Nadine Dorries Reveals Why She Decided To Step Down With 'Immediate Effect'
Nadine Dorries has said she will not formally resign until she is given answers about why she did not get her peerage.
The former culture secretary announced she would quit her Mid Bedfordshire seat “with immediate effect” last Friday after being denied her a seat in the House of Lords as requested in Boris Johnson’s honours list.
But there has been intense speculation as Ms Dorries is yet to formally resign in writing.
In a series of tweets tonight, she said she is waiting for answers from the Government about why she did not get her peerage.
Ms Dorries said: “There is much speculation about the time at which I become appointed the bailiff of Northstead Manor, as part of the arcane resignation process when standing down as an MP.
“To put an end to this, I am awaiting responses to my Subject Access Requests submitted to HOLAC, Cabinet Secretary and the Cabinet Office where I will then take the time to properly consider the information I am provided.
“I have requested copies of WhatsApps, text messages, all emails and minutes of meetings both formal and informal with names of senior figures un redacted.
“My office continues to function as normal and will of course continue to serve my constituents of Mid Bedfordshire as we have done for the last 18 years until this time.
“It is absolutely my intention to resign, but given what I know to be true and the number of varying and conflicting statements issued by No10 since the weekend, this process is now sadly necessary.”
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Ms Dorries announced her resignation on Friday afternoon in what marked the start of a tumultuous 24 hours for Rishi Sunak.
She said: “I have today informed the chief whip that I am standing down as the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, with immediate effect.
“It has been an honour to serve as the MP for such a wonderful constituency but it is now time for another to take the reins.”
Hours later, Mr Johnson revealed he was quitting as an MP after receiving the findings of the Privileges Committee’s probe into whether he lied to Parliament over partygate.
And on Saturday, Conservative MP Nigel Adams announced he was following the former prime minister and Ms Dorries’ lead in exiting Westminster in the row over the resignation honours list.
Mr Johnson and Mr Adams have now formally resigned in writing, meaning that by-elections in their seats were triggered this morning.
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