‘Take Nadine back’

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries’ local party has written to chief whip Sir George Young requesting the controversial MP’s whip be restored.

Monday, 10th December 2012, 6:35 pm

Chairman of the Mid Beds Conservative Association Paul Duckett emailed the chief whip this afternoon requesting for Ms Dorries, who left her constituency last month to take part in ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, to be allowed to return as a Conservative MP.

Her whip had been suspended while she was in Australia and she was been working as an Independent MP since returning from the jungle at the end of November.

Mr Duckett told the Times & Citizen: “We had a meeting last week and we all unanimously decided that we should request that her whip is restored.

“She is our MP for the next two years and she has done a lot of good work, more so than bad, and she is a Conservative through and through.

“We felt it would be better to have her voice heard in Parliament.”

It is now down to the chief whip to make the final decision over Ms Dorries future.

Her decision to go into the jungle was hugely criticised by both members of her own party, constituents and people up and down the country.

Since returning she has opened Westoning Lower School bazaar, held her first constituency surgery and joined dozens of angry residents in presenting a petition to Central Beds Council objecting to the opening of lapdancing club Shaylers.

Mr Duckett added: “We also wanted to take into account the views of her supporters. I have spoken to them, as well as fellow councillors, and I have taken everyone’s views on board.

“But the fact remains that she is our MP for the next two years and she will do more good as a Conservative MP.

“She is still a member of the Conservative party, she just has no voice in Parliament as a Conservative MP, which is no use to us.

“There still people that are very cross with her, but the time to make those views known will be in two years times. It will up to the public to decide if she has done enough to redeem herself in their eyes.”

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