Claws out in an online Tory catfight
One is a publicity-seeking Conservative MP who likes nothing better than to be at the centre of attention. But so is the other. When the Tories' most outspoken female MPs turned on each other yesterday, the explosion prompted colleagues to retreat to a safe distance.
Nadine Dorries — whose previous targets have included her “posh-boy” leader David Cameron — lit the blue touchpaper when she turned her ire on former colleague Louise Mensch, accusing her of letting down her female counterparts in Parliament and sycophantic careerism towards the party leadership and the Murdochs.
In a blog on the Conservative Home website, ostensibly in defence of Prince Harry's right to parade naked in a Las Vegas hotel room, Ms Dorries identified her real target. “She (Louise Mensch) is a former MP who has resigned midterm, supposedly for the sake of her family,” she wrote. “A pill very hard for some to swallow when she appears on her social media site and Twitter by the minute and has no problem leaving her family, popping up on the media on a regular basis.”
She was vitriolic about Mrs Mensch's announcement, during a select committee hearing with the Murdochs earlier this year, that she had to leave to collect her children, describing it as “one of the most unprofessional and undignified comments ever heard” at such a hearing.
Mrs Mensch had the option of maintaining a dignified silence. It was not to be.
“Waking up to find self on the Nadine Dorries naughty step,” the former novelist wrote on Twitter. “Which is a pity as I spend my entire time worrying about what she thinks (ahem).”