…to politicians who oppose abortion. Nadine Dorries has been rocking the boat with an abortion amendment bill, which would give women a longer period of time to reconsider having an abortion. Reasonable enough. But during a recent session of Questions to the Prime Minister you’d have thought she was the unpopular girl on a school ground instead of an MP.
Nadine – one of those politicians who needs no surname – had a big day, though not necessarily a good day.
At PMQs Mrs Dorries rose in the eye of the tempest and told Mr Cameron to stand up to Nick Clegg.
Mrs Dorries: ‘The Lib Dems make up 8.7 per cent of this Parliament and yet they seem to be influencing our free-school policy, health and many issues including immigration and abortion.’
At this moment she was engulfed by heckling. Mr Speaker imposed order. Mrs Dorries, continuing: ‘Does the Prime Minister think it is about time he told the Deputy Prime Minister who is the boss?’
This won tremendous noise. The PM, who had Mr Clegg beside him, was at a loss. He started: ‘I know that the Hon. Lady is extremely frustrated …’ Laughter. Loud, lusty, leery, male laughter. ‘Frustrated’! What a word!
Mr Cameron meant that Mrs Dorries was politically frustrated that he had not supported her amendment, but he did not complete the sentence.
‘Frustrated’! Ha ha ha! Mr Cameron: ‘Perhaps I should start again.’ More mirth. Mr Cameron: ‘I’m going to give up on this one!’ And with that he sat down and gave Mr Clegg a blokeish push on the shoulder. How the House loved it.
Andrea shakes her head: Honestly. It’s like Cameron and Clegg are 14 years old. But that might be doing a disservice to 14 year olds.by