Nadine Dorries reported over 'misogynist' tweet about councillor

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries arrives at the Science Museum on October 19, 2021 in London, England. The summit brought together British politicians, royalty, CEOs of the world's biggest banks and other business leaders with the aim of highlighting how the UK is
Culture secretary Nadine Dorries has been reported over an alleged 'misogynist' tweet. (Getty)

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries has been reported over an alleged 'misogynist' tweet she sent about a local councillor.

John Morris, who sits on Huntingdonshire District Council in the MP's constituency, has flagged the offensive post to the Parliamentary Standards Commission.

The Liberal Democrat said he was unaware of the 2015 tweet until someone highlighted it to him earlier this week, the Ely Standard reported. 

At the time, he had tweeted the now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport saying "did you drink too much wine last night?"

To which she responded: "Are you just a misogynist with a small ****?"

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Cllr Morris, who represents Brampton and Hinchingbrooke, said: "I was appalled.

"It came to my attention earlier this week and even though it was sent in 2015, I have decided to make an official complaint.

"I know Nadine Dorries is thought of as a bit of a character and has a reputation for shooting from the hip, but it is appalling.

"Misogyny should be taken seriously and this tweet serves only to devalue the real issue."

While Cllr Morris does not want the MP for Mid Bedfordshire to lose her job, he expects an apology.

He added: "It is more than ironic that at a time the government is working to pass its Online Safety Bill, which seeks to introduce controls and punishments for online abuse, at the same time the Secretary of State for Digital if herself dishing out on-line abuse.”

Dorries was challenged about past tweets to journalists, which were described as “offensive”, during her first appearance before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee this week. 

She responded by suggesting female politicians criticised on Twitter needed to be able to respond “assertively”.

It comes as Tory MP Caroline Nokes criticised Dorries for using “considerable influence and power in the media” to dismiss her allegation of inappropriate touching against the Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson in 2003.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Dorries rejected her Conservative colleague’s allegation.

“I don’t believe it happened,” Dorries said.

“I have known Stanley for 15 years. He is a gentleman. It never happened to me. Maybe there is something wrong with me.”

Stanley Johnson, father of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is seen near the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 25, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Stanley Johnson has not denied the allegations but said he has “no recollection”. (Getty)

Nokes, chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, said she was disappointed that the Cabinet minister chose to “denounce me in this way” and hoped her comments do not deter others from reporting sexual harassment.

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Nokes' allegation prompted Ailbhe Rea, a journalist with the New Statesman, to allege Johnson groped her at the Tory party conference in 2019.

Johnson, 81, has not denied the allegations but said he has “no recollection” of either incident.

Labour has called on the Conservative Party to investigate the allegations, but it has declined to say whether a probe would be launched.

Yahoo News UK has contacted Dorries for comment.

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