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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Sunday, 21 June 2009 at 11:41

 

I have an article in The Mail On Sunday outlining the reasons why I do not believe that John Bercow should be Speaker.

 

When I was asked to write this, I consulted colleagues within the party, from the top to the bottom.

 

Some who have sadly decided to walk away and others who are charging to push reform from the front. I deliberately sought opinion from those held in the highest regard, even today.

 

Every single colleague, without exception both urged and encouraged me to meet the request, indeed, even gave me more information than I could incorporate into an article.

 

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/debate/article-1194464/NADINE-DORRIES-Bercow-oily-opportunist-lacking-loyalty-courage--I-speak-Tory.html

 

 

Today, Ben Rogers on ConservativeHome, http://conservativehome.blogs.com/centreright/2009/06/john-bercow-the-man-another-side-of-the-story.html#more

 

has put across an alternative view, however, I am aftraid that it in no way answers the question as to why John should be Speaker.

 

I assume that Ben’s article, posted today, had more to do with making the case for John to be Speaker than simply to be rude about me?

 

As well as outlining the number of trips to Burma John has undertaken, maybe Ben could have explained why he thought it would be right to have a Speaker that only half of the House can support at a time of such need for Parliament to be united? A Speaker with absolutely no Conservative support.

 

If John Bercow is elected Speaker tomorrow, then Parliament is lost.

 

The fact that such a travesty could take place in the face of such public anger will in itself demonstrate that MPs have learnt absolutely nothing and still feel that tribal politics is more important than democracy.

 

I have supported Anne Widdecombe; however, it is of no concern to me which party the Speaker comes from. The Speaker must be above party politics, be strong, principled and brave. Have the ability to command respect, display authority and drive through reform.

 

That person is not Bercow, who if elected will breed resentment, deepen division and polarise the chamber.

 

Tomorrow is a big day in terms of whether or not we can begin to restore our reputation.

 

If Labour vote in Bercow, then all that will be lost as the media will once again tear both Parliament and most especially Labour MPs apart.

 

We simply cannot allow this to happen.

 
 
 
Robert Eve said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 June 2009
If Bercow wins then I'm sure you'll kick him out next summer.
 
 
Tony said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 June 2009
Most unlikely that John Bercow will be voted in. I have suggested before that it could turn out to be a "two horse race" between Margaret Beckett and Sir George Young. A fascinating contest and politicalbetting.com have some informative threads
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 June 2009
Well done Nadine yet again. You probably don't realise how many people are greatful for the courage you have shown in exposing the real John Bercow that only close observers would have known. You have spoken the truth with such honesty and courage; you can do no more. We just have to hope and pray now that the RT Hon. Gentlemen and Lady MPs sel ect a person of honour and personal integrity, someone who is respected not just by fellow MPs in all parties but also by the general public; who have completly lost trust in Government, MPs and the whole political process. In my view there are only two candidates that have a chance of winning tomorrow and that have the necessary qualities, they are, Anne Widdicombe and Sir George Young. (if Anne Widdicombe wins then I hope Frank Field replaces her after the next general Election).
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 June 2009
Anne Widdicombe is winning support from unexpected people in unexpected places..The Independent 19 June. John Hari: 'Widdecombe would win my vote...her politics are the polar opposite of mine. But she is the best for speaker' : http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-widdecombe-would-win-my-vote-1708910.html
 
 
The Grim Reaper said:
Responded: Sunday, 21 June 2009
Most Tories seem to absolutely hate Bercow. Fair enough, in one sense. But I honestly think this is all very counter-productive. There's nothing Labour MPs like more than getting one over their Tory counterparts - hence why I suspect they will vote in large numbers for Bercow to be the next speaker. Nadine - you may have inadvertently shot yourself in the foot here.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Nadine for Speaker.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
"Nadine for Speaker"?! So you think the Speaker should be someone who takes arbitrary umbrage with individuals and fails to back them up with reasoned argument. Personally I couldn't imagine a worse Speaker.
 
