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Nadine Dorries 'among list of names' on Boris Johnson's honours list

File photo dated 14/07/22 of Nadine Dorries at the launch of Liz Truss's campaign to be Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, at King's Buildings, Smith Square, London. Ms Dorries will stand in for Piers Morgan on his TalkTV show, Uncensored, next week while the presenter is on holiday. The Tory MP and former culture secretary will guest host on Monday and Tuesday and will be joined by Emily Sheffield, former editor of the Evening Standard. Issue date: Friday October 21, 2022.
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries is reportedly in line for a peerage in the House of Lords. (PA)

Nadine Dorries has been nominated for a peerage by Boris Johnson, it has been reported.

She is said to be on a list of names in line for House of Lords selection as part of former prime minister Johnson's resignation honours list.

Dorries served as culture secretary in Johnson's cabinet and has been one of his most ardent long-term supporters.

The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that she is among a host of names in line for the House of Lords.

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A controversial figure, Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005, was criticised at the end of July after she retweeted a mock-up image showing current prime minister Rishi Sunak stabbing Johnson in the back.

In 2018, after Johnson had written his infamous Daily Telegraph column saying that Muslim women in burkas "look like letter boxes", Dorries defended him, saying he "did not go far enough".

Last month, she called Johnson “one of the world's best leaders”.

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Dorries sparked controversy a decade ago when she appeared on 2012's edition of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

She was suspended from the Tory party whip because of her brief appearance on the show, but had it reinstated the following year.

In October last year, Dorries spoke of her regret at voting against the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2013.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson with Nadine Dorries (centre) and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss (right) during a Tory leadership hustings at the Woodlands Event Centre in Wyboston, Bedfordshire.
Nadine Dorries has been one of Boris Johnson's most ardent supporters. (PA)

She told LBC Radio: "I felt as though I had voted against love, really, and that was not a comfortable feeling. If I could just turn the clock back, I absolutely would, and I would change that vote."

Dorries has also been criticised for her role in the so-called "culture wars", in which she has regularly taken aim at those with the opposing political viewpoint.

In 2017, she tweeted: “Left wing snowflakes are killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto, removing Christ from Christmas and suppressing free speech."

The Times said Dorries, Scotland secretary Alister Jack, former junior cabinet office minister Nigel Adams and former energy secretary Alok Sharma are the four Tory MPs in line for peerages under Johnson's resignation honours list.

About 20 people have been nominated, the newspaper said, including former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre, whose nomination to the Lords was dropped from a previous list.

Johnson has also nominated two of his past advisers, Ross Kempsell, 30, and Charlotte Owen, believed to be in her late 20s, who would become the youngest life peers in history.

The former prime minister has asked the nominated MPs to delay taking them up so they do not trigger by-elections in their constituencies, The Times said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries during a visit to a stadium in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday May 12, 2022.
Former prime minister Boris Johnson has reportedly nominated Nadine Dorries for a peerage. (PA)

Last month, the same newspaper reported that four of Johnson's peerage nominations had been rejected by the House of Lords.

The Appointments Commission blocked the applications, with its chair, Lord Bew, criticising party leaders for proposing "unsuitable" candidates, even though they pass the propriety test, The Times said.

Johnson has previously been criticised for making Russian-born businessman Evgeny Lebedev, the son of a former KGB agent, a crossbench peer in 2020.

Work and pensions secretary Mel Stride said on Tuesday he believes the House of Lords is due for reform.

He told Times Radio: “The House of Commons probably as a body generally would not be happy with the size of the House of Lords, the fact that... what is effectively an undemocratic body perhaps has a role in certain areas that it does."

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