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Nadine Dorries
This morning
Posted Monday, 13 April 2009 at 11:45

5 Live called to say they were being leaned on by lawyers with regard to any reference to Tom Watson MP and before I went on, would I just be aware of that.

 

I asked them what they wanted me to do with that information and were they saying I couldn’t talk about Tom Watson? No said the researcher, we are just under a bit of pressure here, that’s all, just be careful.

 

BBC Breakfast producer told me they weren’t taking Derek Draper on because they were being leaned on by his lawyers and he had already made ‘legal’ noises against them.

 

So what’s going on here then?

I’m going to stay in the constituency as I have work to do.

 

Here is my article for the Independent.

 

ConservativeHome  have posted the Sky interview from my mum’s garden yesterday morning.

 

What a relaxing Easter!!!

 
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Watson and Draper are engaging lawyers ? Interesting .... has any kind of pre-action correspondence been issued against them as yet ? - Media Lawyer
 
 
Andrew Allison said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
It seems as if Tom Watson has done a Macavity and retreated to his bunker. The fact 5 Live are being leant on implies some sort of guilt. He is certainly not willing to defend himself. Derek Draper... well, he knows his career is over (again). I wonder if it is the same lawyers representing him and Watson. You've been great on the broadcasts I have seen of you and a great article in The Independent. Don't let the bastards grind you down.
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Tam Dalyell, the ex-Labour MP and former Leader of the Commons, described Number 10 as a “viper’s nest” and criticised Mr Brown’s decision to employ Mr McBride Mr Dalyell, respected on all sides of the House of Commons, said: “It looks to a great many members of the Labour Party that Downing Street has become a viper’s nest. “The difficulty is, how do you employ a man like McBride in the first place? Do you think that Jim Callaghan would have given such a man the time of day? No. “Or, for that matter, Harold Wilson? Or John Smith? Certainly not.” Mr Dalyell added: “I am very upset on behalf of the Labour Party, and so are a great many other members of the party. If I was a Labour MP at the moment, I would be as sick as a parrot.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/labour/5148175/Email-scandal-has-brought-shame-on-Labour-says-Alan-Johnson.html
 
 
Plato-Says said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Keep your chin up - good stuff on R5 earlier.
 
 
Jenny Gibbons said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Having read Iain Dale's account of the campaign against you, I wanted to access your blog to show support. At least there is a positive: the whole thing is being exposed, and you are no longer uncertain as to what they might say and what the outcome will be. We know some of the outcome, but the damage is probably going to spread further in Labour circles. You can't say it, but your crime seems to be being an attractive woman. Just sit back and wait; and - a lawyer's advice - NEVER EVER sue for libel!!
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
This is a "must read" Kavanagh in The Sun puts in the steel-tipped boot. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/columnists/kavanagh/article2374109.ece
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Watson and Draper can try to use lawyers to bully people but they dare not take this to court. Everything would then have to come out - all the details, all the circulation lists. And we know they wouldn't want that. The truth of their behaviour will out and it will damn them and their leader forever.
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
In the event that the link is broken this is the "killer" part of Kavanagh it "The Sun" While Gordon was saving the world, devious Mandy was pulling their strings — along with hatchet man Tom Watson. It was Watson, now a minister and McBride’s Downing Street boss, who finished off Tony Blair in a plotters’ coup — 24 hours after conferring with Gordon at his Fife home. This was the motley crew who dreamed grisly lies about David Cameron and George Osborne. Caught red-handed, the scandal-mongers tried the old trick of pretending it was all juvenile high jinks and never intended for publication. Don’t fall for it. This was a sinister and unscrupulous operation to malign the next government. It was intended to hurt anyone in range, including innocent bystanders. Astonishingly, considering his own breakdown, Draper was even prepared to smear the wife of George Osborne with hints of depression. Whatever denials or apologies are now issued, that smear is now as indelible as it is distressing. Having disposed of his Rottweiler, Mr Brown has washed his hands of the affair. But can he seriously claim that he had no idea what was going on?
 
 
Nicolas Bellord said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I cannot see whether Brown knew about the emails or not has anything to do with this matter. Brown was the direct employer of McBride and thus is directly responsible for what McBride does. No way can McBride's actions be seen as outwith what he was employed to do. Brown should resign. I do wonder why Nadine Dorries was picked on for such damnable lies. Any ideas?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
On the 'NEVER EVER sue for for libel' point - I would point out that the greater majority of libel cases are settled within the pre-action protocol for defamation without court proceedings ever having to be issued and without anyone having to be 'sued'. That's one of the main reasons why the protocol was written in the first place. - Media Lawyer
 
 
Proud Dundonian said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
This must be thoroughly unpleasant for you, but you've been excellent on TV and radio; well done.
 