 
Lua said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Quite frankly, what has been going on on Conservative home the last few days has been a bit of a joke. Instead of being a site where people use reason and intellect to make their points and lead discussion - the editor has allowed (and joined in) making the site nothing more than a public slagging match. Ben's article had little substance to why Bercow should be speaker - himselt saying 'I do not particularly want John to win the Speakership' - only really stating that Ben thinks Bercow is a good guy. That in itself is the sort of hollow content that conhome should not be putting up - the only reason that post was created was to lash out at about Nadine! If conhome wants to be looked at as a ground for true discourse - the editor should rethink the kinds of posts he allows and thereby advocates.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Having another semi-illiterate working class speaker like Nadine would be exciting indeed. Could you imagine Nadine talking to the Queen? I can't.
 
 
p said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Anonymous you obviously do not know Nadine who can happily mix with Kings and Paupers.
 
 
Andrew F said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Funny how you vote for someone vociferously pro-life and repeatedly attack the vociferously pro-choice candidate.
 
 
C Jones said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
I hope the vile Margaret Beckett doesn't get the job. Her callousness towards the farmers, who suffered through her incompetence, show she is not to be trusted. She should be pensioned off before she does any more damage.
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
NADINE DORIES BLOG 22.06.09 Quote by Anon. 'Having another semi-illiterate working class speaker like Nadine would be exciting indeed. Could you imagine Nadine talking to the Queen? I can't'. What's up? Don't you have the guts to put your name to your obnoxious arrogant comment? You obviously think highly of yourself. You must be a friend of John Bercow’s to have such a smug and superior attitude, either that or some middle class toff. Remember that this nation's wealth came from the industrial areas of Liverpool and Manchester. Did you ever study British History 1700 - 1900 or hear of the Industrial Revolution and the great northern pioneers and industrialist who brought such wealth to this nation. Your comment is so shallow, so arrogant; you should be ashamed of yourself. I am also a Lancashire lad from a council estate, my father was a Senior Draughtsman and a leading trade unionist who worked for 40 years for AEI and GEC in Manchester. He was also a Salford lad who went to Salford Technical University. As well as a being a very good draughtsman he was also a qualified Mechanical & Electrical Engineer. He played the piano and spoke fluent German and made Radios and fixed peoples TVs and never asked for money as they were too poor. I went to a working Class Grammar School near Bolton but unfortunately had to leave school at 16 to help with the family income. I was a local government officer and gained my accountancy qualifications at Manchester Polytechnic and I am a true conservative with conservative and Christian values, unlike your friend and my MP John Bercow the trendy disloyal liberal. So when you insult Nadine you also insult me and millions of other hard working people who weren't born with a silver spoon in our mouths or are so full of our own importance that we have to speak in a pedantic manner to try and impress people. I have a simple philosophy and that is; I look up to no one but also I look down to no one. If you had some real wisdom you might try and adopt the same decent philosophy and get off your smug, snobbish pedestal. I hope you are not a Tory as people like you shame the party. You are probably a champagne socialist and read the Guardian with your trendy liberal friends. You need to get your feet back on the ground my friend.
 
 
Henry Rogers said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Nadine, I've just heard Bercow speak, for the first time, on TV and however hard I tried to be fair I couldn't help feeling that he is not the sort of fellow I could ever trust, let alone like. I thought the ConHome article was ridiculous, like much else on that site. Your post above makes a lot more sense.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
"Anonymous said: Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009 Having another semi-illiterate working class speaker like Nadine would be exciting indeed. Could you imagine Nadine talking to the Queen? I can't." Funny, but, at least amongst the literate, the term is "semi-literate". As for Nadine speaking to the Queen, I imagine that she would be far more eloquent and interesting than, say, Gordon Brown.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
I don't understand where this idea that John Bercow has 'no Conservative support' comes from. It is patently untrue, though it is also sadly, unverifiable. I can only go off my own discussions with Tory MPs which suggests there are a significant minority who would vote for Bercow. The election might have been more interesting if the front bench were allowed to make endorsements.
 
