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Nadine urges Liz Truss to bring back Steve Barclay

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Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries has urged Prime Minister Liz Truss to bring NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay back into the government.

Ms Dorries offered her suggestions as part of a scathing review of the Prime Minister’s performance so far.

She has warned that the Conservatives face the threat of a “complete wipe-out” if an election is held tomorrow.


Her advice for the Prime Minister is in an article she penned for the Daily Mail.

“Remove Mark Fullbrook, your Chief of Staff, from No 10 as soon as possible,” she wrote.

“Did you learn nothing from the Dominic Cummings fiasco?

“Put Steve Barclay back into Downing Street instead.”

She added: “A good, experienced MP, Steve knows how everything works – and that includes formulating good policy and handling the Civil Service.”

Ms Dorries also urged the Prime Minister to “move back to the centre ground.

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“Most voters are instinctively neither Left nor Right. Two Prime Ministers in recent history understood this: Tony Blair and Boris Johnson. Jeremy Corbyn did not get it and you do not seem too either.

“When interest rates and the cost of living are rising you simply cannot start reducing the benefits that sustain Britain’s poorest families.”

But of Michael Gove, she could see little redemption and says he “must stay out in the cold.

“He, too, toured the conference – but in search of the nearest camera on behalf of Rishi. “Michael’s days are over.

“He can be ‘unhelpful,’ as a good chief whip might say.”

And she urged Liz Truss to appoint former soldiers, who are now MPs, to the whips office.

“Party discipline has completely broken down. It is time to bring in the Army.”


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