So how did Nadine Dorries MP get selected?


1:46 am - October 27th 2009

by Unity    


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You’ve got to feel a little sorry for Tory MP Nadine Dorries at times.

Not only does she seem rather confused by this whole business of the Tories mucking around with all-women shortlists, but the stress of it all seems to have brought on some differing views of the past.

Writing for ConservativeHome she said:

Three weeks before the 2005 general election I, a council estate Scouser, was selected as the Conservative candidate to represent a southern rural constituency. Because the vacancy occurred so quickly and so close to D-day, the party provided my association with a shortlist of seventeen candidates, of which, about five were women. Following a long day of interviews in hot sunny rooms, the list was whittled down to a shortlist of three.

The by-election procedure David Cameron spoke of yesterday existed then, however it was a little more generous to the association in terms of choice. At 9.10pm that evening, Sir Graham Bright invited me to walk back into a packed school hall where I had just delivered my final speech of the day. Met by a wall of applause and a standing ovation, with tears in my eyes, I was informed that I had been selected outright on the first ballot.

I have never, other than when looking into the eyes of my new born babies, felt as proud as I did on that night. That pride, that sense of achievement, the knowledge that I was selected on the basis of my performance and merit above all other candidates on that day is what enables me to hold my head up high in this place. It’s what humbles me every morning when I walk into Members’ Lobby. It gives me confidence to take on my male colleagues with not just a little bottle, because I got here by exactly the same process that they did. They are no better than me and I no lesser than they.

That is also not quite the account that you come across when you consult independent sources.

I guess I should point out that parliamentary selections have, on occasion been a bit of a sore subject for the Nadster:

The row splitting the Hazel Grove party centres on businesswoman Nadine Bargery, 33, chosen as candidate last spring but “deselected” at a meeting six weeks ago. Bosses at Conservative Central Office then stepped in to rule the meeting null and void, leaving millionaire Ms Bargery to attend this week’s party conference in limbo.

Sources indicated that a decision on her candidacy was expected shortly but it is still unclear whether local members of Central Office will have the final say. They said: “The whole thing is a shambles as has been allowed to go on for too long. It must be sorted out as soon as possible but the damage has already been done.”

So, back in 2000, Nadine Dorries (nee Bargery) managed to shave ten years off her age and get thrown out of the seat she was due to contest, within six months of having been selected.

That is until CCHQ stepped in to save the day but not before she apparently had to attend that year’s Tory conference in limbo, which seems to me to be the perfect venue for a Tory conference, unless there’s a vacancy in one of the other circles of hell.

She also lost the election in 2001, having run what can only be described as a truly toe-curling campaign in which she was pictured in bare feet with the caption: ‘Nadine Bargery, she will knock your socks off.

Moving on to 2005, The Times published this account of her selection as candidate for the Mid-Bedfordshire seat that had been hastily vacated by Jonathan Sayeed in rather unfortunate circumstances:

Mrs Dorries, who has three teenage children, easily beat her 11 rivals and won the plum safe seat on the first ballot at the selection this weekend.

Party officials were thrilled that the seat has gone to a woman. Previously, only two women had been selected in the 17 safe seats where sitting MPs have retired.

Senior party figures had made clear to local dignitaries that they would like the seat to go to a woman and presented the constituency with a shortlist of seven women and five men to underline the point.

Yeah, the Nadster certainly can hold her head up high, on entering the House, in the sure and certain knowledge that she got there fair and square after CCHQ turned the screw on her local Conservative Association out of sheer desperation in order to get a female candidate into a safe seat.

That’s so much better than being chosen from all-woman shortlist isn’t it?

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“You’ve got to feel a little sorry for Tory MP Nadine Dorries at times”

Nah.

“Yeah, the Nadster certainly can hold her head up high, on entering the House, in the sure and certain knowledge that she got there fair and square after CCHQ turned the screw on her local Conservative Association out of sheer desperation in order to get a female candidate into a safe seat.”

I bet CCHQ have being ruing the day they enabled Dorries to get selected ever since. She’s a complete fucking disaster; every time she opens her mouth or writes on the internet she makes a tit of herself. A friend of mine works for a Tory MP and apparently it is entirely routine for all Tory MPs to receive Monday-morning emails from Nads, apologising for whatever latest stupid shit she’s done that weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icxJggfW0T0

– Just want to make sure everyone has seen this. Nads on nuclear submarines. Absolutely priceless.

Dorries epitomises the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Dorries epitomises the Dunning-Kruger effect.

One of my all-time favourite pieces of research.

Quiet here, innit? prattory must be late for work this morning.

prattory must be late for work this morning.

Life’s hard when you’re chasing ambulances in a call centre.

Unity

Thanks for this, and for the link. Good digging.

The issue of whether there were 7 women on a shortlist of 12, or 5 on a shortlist of 19 is a matter of fact. The Times report was contemporary and impartial, so sounds convincing to me. It does cast some further doubt as to whether all of ND’s public statements always stack up factually when scrutinised.

