Nadine Dorries will 'keep job' as culture secretary if Liz Truss is next PM
Nadine Dorries will keep her job as culture secretary to resolve "unfinished business" with the BBC if Liz Truss becomes prime minister, according to reports.
An unknown source has told The Mail that only two current cabinet members are in line to keep their jobs - Dorries, and defence secretary Ben Wallace.
As Truss continues to gain support in the Conservative Party leadership contest against former chancellor Rishi Sunak, she has reportedly confirmed that Dorries is likely to stay where she is.
The source told the paper: "Only two names went on the early draft in the same positions they already held and stayed there – Nadine and Ben. Nadine in particular has a lot of unfinished business on her desk."
Since her appointment to the position last September, Dorries – who once appeared on reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here while serving as an MP – has warned the BBC that the licence fee needs to be reformed because the "days of state-run television are over".
Dorries has overseen proposed new legislation intended to curtail the power of social media giants, including the Online Safety Bill, which will impose a duty of care on tech giants to protect users against illegal or harmful content.
She has also called for the privatisation of Channel 4, overseen the sale of Chelsea Football Club and spoken in support of diverting arts funding to the regions.
The former nurse, and mother-of-three, is as known for her outspokenness as her policies, as well as her tendency to change her mind.
She argued and voted against gay marriage in 2013, dismissing it as a policy pursued “by the metro elite gay activists”, but since said that her opposition to the gay marriage bill was her “biggest regret”.
She once claimed that her political blog was “70% fiction”, after the MPs standards watchdog criticised it for potentially misleading constituents about how much time she spent in her constituency.
However, a week later she said that the blog was an accurate representation of life as an MP.
In July this year, amid a heated Commons debate, Dorries could be seen repeatedly shouting: "You're boring", at opposition leader Keir Starmer.
As part of her campaign to win the Tory leadership contest, Truss has pledged a crackdown on "woke" government policy, and has long made clear her intention to stand up to left-wingers who may oppose her views.
In June she told group of Conservative MPs that she was "fed up" of being "apologetic to the left", and Dorries too has publicly scorned cancel culture and overt political correctness.
In 2017, she tweeted: "Left wing snowflakes are killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto, removing Christ from Christmas and suppressing free speech. Sadly, it must be true, history does repeat itself. It will be music next."
As a staunch supporter of Boris Johnson, she has kept her place in cabinet, and it appears she may not be going anywhere any time soon.
In July she made her support of Truss clear when she attacked Sunak for his expensive tastes.
She tweeted: “Liz Truss will be travelling the country wearing her earrings which cost circa £4.50 from Claire Accessories. Meanwhile… Rishi visits [Teesside] in Prada shoes worth £450 and sported [a] £3,500 bespoke suit as he prepared for crunch leadership vote.”