The Blog of
Nadine Dorries
I Wish I'd Been Able to Spot the Signs of Suicide
Posted Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at 09:47

I’ve experienced first-hand the pain and stigma of suicide. The confusion, bewilderment and the enduring agony of why and if only. I know the sadness, the blame, the anger and the grief.

When my cousin took his own life, it was a bolt from the blue.

One evening at home with my husband and daughters, the phone rang at 7pm, interrupting us from our evening routine of bath and bedtime. This unusual disruption was the first clue something wasn’t right, but I completely missed it.

It was my cousin from Australia, who’d been my soulmate since childhood, who told me all his precious secrets. The cousin who, when my brother was tragically killed in a car crash, flew back to support us at the inquest. The cousin who was my husband’s best friend; their friendship made me smile almost as much as watching my children play.

So caught up with the excitement of the moment and the business of life, I failed completely to register that he was phoning me in the early hours of his morning. That was my second warning, and again I missed it.

We chatted away about family and his next visit to the UK. When the time came to say goodbye, he uttered the final clue, a phrase I have replayed a million times in my mind ever since… “You won’t ever forget me, will you?”

That night in the most shocking of circumstances my cousin took his own life. I was devastated.

We know suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, with men three times more likely to die because of suicide than women. We know that men are less likely to seek help than women or to talk about their suicidal feelings.

Last week the Office for National Statistics published suicide figures for 2018, showing an increase in the number of suicides, mainly male suicides. But alarmingly, these numbers not only show that for the first time in five years, the suicide rate in the UK has increased, but that the number of females under 25 taking their own lives is at its highest since 1988.

Whenever a change in suicide rates occurs, the reasons are complex and will seldom be due to one factor alone, but I am not complacent that this is a real concern we desperately need to tackle.

The government’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy recognises the importance of reaching out to vulnerable people at risk and encourages them to seek help from organisations like the Samaritans, who are supported by the government, or from the growing number of community and local-based initiatives and provision.

Suicides are preventable — that’s why we are investing £25 million to support prevention efforts locally over three years and we are going further through the long term plan for the NHS by committing to suicide prevention funding for every area of the country by 2023-24.

In the same way we are now far more aware of how to identify when a person is having a stroke, I want to help people spot the warning signs ahead of a potential suicide, hopefully saving lives in the process.

If we all knew what to look out for, how to intervene and signpost someone in need to vital, life-saving support, we could make a real difference.

To help us achieve our goal, we are giving up to £2 million to the Zero Suicide Alliance, an initiative working across the NHS and local communities to increase suicide awareness and training.

If you notice a change in someone’s behaviour, it may be a sign they are struggling to cope. If a person you know suddenly becomes anxious, irritable, talks negatively about themselves or starts acting recklessly, is tearful or doesn’t want to do things they usually enjoy, these could all be signs they may not be OK.

But suicide is complex and emotions may present themselves differently from individual to individual. The signs are not always visible. However, it’s important that everyone feels confident in starting conversations with somebody they may be worried about.

My mission as minister for suicide prevention is to open everyone’s eyes to the danger of a life lost and the role they can play in helping to drive down the suicide rate. When we reach that point, no life will be wasted.

£3.3m To Protect Young People's Mental Health
Posted Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 19:05

Yesterday the government announced a £3.3m investment into local projects to help children, young people and their families dealing with deteriorating mental health. I wrote the following article to accompany the announcement.

The mother of a young woman who suffers from anxiety and depression recently told me she lives in fear that one day her daughter will take her own life.

The first sign of there being a problem began during A levels and as she prepared to leave home to attend university.

She was, sadly, back at home before the second term was over.

‘We are with her almost every minute of the day but at night, when she closes her bedroom door, she will be straight onto her phone. I wake in the early hours and check my WhatsApp and it always reads, Tess online. It doesn’t matter what time I look it’s always the same, Tess online.’

In this rapidly changing technological world, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder, amongst many others have become the online platforms of social interaction for children and young people who already face enormous challenges.