However, in either scenario Dorries did well to be selected. I would think it fine for CCHQ to be trying to level the playing field, given how women were being selected at a very low rate in 2005. I bet she pitched well to the Bedford selectorate.

While Dorries’ views of meritocracy are weak, and her account of her history selective, she surely has every right to be proud of becoming an MP.

But I do think she misses the point that AWS selections are also rather competitive. I thought it was pretty shocking when her ConHome piece stated she would not be proud if her daughter get into Parliament, if it was via AWS. Statements like ‘they are in parliament purely because of their gender’ are absurd.

she apparently had to attend that year’s Tory conference in limbo, which seems to me to be the perfect venue for a Tory conference

I always thought that Limbo sounded rather nice. All the best chaps hanging out there, Virgil, Homer, Horace and so on. Aristotle, Julius Caesar.

We came to the foot of a noble castle, encircled seven times by towering walls, defended round about by a fair stream. Over this stream we moved as on dry land. Through seven gates I entered with these sages until we came to a fresh, green meadow.

Sounds all right really.

Unlike that sign I saw over the Conference Hall in Brighton for Brown’s speech…

“Per me si va ne la città dolente, per me si va ne l’etterno dolore, per me si va tra la perduta gente

Agree with you on Dorries by the way. Not one of our ornaments.

This is what happens when it’s rigged. I’ve given up trying but I don’t think i’ve ever made it through one of her blog posts without feeling nauseous. And the comments are even worse (some would suspect that it’s limited to friends & family).

Cheers UK Liberty for the Dunning Kruger thing – absolutely spot on.

I could barely watch that YouTube car crash, she is a terrible mistake.

One of the reasons I have such fondness for the brilliant Tim Ireland is his regular and sharp taking apart of that awful politician.

Btw considering all the regular family values stuff, have readers missed this juicy news item?

“A Conservative parliamentary candidate is facing a deselection vote later over an affair she had with a Tory MP more than four years ago.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8327362.stm

The counterparty was reportedly divorced and has since remarried someone else. I know of no news reporting constituency pressure for his deselection.

Roll on family values.

After she was chosen at the weekend, members discovered from journalists that it had been widely reported in 2006 that she had been involved in an affair between 2004 and 2005 with Mr Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster.

On the ball in Norfolk I see.

So, that Manchester Evening News report calls Nadine a “millionaire”. I presume from her marriage?

Contrast this with her blogpost on her expenses claims, where she presents herself as a single mum struggling to make ends meet:

In fact, to date, I have spent almost £2000 of my own money this year entertaining constituents in the House of Commons. As a single mum with a number of dependents and responsibilities, that is money I have struggled to afford.

As if someone earning £65K a year can’t find £500 a year to do her job. If she also has made substantial amounts from her divorce settlement, this makes her comments even more cynical.

14. Donut Hinge Party

Another piece of creative biography; a director of BUPA is a far cry from the ex-nurse that she paints herself as.

not impressed – by most politician’s history the woman is an angel

or to put it another way, I bet you can’t find a single MP that has more legitimate credentials. Any party.

ps. sorry, my last comment may have sounded like I supported this piece of crap. English people, remember your strengths. If you’re rich, irony, otherwise rob this woman’s house while she’s in London.

Sara Bedford has also done a cracking post on this:

http://sarabedford.com/blog/2009/10/an-over-inflated-sense-of-worth-from-our-favourite-mp/

She points out a Private Eye snippet:

Many thanks to all those readers who wrote in to point out that Nadine Dorries’s children were until recently classmates at Ampleforth College with the children of one Trish Morris. As fellow parents Trish and Nadine got to know each other rather well. And who is Trish? Under her more formal moniker of Baroness Morris, she is vice-chairman of the Conservative party in charge of candidate selection!

So basically it appears she got her safe seat because of who she knows.

According to daughter two Jennifer Dorries mummy pays her some £50,000 of tax payers money to run both her two offices. Jennifer does not have a political bone in her body and often doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. Her employment is not yet declared in RMI Part 2 though her sister Philippa is still recorded there though she has been away in Australia for 6-7 weeks. Jennifer thinks the money and the perks are brilliant though other HoC staff – many with years or decades of experience – do not share her joy that her pay is so high. Many of them are on 40% or 50% of this first jobber’s pay.

Mum brought a tear to the eyes of the house on 06 07 09 when announcing Jennifer had her degree result but also stating that she’d be on the dole and unable to pay her student loan off. Well hats off this need not be a worry any more. Now all Nadine needs to do is work out where her main home is. Clue: It appears to be the one that you call your second home in Woburn as you spend very little time anywhere that could possibly be considered “main”.

http://bit.ly/141m8H #OOHD #GoNads

19. Margaret Young

Nads has finally got her nads, what a Tory hypocrite!


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