Nadine Vanessa Dorries (née Bargery; born 21 May 1957) is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005, when she was first elected as a Conservative MP. On 6 November 2012, she was suspended from the parliamentary Conservative Party owing to her decision to take part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! without informing the Chief Whip. She has been involved in unsuccessful parliamentary attempts to reduce the time limit for abortions under the 1967 Abortion Act, from the current level of 24 weeks' gestation.
Born in Liverpool, England, Dorries initially worked as a nurse eventually becoming a medical representative to Ethicla Ltd. During her earlier career she spent a year in Zambia as the head of a community school. Having returned home a year later, she founded Company Kids Ltd, which provided child day-care services for working parents. The company was sold in 1998.
She stood as the Conservative Party candidate for the constituency of Hazel Grove in Greater Manchester in the 2001 general election, but did not unseat the Liberal Democrat MP Andrew Stunell.
Dorries was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for the safe seat of Mid Bedfordshire, with a majority of 11,355. Since taking her seat, Dorries has introduced several unsuccessful Private Member's Bills in the House of Commons including attempts to reduce the time limit for abortion in Great Britain, to change the rules regarding the counselling of the women involved and the advocacy of sexual abstinence for girls in sex education. She is also an opponent of the current Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, and has attempted to have him removed from the post, and has criticised and clashed with her party leader, the Prime Minister David Cameron.
Dorries has been described as a right-wing Conservative whose high profile in the media has led to her being called "Mad Nad". In 2008 Dorries won the The Spectator magazine's Reader's Representative Award.
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