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Nadine Dorries
Sir Patrick and Adam Boulton
Posted Wednesday, 14 February 2007 at 11:06

One of the joys of being an MP is to occasionally, only occasionally, hear a great orator speak in the chamber when you are sat next to him, or her, or pretty close anyway.

 

The House has precious few great orators. I absolutely hate to say it, but George Galloway is one. His voice resonates and resounds and he captures the attention of everyone. When he speaks MPs flood into the chamber, having caught sight of him on their office monitors.

 

Ian Paisley is another, as is Sir Patrick Cormack. A great man, a funny man, a clever and knowledgeable man, who understands Parliamentary procedure backwards. 

 

He is strongly tipped to be the next speaker of the house; he commands the respect of everyone. He would become father of the house after the next election, having served 37 years as an MP. If I am not mistaken, when the King of Jordan visited the House recently he asked after Sir Patrick.

 

As a new MP I bow to his knowledge, I respect him without question, I am grateful for his presence. He is a personality and a presence, and a force to be reckoned with. The Prime Minister acted like naughty schoolboy when questioned by Sir Patrick in committee, he has that effect.

 

His local Conservative association have de-selected him, which means he will be unable to stand again as a Conservative MP, despite having achieved a 9.4% swing during the last election, one of the largest in the country. It has gone to a vote of the members, and I believe we have to await their decision. South Staffordshire Conservatives should be ashamed of themselves.

 

I am disgusted. Sir Patrick has said that he will stand next time as an independent, and if he does, I would help him and canvass for him without hesitation and regardless of what ‘you will never be given a job’ threats will be thrown at me by the whips.

 

I am apparently No 9 on Adam Boultons list of most fanciable MPs. The only way I can live with this and hold my head up is that I came above Ed Vaizey who was No 10. Theresa May was No 4, Julie Kirkbride was No 1,  Julie is gorgeous so well deserved!

 

Caroline Flint was No 2, zero personality though, miaoow….

 
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Here here. well siad
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Isn't Sir Peter Tapsell next in line for Father of the House?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Is Sir Patrick popular in his constituency, but just unpopular amongst the cognoscenti of his local party? If so, should this not serve as an encouragement for South Staffs Conservative voters to join their local party association, and so prevent the candidate selection from being shanghied by a small group? If people join up, you've solved the supposed party funding "crisis" too...
 
 
Peter Jones said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
I'm a newcomer to the blog, but I think its great - well done. A politician who talks the way normal people do has a huge electoral asset - its astonishing how few seem to realise it. I'll be back !!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Well said, Nadine! Great to see another Tory with principle to stand alongside Iain Dale and Boris.
 
 
Auntie Flo' said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Well said, Nadine! Great to see another Tory with principle to stand alongside Iain Dale and Boris.
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Mmmm, auntie Flo'. You wouldn't be referring to a certain beige mini would you?
 
 
Auntie Flo' said:
Responded: Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Beige mini...? Who's beige mini? Yours or mine? Blimey, I haven't worn mine since the 1980s so it must be yours. Seriously though, gal, you've got guts. And us lot out here in the ether so badly need politicians of principle and courage. You have now joined that small, select group.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Surely an Association has the right to deslect a candidate if they wish. That's democracy and they have every right to make that decision even if you disagree with it. I don't know Sir Patrick but to be deslected by ones Association must be considered careless.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Hmm..Dorries and Boris..It could almost be a little double act ! Only teasing..
 
 
BarryBeef said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 February 2007
Hey Nadine: you're right about Patrick, who seems a good chap. And you should be loads higher than #9 (ok only 8 places higher)
 
 
Praguetory said:
Responded: Friday, 16 February 2007
Belated Happy Valentines, Nadine. You should have been higher on that list. PT
 
 
 
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