Flitwick Town Council assaults the MP for specializing in her TV present and “political manoeuvres”, moderately than representing her constituents, and calls on her to “immediately” vacate her seat to permit a by-election.
By Jennifer Scott, Politics Reporter @NifS
A neighborhood council in Nadine Dorries’s constituency is demanding she resigns as an MP “immediately”, saying “residents desperately need effective representation now”.
The former tradition secretary introduced on 9 June that she was standing down as an MP “with immediate effect”, simply forward of her shut ally Boris Johnson’s personal exit from parliament.
But she nonetheless hasn’t formally resigned and stays the consultant for Mid-Bedfordshire.
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In a terse letter to Ms Dorries, Flitwick Town Council stated the problem had been raised at a latest assembly, and councillors needed her to “immediately vacate” her seat to permit a by-election.
“Rather than representing constituents, the council is concerned that your focus appears to have been firmly on your television show, upcoming book and political manoeuvres to embarrass the government for not appointing you to the House of Lords,” wrote the council’s city clerk, Stephanie Stanley.
“With an estimated inhabitants of 13,800 folks, Flitwick represents the biggest focus of voters within the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency.
“Our residents desperately need effective representation now, and Flitwick Town Council calls on you to immediately vacate your seat to allow a by-election.”
The city mayor, Councillor Andy Snape, stated demands had been rising throughout the neighborhood for Ms Dorries to “do the right thing rather than continue to hold the people of Mid-Bedfordshire to ransom while she plays political games for personal gain”.
He claimed the MP had not held a surgical procedure within the city since March 2020 and had not maintained a constituency workplace “for a considerable time”.
Councillor Snape additionally stated her “absence and lack of interest/contribution” had held again native initiatives, as he hit out at her residing within the Cotswolds moderately than in her constituency.
In a press release on social media, he added: “It’s the job of our MP to characterize the views of Mid-Bedfordshire constituents in parliament and maintain the federal government accountable, pushing for constructive modifications to coverage and laws.
“In my private opinion, Dorries hasn’t carried out this.
“Her focus seems to be firmly on her TalkTV present, her new Daily Mail column, and, extra not too long ago, her upcoming tell-all e book and exerting as a lot stress as doable to embarrass the federal government into giving her a peerage.
“Regardless of your political viewpoint, Mid-Bedfordshire residents desperately need illustration at Westminster. It’s time for Dorries to place Mid-Bedfordshire first and let another person have a go.”
Ms Dorries introduced her resignation final month, simply hours earlier than Mr Johnson stop in protest in opposition to the Privileges Committee findings – ruling he intentionally misled parliament over lockdown breaking events in Downing Street.
At the time, she stated a “new life is opening up” in entrance of her, so it was the proper time to step down.
However, rumours swelled that she had been in line for a peerage and was lower from Mr Johnson’s resignation honours checklist on the final minute to make sure it acquired the log off from the present incumbent in Number 10.
In the next days, Ms Dorries stated she wouldn’t formally resign till after she acquired solutions from Downing Street about why she didn’t get her peerage.
“It is absolutely my intention to resign,” she tweeted. “But given what I know to be true and the number of varying and conflicting statements issued by Number 10 since the weekend, this process is now sadly necessary.”
The delay to her exit has drawn criticism from all around the House, with the Tory chair of the general public administration and constitutional affairs committee referring to her as the “lingering member for Mid-Bedfordshire”.
Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney stated the letter confirmed folks had been “fed up with being taken for granted”, including: “While households throughout Bedfordshire are struggling to see a GP and going through hovering mortgage prices, Nadine Dorries continues to carry onto a job she has no curiosity is doing.
“Dorries must step apart now to offer folks the possibility to elect a correct native champion, one that can rise up for them and champion their voices in parliament.”
We have contacted Ms Dorries for a response to the city council’s letter.
The Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association had no touch upon the row, telling Sky News: “This letter was addressed to Nadine, and subsequently a matter for her.”