new culture secretary Nadine Dorries already facing backlash Some of his previous controversial statements on his appointment as the MD were widely shared on social media. Boris Johnson’s reshuffle was going on.
After a brief stint at I’m A Celebrity, Dorries took over in 2012 from Oliver Dowden, who previously served as health minister.
But soon after the promotion, critics expressed concerns about the movement, including accusations that “brown women look the same” in the past. He also admitted that he once wrote a blog that was “70% fiction” to reassure his constituents about how hard he was working.
In 2013, Dorries had to defend himself against accusations of racism after a bizarre claim on Twitter that a mixed-race lawmaker looked like a former boxer. Chris Eubank.
Dorries claimed to be the then-Labour shadow business secretary. Chuka Umunna He looked more like Eubank than the Barack Obama with whom he had been compared before.
Dorries wrote: “I am apparently racist because I think Chuck (sic) Does Umunna look like Chris Eubank? What would I say if I told you that you look like a white person?”
Umuna faced off embarrassing allegations. He said his staff had changed their Wikipedia page to include comparisons to Obama.
Two years ago, Dorries confused two women who had nothing in common except that they were both Asian.
Commenting on a tweet showing a journalist’s clip Ash SarkarThe Tory MP, from Mid Bedfordshire, said he thought this indicated Labor’s “possible candidate for Chingford”.
But this was actually another one – Faiza Shaheen. Shaheen pointed out the mistake in a tweet: “When Tories think all brown women look the same.” Sarkar also tweeted to say they were “two different women”.
Dorries apologized. Declaration He told the BBC that he saw the clip “in a tiny video on my little phone screen” while writing the tweet, adding: “I was really guessing, so I worded the tweet carefully as ‘maybe’. ”
Sarkar on Tuesday tweeted out“Anyway, congratulations to Penny Mordaunt—namely, Nadine Dorries—for her promotion to Minister of Culture.”
Dorries’ previous comments on the arts may alarm the industry, particularly when he complained in 2017 of what he perceived as the impact of “leftist snowflakes” on culture.
Dorries, who is also a writer, wrote: “Left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy, demolishing historical statues, removing books from universities, fooling the panto, turning Christ away from Christmas, and stifling freedom of speech. Unfortunately it must be true, history repeats itself. Music will be next.”
And last year he turned his attention to the BBC, saying he supported the BBC “a sharp, very left-wing, often hypocritical and often patronizing view that turns people away”.
When Dorries was kicked out of the Conservative Party in 2012 for I’m Famous… he came into the limelight without first informing the head whip.
However, he was re-admitted to the party in May 2013.
Dorries was also involved in a series of controversies during his tenure as MP.
In 2009, when allegations of MPs’ spending surfaced by the Daily Telegraph, he admitted to making taxpayers pay the £2,190 deposit bill lost in a rented flat.
And in 2010, he was reprimanded by parliamentary standards commissioner John Lyon in October 2010 for mistaking his constituents for how much time he spent in Mid Bedfordshire on his blog, admitting it was “70% fiction”.
The former nurse and mother of three daughters often clashes with what she considers the image of her party, describing herself as a “normal mom from a family” while referring to David Cameron and George Osborne as “arrogant luxury kids.” has a poor background and who didn’t go to a fancy school”.
Dorries was born in Liverpool in 1957 and grew up on a municipal estate.
She started her career as a nurse before becoming a manager in Bupa, opening a babysitting business in her career.
Before being elected to Parliament as a Mid Bedfordshire MP in 2005, he worked for three years as an adviser to Oliver Letwin, the former shadow home secretary and shadow prime minister of finance.