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Nadine Dorries
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Posted Thursday, 24 May 2007 at 12:28

ConservativeHome.com awards were last night. I should have been there at 6.30 to read out the awards at 7. There was a three line whip at 7 with two votes.

 

How I got in through the doors of The Old Star pub, wearing heels, at 7.15, I will never know!

 

Tim Montgomerie, obviously of ConHome fame, has never looked so pleased to see me! He demonstrated this by throwing me onto a chair whilst thrusting a list into my hand. Not before I had managed to grab a glass of Red on the way up though!

 

The chair, fortunately, was placed not too far from the TV screen.  Where, whilst reading out the list of winners, I could keep one eye on the screen and watch my sporting heroes as they ran out onto the pitch.

 

This however distracted me and I completely forgot to tell everyone the importance of ConservativeHome. It has become the online Conservative newspaper, read by about half a million readers a month. It started out as the grass roots’ means of communication but has zoomed past that post now.

 

It is the forum we all rush to when something happens within the Conservative party. Sometimes, it gives us MPs more information than we can find out from CCHQ. I don’t know what we would do without ConservativeHome or how MPs managed before.

 

Iain Dale, king of the online diary, won best Conservative blog, as you would expect. He collected his award with great aplomb, Iain always reminds me of Liberace. When I think of Iain I see him sat behind a piano playing Rhapsody in Blue, maybe it’s the ties, anyway….

 

The other winners were….. This will have to await the return of my researcher who knows how to do the links, as I don’t. He won’t show me.

 

He, known as Mr Brakes, won’t let me blog until he has read it first. Sometimes I have to resort to desperate measures like locking him out of the office. That can sometimes make it very difficult for me as I find it impossible to concentrate whilst he is banging on the door, and, screaming at me from the other side.

 

I won best Parliamentary blog. I was up against John Redwood, one of my intellectual heroes, and, Dan Hannan of the Telegraph, and as I have only been blogging for six months, this quite amazed me.

 

One thing occurred to me last night – we need more women in the world of blogging. The room was dominated by men. The room was hot, very hot. More women would definitely make a difference to the whiff factor!

 

The Nachos were good, the wine was free, and, everyone had a very good time. Except me. We lost.

 
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Was there any doubt you would win Nadine? Fantastic blog. Congratulations.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Congartulations on your award, Nadine. It's very well deserved. Was there a Gwyneth Paltrow moment? Is it on video? :-)
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Congratulations. Nice to meet you last night.
 
 
Jane said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
You didn't invite me?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Daniel Hannan was robbed..
 
 
Rachel Joyce said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
There are a few women bloggers now (such as myself and Vicky Ford). Most of us need babysitters when we go out though, so probably have to weigh up what we go to more than the men.
 
 
Vote Freedom said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Having read a few of the tory blogs yours has been the first to actually make me LOL as the text speak would put it. You almost come across as human and for any politician that is quite a feat. Pity they didn't have a few moments to edit you into the montage Con Home did. To be truly in my favour any chance you could set up a rebellion against Camoron and I might just consider voting Tory.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Well done Nadine. You only have to read yesterdays posting to know why you got it. I can't see why you are amazed>
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
Pity about your beloved Reds,Nadine- no doubt by this time tomorrow there will be books of condolence in every town hall in the land !
 
 
Cranmer said:
Responded: Thursday, 24 May 2007
His Grace sends you his most sincere congratulations on your well-deserved triumph. He much enjoys reading your insights, and prays that you will find the strength to resist the demonic 'brakes' which hinder all that is true, noble, and honourable. His Grace's own award came as something of a surprise, but, as you know, your lot did him in. It is a strange vindication...
 
 
david kendrick said:
Responded: Friday, 25 May 2007
Please allow respondents to have paragraphs. No excuse now about been technologically a woman----you're no ordinary joe any more. You're now the top man, with awards to prove it.
 
 
 
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