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Nadine Dorries formally quits as MP

29 Aug 2023 3 minute read
Nadine Dorries . Photo Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Nadine Dorries has formally quit as an MP after the Treasury confirmed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has appointed her to be Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern, the archaic mechanism for quitting the Commons.

It comes after the former culture secretary finally handed in her resignation over the weekend, with a by-election now set to be scheduled in the Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are already campaigning for the seat, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak facing the prospect of another difficult electoral test for the Conservatives in a nominally safe constituency.

Her formal exit means a motion called a “writ” can be moved when Parliament returns on September 4, giving between 21 and 27 working days for the by-election.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey will visit Mid Bedfordshire later on Tuesday, his fourth campaign stop in the seat since Ms Dorries originally announced her plan to depart and the first since she formally stood down.

While there he will call for increased funding to expand capacity at local GP practices.

“The people of Mid Bedfordshire have been taken for granted for too long,” Sir Ed said.

“From not being able to see a GP to having an absent MP, it’s clear this part of the world has been completely ignored by the Conservatives.

“People across Bedfordshire should be able to get an appointment with their doctor when they need it – instead we have a Government that just can’t get the basics right.

“The Liberal Democrats are the clear challengers in this by-election, every vote for our local champion Emma Holland-Lindsay will be a vote to send a message to the Conservatives that enough is enough.”

Labour’s candidate Alistair Strathern was also campaigning over the bank holiday weekend.

The party is seeking to overturn a 24,000 majority in the seat to see off the Tories.


The departure of Ms Dorries came after weeks of pressure on her to quit and act on her June 9 pledge to step down with “immediate effect” in protest at not getting a peerage in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list.

The Johnson loyalist resigned over the weekend with a scathing attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The Mid Bedfordshire poll comes in the wake of two major Government by-election defeats in July, when Labour overturned a 20,000 majority in Selby and Ainsty and the Liberal Democrats flipped a 19,000 blue majority in Somerton and Frome.

Mr Sunak’s party did manage to hang on to Mr Johnson’s old Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, but with a much-reduced majority.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper admitted the by-election would be “tough”, telling TalkTV on Tuesday: “All mid-term by-elections are tough.

“We’ve got a fantastic candidate in Festus (Akinbusoye), who’s the police and crime commissioner there.

“He’s well known, well respected and well liked. I know that from doors that I’ve knocked on we will be fighting hard for every vote. But you’re right, it’s tough mid-term by-elections, it won’t be an easy fight.

“But we’re going to go out there and give it everything we’ve got.”

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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
7 months ago

She is the True Tory… Pompous, greedy, woefully overestimates their own intellectual capabilities and skills, self-regarding to the point of absurdity, shallow and deeply pathetic.
Imagine being dissed so hard by your leader that you say you will resign in protest ad then only do that after being forced to because you are such a lazy and useless little wally.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
7 months ago

She’s gone as an MP but being on Tripe TV and in a leading filth rag, she will continue to hang around like a bad smell.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

So many people voted for her, what were they thinking…a fiction now pulped…

7 months ago

“But we’re going to go out there and give it everything we’ve got.”
They’re doomed, doomed!!

7 months ago

How was Doris permitted to quit. She should have been sacked, and quite possibly jailed. She will not last long on Hate TV because she comes across as too unhinged even for them. Farage is clearly unhinged, but he is saved by owning a penis. Women get labelled crazy (or strident or hectoring) for even the gentlest disagreements with men. But Doris has clearly been drinking from puddles for decades. She was newsworth because of her position, her loyalty to a criminal PM and her tenuous grip on reality. Not for her thought leadership of the far right. Fisht Sunak… Read more »

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