Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries has launched a bitter attack on the Prime Minister amid reports the Government is set to drop a plan to privatise Channel 4.
The Tory MP, one of Boris Johnson’s most loyal allies, accused Rishi Sunak of U-turning or abandoning key parts of the former prime minister’s agenda as she warned that it would now be “almost impossible to face the electorate” at the next general election.
Dorries, who led the move to privatise Channel 4 as culture secretary in Johnson’s Government, hit out at the apparent reversal of the plan after her successor Michelle Donelan wrote to Sunak to tell him that “pursuing a sale at this point is not the right decision and there are better ways to secure C4C’s (Channel 4 Corporation) sustainability”.
Sunak is blamed by allies of Johnson for playing a key role in the former prime minister’s downfall last summer, after resigning as chancellor.
Dorries has not been shy since about making her feelings known about her new party leader.
She wrote on Twitter: “Three years of a progressive Tory government being washed down the drain. Levelling up, dumped. Social care reform, dumped. Keeping young and vulnerable people safe online, watered down.
“A bonfire of EU leg, not happening. Sale of C4 giving back £2b reversed. Replaced with what?”
She used a second tweet to hit out at the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, which would see all pupils in England study some form of maths until the age of 18.
“A policy at some time in the future to teach maths for longer with teachers we don’t yet even have to do so,” she wrote.
“Where is the mandate – who voted for this?”
And she offered a sharp warning to Sunak, saying it “will now be almost impossible to face the electorate at a GE (general election) and expect voters to believe or trust our manifesto commitment”.