An Open Letter to Sir George Young MP

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Dear Sir George

One of the easiest ways for a backbench Member of Parliament to get noticed and to acquire a platform is to jump onto passing populist bandwagons. Over the years we have seen it many times but Nadine Dorries MP has just joined a very select club; those whose chasing of popularity and notoriety has become something more than a means to an end.

Nobody can possibly think that the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha was anything other than an absolute tragedy. Nobody apart, it seems, from Nadine Dorries. Not content with expressing normal human emotions and offering her sincere condolences to Ms Saldanha’s family and friends the MP for Mid Bedfordshire has done her best to try to blame members of the media in the United Kingdom for the tragedy. Writing on Twitter the former “I’m a Celebrity” contestant suggested that “paps” had driven the nurse to take her own life. This would seem like an attempt to attach the death to one of her own hobby-horses and put some pressure onto her Parliamentary colleagues to force greater restrictions on the press during the Leveson process.

Whether or not the Conservative Whip is returned to Mrs Dorries on a permanent basis, her actions on Twitter go way beyond Parliamentary Privilege and cross the line into ignorant defamation dressed up as human reaction.

The Board of The British Press Photographers’ Association would ask you to take Nadine Dorries MP’s activities on Twitter into account when you review her status as a Conservative MP and to remind her that her tweets could have consequences every bit as damaging as those of the two Australian disc jockeys whose unthinking actions led to Ms Saldanha’s death.

Yours Sincerely

The Board of The British Press Photographers’ Association

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  1. Foxy1703

    She will be promoting herself over the next few weeks along with other contestants from the tv programme she appeared in. Please ignore her and don’t give her the oxygen of publicity

  2. fredrique Peloy

    Good, about time someone saw through the Ms Dorries’ think veneer of righteousness. When I read the tweet she posted I too though how she was jumping on the Leveson opportunity. She is trying to deflect from the daily Mails new discovery of her husband’s unfortunate business dealings, and their possible discovery that she was lying about being married and divorced- but as she said about her blog ..she speaks 70% fiction
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244886/MP-Nadine-mystery-marriage-investors-VERY-awkward-questions-husband.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

  3. Dave Kendall

    Press out of control ?… Our MP’s are out of control. What a pity most voters don’t keep an eye on their choice on the ballot paper once they have made their X and voted them in. They might very well have their eyes opened.

  4. Robert Zimmerman

    A well written letter, especially the first paragraph. Let’s hope that it will achieve something. It irks me that this woman has not already been stopped in her tracks. I would like to know how her constituents view her.

  5. Bedd Gelert

    “The Board of The British Press Photographers’ Association would ask you to take Nadine Dorries MP’s activities on Twitter into account when you review her status as a Conservative MP and to remind her that her tweets could have consequences every bit as damaging as those of the two Australian disc jockeys whose unthinking actions led to Ms Saldanha’s death.”

    Good to see you are fighting fatuous, inaccurate hyperbole with, er, fatuous, inaccurate hyperbole.. Way to take that moral high ground there…

    And whilst you may disagree with what she says, trying to undermine and subvert the democratic process by ‘blackballing’ her as an MP just makes you look slimy and underhand..

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