 
Twotrees said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Oh Dear! It looks as though the vote may not be going your way Nadine. You didn't want to be chosen to speak in the House at any time in the near future did you?
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
If John Bercow wins things will just go from bad to worst. It will be a disaster for Parliament and the future of politics in the UK. This is spiteful Labour MPs having their final bad joke as they sink with their ship. I hope after the next election there is a new vote for Speaker as John Bercow's liberal leftie views are not shared by more than 90% of Conservative MPs. How will he ever be fair or impartial when moral issues are discussed like the protection of unborn children? If John Bercow gets his way there will be abortion on demand right up to term. The militant left wing feminist will be celebrating tonight if he is the winner. For real traditional conservatives it will be a very sad day and they will be shaking their head in dispair. Just watch the smirking faces on the labour benches if he is declared the winner. But let's hope David Cameron and the Conservative Government have the last laugh when they vote for a new speaker after the next General Election..
 
 
said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Hooray! Bercow has won. Time to mend some bridges, Nadster. As for any future Conservative Government removing him in short order, that would be well out of line. If we've learnt anything over the past few months it's that the general public is suspicious of devious politicians. Such an ousting further fan the flames of rage: yet another case of the Government abusing its position of power to its own ends. Parliament should be for the people, not the politicians. Time to start anew.
 
 
Henry Rogers said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
said, If the next HoC decides to dump Bercow that would be up to a majority of its members after the election. If he proves adequate to the task he will most likely survive. If he proves inadequate or worse, he probably won't! Would the electorate prefer it any other way? Would you prefer it any other way? Or is the main point of your posting to wind up Nadine?
 
 
Simon said:
Responded: Monday, 22 June 2009
Dear Nadine We did our best to stop John Bercow becoming the New Speaker of The House of Commons, but for whatever reason it was not to be, as he defeated Sir George Young by just over 50 votes in the final round. As I watched on TV Nadine your face said it all as the final result was announced as I watched your reaction over his left shoulder. I felt exactly the same as you did as I shook my head in despair. It also was notable how few Conservatives were clapping and the many solemn faces on the Tory benches. It seems his 'greasing up' to New Labour and the Lib Dems has paid off, he has got what he been hoping and scheming for, for along time. When I think of his disloyalty to the Conservative party and three party leaders over the last few years and his sickening, 'liberal pedantic speeches' especially during the Embryology/ Abortion debate; the result is a bitter pill to swallow indeed. It will be interesting to view his promised impartiality, especially when moral issues are being discussed. It will be the subtle manipulation of debates I will be looking for and his old habit of shutting down debates if he doesn't agree with what is being said. I fear the worst. However, as a Christian I have no hate for the man as a person, just his duplicity he has shown as an MP. In fact if he'd crossed the floor two years ago, I would of respected his liberal/ new labour views. However, I could not respect him having those views, whilst he stayed in his safe Conservative seat and continued to masquerade as a Conservative to the local people in his constituency. I will pray that like Saint Paul he will have a 'Damascus road experience' and that he changes some of his core beliefs, yet again, especially on the need to protect the most vulnerable human life amongst us; the unborn child.
 
 
Ben Rogers said:
Responded: Tuesday, 23 June 2009
As I made completely clear in my post, I was not making the case for John to be Speaker. Why don't people read properly? I was making the case for John Bercow the man, in the face of wildly disproportionate, deeply and unnecessarily unpleasant inane vitriol being poured out. I actually said I didn't particularly want him to be Speaker, because it takes him away from the fantastic work he has done on international human rights, especially Burma. But I fail to see how on earth you thought it appropriate to write such hatred about any parliamentary colleague, let alone someone from your own side. Moreover, if you call yourself a Christian, I cannot fathom what kind of faith you have which leads you to pour out such hatred of a colleague, without leaving any room for the possibility that he might have a good side, might just have done some good. If we actually meet some time, I could tell you personally just how much of an impact the Christian faith of some people has had on John, and how warmly he speaks of it. Sadly, yours is not a witness that is likely to draw him any closer to faith. In your Mail on Sunday article, you write: "There is almost nothing he does I approve of". I am sorry to hear that you do not "approve of" speaking up for the persecuted and oppressed people of Burma, and many other countries, including persecuted Christians.
 
 
Lua said:
Responded: Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Well Ben, you might have made the argument for Bercow the man - but having seen the emails you've flung around about Nadine behind closed doors - I cant say I have a very high opinion of you as man! And you call yourself a Christian! What a joke. Perhaps take a look at the bible and reassess the virtues that good Christians should strive for - then take a look through your sent messages and compare the two. I am absolutely disgusted with your attitute and your behavior. So before calling the Christian card, take a look a look in the mirror and look at your own behavior. Your attitude has been disgusting.
 
 
 
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