 
Martin Day said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Gordon Brown has denied involvement in the manufacture of smear stories or even knowledge of it. You can easily doubt this is really true as he works directly with the people involved and indeed even spun in the Sun newspaper, a picture of the workplace in the last year of him getting on with the job! Here is why you might think Brown was involved. If you think about it the press has had a lot of articles building up Sarah Brown recently, starting to Twitter in time for the next election, the hiring of clothes, Sarah Brown being part of the Brown campaign at the next election and much talk about her taking stands at summits in reference to foods she declined in a blatant pitch for certain types of voters. What “better” for such a campaign than to smear the wives of your opponents! Brown is in this up to his neck! He is the mastermind as his wife is being wheeled out as an electoral prop; meanwhile the substitute team and their partners/wives are being smeared by a pack of lies. Four recent daily mail stories about Sarah Brown the last one identifies how Sarah will be an asset in a future campaign using Twitter and actively campaigning for Labour! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1158483/Sarah-Brown-Michelle-Obama-hold-First-Wives-Summit.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169248/Sarah-Brown-refuses-eat-veal-foie-gras-Nato-summit-banquet.html?ITO=1490 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1166589/Sarah-Brown-introduces-cream-British-female-talent-Naomi-Campbell-Michelle-girls-night-in.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1168630/PMs-wife-Sarah-Downing-Tweet-joins-Twitter-craze.html The more you look at this the more convinced you could be that Gordon Brown wanted the McBride e-mail strategy. Why else would Brown position his wife into such a position of electoral importance as has been reportedly recently in the press? Whilst an electronic trail may not go directly to Brown a print off of an e-mail may well have passed Gordon’s eye. You can just see him marking the paper copy with a big fat Black felt tip pen and smiling as he looks at it, indeed in such a small office it is hard to believe that Brown could not have been chipping in and joking about the smears with ideas as he is a *strategic genius*!!!! Yes you could think Brown wanted this smear strategy as part of “use Sarah Brown” to promote Gordon positively whilst engage in an unfounded dirty smear campaign against Conservative opponents. The other interesting factor is the amount of articles appearing in the daily Mail; maybe the No.10 team have a good contact to place stories within the Mail group?
 
 
Akhenaten said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I truly suspect that this business is the evidence for growing corruption in the "Ming Court" They have lost the "Mandate of Heaven", and are unlikely to regain it. They do not face the Manchus, but they do face Nadine Dorries! I suspect a Court Action will be tiresome, muck raking, distracting, and ultimately redundant. Save your energies, for the Campaign on the real Issues is my advice. There are many of these- some of them not too clear. On these, I will hold my peace for now. The public, by now, knows dirty tricks when it smells them. Just for fun- "Spin" is not as new as we think. In the British Museum there is a statue of Pharaoh Amunhotep the Third- tall, martial and handsome. The reality (from his Mummy)- a short fat bald man with terrible teeth and appalling abscesses. He would have given away half his Empire for a decent Dentist...
 
 
Andrew E said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Saw you on BBC Breakfast this morning - you were excellent despite the unprofessional antics of the BBC presenter. Please sue and then your lawyers can call Brown into the box. It would be interesting to see if his 'I didn't do it Guv' act would survive perjury.
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Just a quick note to express my support for you. I've been watching the drama unfold at Guido's and popping into LabourList to see what they have to say (I then feel I need a shower!). I'm not, by nature, a Conservative - more Libertarian, but one thing I am never going to do again (forgive me, I was naive and stupid in 1997) is vote for Labour.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I have been keeping a very close eye on these events over the Easter Week-end. Brown in his bunker (again) denying everything. It is always something 'un-expected' that brings governments down! Could this be the moment I have been waiting for for so long? Stay calm and beautiful Nadine....it is all very unpleasant but you will conquer in the end. With very best wishes to you.
 
 
Man in the Street said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Great news, getting nearer the bottom now.
 
 
RM said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I'm not one of your constituents but have been following the McBride story on the Guido Fawkes site since Thursday & just want to let you know that I am completely disgusted by No 10's behaviour. It's always horrible for the people involved when something like this smear campaign raises its ugly head. Perhaps you can take comfort from the fact that you must be seen as a threat to Labour if they're trying to smear you like this? On the plus side, most reasonable people already know that Labour lie, lie & lie again constantly & won't believe them anyway. I notice Gordon Brown has made himself scarce again - as he always does when he's in trouble. Stay strong & don't let it get to you.
 
 
Geoffrey said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Nadine, I watched the sky interview and was playing at being you. To 2 questions I would have been defensive but you went on the attack - specifically against Brown. Wow, was I impressed!
 
 
 
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