The outspoken Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, 64, joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet in September. Her appointment as Culture Secretary made waves at the time, given some of her controversial remarks in the past. Not only has the Liverpool-born politician previously hit out at what she calls “leftwing snowflakes”, she has also accused the BBC of being “biased”, and even taken aim at her former boss, David Cameron.
The Secretary of State was famously suspended by her party after appearing on ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here’ in 2012, before later being readmitted.
The politician has now given her first major interview since being handed the top job at what is sometimes dubbed the ‘Ministry of Fun’.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, the former nurse has revealed that she was the target of snobbery because of her “working-class” roots.
She said: “They don’t like me because I am a woman, because I am from a working-class background.
“They like you to be cowed, make you retreat and some [female] MPs will do that because it is easier. I won’t.”
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Ms Dorries has previously spoken about how, growing up on a council estate in Runcorn, her family would sometimes hide from the rent man because they couldn’t afford to pay him.
She also said that some days they would be forced to go without food.
In her new interview the politician was asked if the snobbery she was referring to was from people like former Prime Minister David Cameron and his Chancellor, George Osborne.
Back in 2012, Ms Dorries famously referred to the pair as “two arrogant posh boys” who “don’t know the price of milk”.
Speaking to the Mail, she said: “I wish I’d never said ‘posh boys’ but they are.
“He was welcoming. And he has a vision.”
As well as talking politics, Ms Dorries also opened up about her personal life, giving a heartrending account of her relationship with her late husband, Paul.
She admitted she regretted splitting up with her husband in 2012 after their 23 years of marriage.
Paul died of cancer two years ago, but Ms Dorries revealed that the couple had rekindled their relationship and were going to remarry.
She said: “We were actually reunited. But then Paul was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.
“That was in February 2019 and he died in the June. We were going to get married again. Paul wanted it, but he was dying.
“A vicar came to the house, for a blessing. It wasn’t an official register office thing.”