Nadine Dorries ousted from Tory WhatsApp group for praising PM

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  • Nadine Dorries
    British politician (born 1957)
  • Boris Johnson
    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
Nadine Dorries (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)
Nadine Dorries (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)

Nadine Dorries has been kicked out of a Tory WhatsApp group for urging MPs to show Boris Johnson “a bit of loyalty”.

Amid claims Brexit minister Lord Frost’s resignation on Saturday was a “disaster” and a “hammer blow” for Mr Johnson, Culture Secretary Ms Dorries called him “a hero”.

Ex-minister Steve Baker removed her from the Clean Global Brexit group - made up of over 100 Conservative MPs - saying: “Enough is enough.”

The prime minister is facing growing criticism from backbenchers, especially over the introduction of further Covid measures to tackle the Omicron variant.

He faced the biggest rebellion of his premiership on Tuesday when 100 of his own MPs voted down Plan B restrictions for England, including the introduction of Covid passports for certain venues.

Nadine Dorries kicked out of a Tory WhatsApp group (Sam Coates / Sky)
Nadine Dorries kicked out of a Tory WhatsApp group (Sam Coates / Sky)

But the measures passed after Labour decided to vote in favour of the plan.

Since then, the UK has reported sky high Covid cases, with 90,418 on Saturday.

Tory MPs began reacting to the news of Lord Frost’s exit in their WhatsApp group, calling him a “hero” and saying his views were echoed by most of the party.

But Ms Dorries - who was promoted to cabinet in the last reshuffle - responded by saying: "The hero is the prime minister who delivered Brexit."

She added: “I’m aware as someone said today that regicide is in the DNA of [the] Conservative Party, but a bit of loyalty to the person who won an 83 [seat] majority and delivered Brexit wouldn’t go amiss.”

Her colleague Conor Burns said she was “absolutely right”, adding: “Memory seems to be very short.”

But before his post had even come through, Mr Baker removed Ms Dorries from the group, with another MP thanking him for the move.

He said there were two “critical” reasons for Johnson’s large win in the December 2019 election - his Brexit deal being rejected by Parliament and the fact “someone (ahem) but not him persuaded [Nigel] Farage not to run against incumbents”.

But Mr Baker urged other members not to argue, posting: “We have troubles enough in our immediate future.”

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