Dorries was an adviser to Oliver Letwin MP for three years before entering the Commons in 2005, becoming Mid-Bedfordshire’s first female MP. She has since made a name for herself as a prolific blogger and staunch opponent of attempts to cut the abortion time limit.
What’s her background?
Brought up in a Liverpool council house, her first job was as a nurse at Warrington General Hospital. She later left the UK to work at a school in Zambia while her then husband ran a copper mine. In 1987 she set up her own business, which she eventually sold to BUPA.
Where does she sit politically?
Dorries has devout Anglican beliefs and has campaigned to cut the upper time limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. She is also strongly opposed to closing special needs schools.
Is she one to watch?
Dorries is seen as independent-minded, fearless and a breath of fresh air by many on the right, but her numerous outspoken comments have earned her the nickname ‘Mad Nad’ in Labour circles. Her profile is growing, but she remains unlikely ministerial material.
Something I may not have known
Dorries’ great-grandfather was a founder of Everton FC
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