Nadine Dorries has resigned as a Conservative MP from her seat in Midfordshire, following a violent attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Here is the full resignation letter:
It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life to serve the good people of Midfordshire as a Member of Parliament for 18 years, and I consider myself fortunate to have served in Westminster for nearly a quarter of a century. Despite what some in the media and you yourself have pointed out, my team of caseworkers and I have continued to work honestly and diligently for my constituents to this day.
When she arrived in Mid Bedfordshire in 2005, she inherited a Conservative majority of 8,000 votes. Over the course of five elections, that number has grown to nearly 25,000 seats, making it one of the safest in the country. A legacy of which I am proud.
During my time as a Member of Parliament, I served as Rear Member, Chair of the Bill Committee, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs before becoming Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) during the Covid crisis, after which I was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). I was offered the continuation of my cabinet post by your predecessor, Les Truss, and I am grateful for your personal phone call the morning you appointed your cabinet in October, even if you declined to take the call.
As politicians, one of the greatest things we can do is give people access to opportunities to fulfill their aspirations and help them change their lives for the better. At DHSC, she advocates for meaningful improvements in maternal and newborn safety. She launched the Women’s Health Strategy and pushed forward an evidence-based national trial of group B streptococcus in pregnant women with the aim of reducing infant mortality. When I resigned as Secretary of State for the DCMS, I was able to thank the professional, dedicated and diligent civil servants for making our Department the best performer in Whitehall. We worked tirelessly to promote the Online Safety Bill to protect young people, froze the BBC’s license fee, included the sale of Channel 4 in the Media Bill to protect its long-term future, and led the world in imposing culture sanctions when Putin invaded. Ukraine.
I have worked with and encouraged the technology sector, to seek out unskilled talent such as creative and critical thinking in underserved communities offering those who faced a life of low unskilled wages or benefits access to higher paying jobs and social mobility. What many of the tech CEOs and business leaders I spoke to really wanted was meaningful regulatory reform from you as an advisor to enable companies not only to do business in the UK, but also to list on the London Stock Exchange instead of in New York. You showed off your gleaming smile in your Prada pumps and Savile Row suit from behind the camera, but you weren’t listening. All they received in return were cliches and rhetoric showing how good California life was. London is now losing its appeal as more UK-based companies seek better opportunities to list in the US. That is entirely up to you, Prime Minister.
Well before announcing my resignation, in July 2022, I informed the Cabinet Secretary, Simon Case, of my intention to step down. The leading figures of the party, who are close allies of yours, have continued to this day in their plea to me to wait until the next general election rather than hold another party-destroying by-election when we are consistently twenty points behind in the standings. Polls.
Having witnessed first-hand the overthrow of Boris Johnson and then Liz Truss, I decided that the British people had a right to know what was happening in his name. Why have we had five Conservative prime ministers since 2010, with none of the previous four having left office as a result of losing the general election? This is a democratic deficit of which all parliaments should be deeply ashamed, and which, as you all know, is the result of the machinations of a small group of individuals at the heart of the party and Downing Street.
Initially, my investigation focused on the political assassination of Boris Johnson, but as I spoke to more and more people – and I spoke to a lot of people, from former and current prime ministers and cabinet ministers through all levels of government and Westminster to journalists – a dark story emerged that became more interesting. To worry with everyone I spoke to.
It has become clear to me in the course of my work that my remaining an assistant is not compatible with publishing a book exposing how corrupt the democratic process is at the heart of our party. When I revealed this troubling situation, knowing that the forces arrayed against me made me grateful to have retained my parliamentary privilege until today. And as you also know, Prime Minister, these forces are today the most powerful figures in the country. The attack against me even included the bizarre scene in which a Cabinet Minister claimed (without evidence) before a select committee that he had reported me to the Office of Whips and Speakers (neither office could not only confirm this as true, but that they had no power to act, as he knew). . It is certainly as clear a violation of the neutrality of the Civil Service as you might like to see.
But worst of all was the spectacle of the Prime Minister insulting his office by opening the floodgates to create a public frenzy against one of his deputies. You failed to point out in your public comments that an injunction cannot be served for a by-election during the summer. And that the earliest date for any by-elections is the end of September. The clearly orchestrated, almost daily personal attacks show the pathetic low level your government has reached.
It’s a modus operandi set up by your allies targeting Boris Johnson, passed on to Liz Truss and passed on to me now. But I was not prime minister. I have no security or protection. Attacks by people, led by you, have declared open season on me, and the past weeks have resulted in the police having to visit my house and contact me on a number of occasions due to threats made against me personally.
Since you took office a year ago, the country has been run by a zombie parliament where nothing meaningful has happened. What exactly has been accomplished or achieved? You hold the position of prime minister unelected, without a single vote, not even from your deputies. You do not have a mandate from the people and the government is going adrift. You have wasted the goodwill of the nation, for what?
And what a difference it is now since 2019, when Boris Johnson won eighty seats and a greater share of the vote than Tony Blair in the landslide Labor victory of 1997. We were just five points behind on the day he took over as prime minister. He was removed from office. Since I became Prime Minister, his entire statement has been abandoned. We cannot simply ignore the democratic choice of the electorate, remove both the prime minister and the commitments they voted for in the manifesto, and then expect to return to the people in the hope that they will continue to support us without question. They have an agency, and they will use it.
Settlement has been abandoned, and with it the disenfranchised communities it sought to serve. Welfare, ready to go, is deserted with the hope of all who care for the old and the weak. The Internet Safety Bill has been relaxed. BBC funding reform, clock down. The mental health law has expired. Cut defense spending. Our commitment to net zero, animal welfare, green issues relevant to the planet and voters under 40 has been squandered. As Lord Goldsmith wrote in his resignation letter, “You simply don’t care about the environment or the natural world.” What exactly are you standing for?
You have increased the corporate tax to 25%, which has taken us to the level of the highest tax rate since World War II at 75% of GDP, and you have completely failed to reduce illegal immigration or deliver the benefits of Brexit. The fire of EU legislation has deviated. The Windsor Framework Convention, a dead Convention, was brought into existence by dubious promises of favoring the future with menial rewards and potential gongs for MPs. Stormont is still not sitting still.
Whatever your advisor, last week you took credit for bringing down inflation, citing your “plan”. There was no budget, no new financial measures, no debate, no plan. And such statements make fools of British public opinion. Lower commodity prices such as oil and gas, easing pressure on wheat supplies and an increase in interest rates by the Bank of England have taken the heat out of the economy and lowered inflation. To claim credit personally for this was disingenuous, to say the least.
It is a fact that there is no affection for Keir Starmer on the doorstep. He does not have the X-factor qualities of Thatcher, or Blair, or Boris Johnson, and unfortunately, you are also the Prime Minister. Your actions have left some 200 or more of my fellow Parliamentarians facing an electoral tsunami and the loss of their livelihoods, because in your impatience to become Prime Minister, you place your personal ambition above the stability of the country and our economy. Confused, we search in vain for the grand political vision to which the people of this great country must adhere, and which would make all this subsequent obstruction and stagnation worthwhile, and find nothing at all.
I would take some comfort from explaining to people exactly how you and your allies achieved this undemocratic upheaval in my book. I am a proud working-class conservative, which is why the compromise agenda was so important to me. I know firsthand how effective a strong helping hand can be in lifting someone out of poverty, and how vision, hope, and opportunity can change someone’s life. I have abandoned basic principles of conservatism. History will not judge you kindly.
Today I shall notify the Chancellor of my intent to take over the Chiltern Hundreds, enabling the injunction to be moved on the 4th of September for the by-election which you are so desperately seeking.