Nadine Dorries targeted the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg to tweet the contents of a text from an anonymous source who insulted the prime minister – before claiming she was misinterpreted the next day.
The cabinet minister responded to one of Kuenssberg’s tweets on Wednesday and said: “Laura, I like you very much and respect you, but we both know that text is ridiculous though nowhere as ridiculous as the person – obviously completely desperate for your attention. – who sent it. ”
Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, kept quiet: “After PMQs, then a liaison committee, the prime minister then went to confront his own MPs at the 1922 committee – one texts to say, ‘he looked weak and sounded weak’, ‘authority is. evaporating. ‘”
Dorries later removed her tweet after it caused excitement, but Labor MP and shadow cultural secretary Jo Stevens mentioned the issue in the Commons on Thursday.
She also indicated that Dorries had already frustrated the BBC after Radio 4 presenter Nick Robinson told the prime minister to “stop talking” a few weeks ago.
According to The Times, the cultural secretary told friends: “Nick Robinson has cost the BBC a lot of money.”
Dorries is an ally of Boris Johnson and was promoted to cultural secretary in his cabinet reorganization in September.
The prime minister has made much more criticism recently over the continued disgraceful row around his party, backlash over his latest turnaround with the northern railway plans and concerns that COP26 – the UN climate summit he held in Glasgow – has not gone. as needed.
He later declines in YouGov’s popularity polls and his repeated U-turns have left Conservatives particularly unhappy – which may explain why Dorries tweeted in defense of Johnson so quickly.
In the Commons, Dorries dismissed the meaning behind her tweet.
She said: “I didn’t blame Laura Kuenssberg, someone who may be the best in the business … some members of the opposition seem hard to understand a composition of 240 characters.
“The tweet was completely misinterpreted, I didn’t blame Laura Kuenssberg and never would.”
The BBC declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK.
As the cultural secretary, Dorries warned the BBC earlier in the year about the cost of the license fee and cuts to the broadcaster.
She asserted on Thursday that she was “close to an agreement” with the BBC on the sensitive issue.