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Nadine Dorries and the constituents who ‘haven’t seen their MP in years’ | Politics News

In the constituency of Mid Bedfordshire, most people have an opinion about their apparently AWOL MP Nadine Dorries.

“She’s an acquired taste,” says a man with a grin and a snort as he trots off through Ampthill’s weekly market.

The former culture secretary announced she was resigning “with immediate effect” in June after missing out on a peerage in her ally Boris Johnson’s honours list.

But she still hasn’t formally quit – meaning a by-election can’t take place.

“I’ve not seen her for years, but I sell her novels,” said the owner of the Ampthill market bookstand – a nod to Ms Dorries’ parallel career as a writer.

Another man says the MP used to be more present and had met her on a couple of occasions “usually when she was standing outside Waitrose”.

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‘Time for Nadine Dorries to go’

This is not the first time Nadine Dorries has ruffled feathers in her patch.

Back in 2013, thousands of her constituents signed a petition calling for a by-election after she turned up in the Australian jungle as part of the TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

That still grates for some locals.

“She can stay in the jungle because that’s just how much good she is for us … to be honest I’ve never seen the woman,” says one lady back in Ampthill.

In nearby Flitwick, three homemade posters hung near the train station proclaim “dosser Dorries out” and “£86k a year, but she’s never here!” – a reference to the salary paid to MPs.

A sign calling for Nadine Dorries to quit hung outside a local train station station. Photo by Jez Darr
A sign calling for Nadine Dorries to quit hung outside a local train station station. Pic: Jez Darr

Sky News received no reply when we visited two addresses registered to Ms Dorries in Worcestershire and the Cotswolds.

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This notice was published: 2023-08-11 01:02:00

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