The pressure to achieve and perform well in schools, colleges and universities, added to the difficulties some face as a result of family breakdown or peer pressure, all amount to some of the contributing factors that daunt many young people who struggle to cope and have no idea where to turn to in their local community for help.

We must all play our part in identifying the signs of deteriorating mental health in children and young people, remove the residual stigma still attached to mental health and do all we can to ensure young people can access the help and support they need in their local area in order to remain well.

The Government’s key aim is for 340,000 more children and young people to have access to the mental health support services they need by 2024 including via mental health support teams in and around schools where early intervention can have hugely successful results.

But, it’s not only NHS services that can make a difference. Support near to home, in local communities, close to friends and families is vital.

That’s why today we have announced a major boost to better support children and young people in their local communities.

A £3.3m investment for 23 initiatives across the country is a welcome step towards helping to prevent and manage mental illness in children and young people and help signpost them to the services they need, when they need them.

By expanding already successful mental health projects with well-established links in local communities more people aged 25 and under will be able to access mental health support on their doorstep.

These fantastic projects cover a wide range of initiatives, from opening up the arts to young people to increase their confidence and reduce isolation, to more training for parents in how to deal with their child’s mental health.

As with Tess and others, change is often the trigger for mental health problems during transition from primary to secondary school or from school to college or university. Many of the projects to receive additional funding will support young people across the U.K. as they move through the education process in order to achieve improved long-term outcomes for those already presenting with early signs of poor mental health.

One of the projects, based in Islington, London, will deliver intensive mentoring to children with emotional and behavioural problems to better prepare them to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

We’re making great strides in putting mental and physical health on an equal footing but there is more to do. This investment complements our work to transform mental health services through the NHS Long Term Plan, backed by an extra £2.3billion a year. I look forward to seeing how these projects will improve early intervention and prevention and allow young people like Tess to quickly access the help and support they need and to take control of their own mental health at the earliest stage possible.

Step Free Access at Flitwick Station
Posted Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 10:39

On Wednesday I’ll be holding a debate in Parliament about installing lifts at Flitwick station to enable step-free access to the platforms.

I will be calling on the Government to act now to help those people who are disabled, older, less mobile or just less able to lug prams or heavy suitcases up and down the station stairs.

The Access for All scheme gave hope to many of us that the end was in sight. Instead we saw the money invested in stations with fewer passengers, lower growth and lower costs for the upgrade programmes. Flitwick, it seems, was just a challenge too far.

If the Access for All scheme is serious about enabling disabled people to access travel services, even when it’s difficult to do so, its terms of reference must be changed. If it only intends to tackle the low-hanging fruit then we need a new scheme specifically to tackle the harder challenges such as Flitwick.

Boris will fund 20,000 more police officers
Posted Thursday, 4 July 2019 at 09:54

Boris tackled crime and made London a safer place to live when he was mayor. He isn’t afraid to take the tough decisions. This is the reason why the vast majority of Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner’s and the former head of the Met Police back Boris.

Back Boris!
Posted Wednesday, 3 July 2019 at 14:22

If you have been trying to keep up to date with the leadership election via the filter of media bias and misinformation which the Conservative Party party so enjoys, you have my unending sympathy.

In the next few days, our party members will receive their ballot papers from CCHQ in order to cast their votes.

It has long been my belief that the future of the Conservative Party has been under threat. At best, it was misguided to believe that we could hold a national referendum and then simply fail to deliver on the result and survive as a political force. At worst, we have had attempts by many to prevent us leaving the EU by whatever means possible.

The last three years of negotiation to leave the EU has left our country humiliated, our party on the verge of extinction, and Jeremy Corbyn and the Brexit Party on the cusp of power. We only just held onto power in 2017, lost very badly in the recent local and EU elections and failed to win a by-election in a seat we held until ’17.

As history dictates, the writing is very clearly on the wall.

As these elections clearly told us, our voters have deserted the Conservative Party because we have not kept our promise to deliver Brexit. This is our very last chance to put things right.

If we get this wrong and fail to deliver Brexit, we risk the chaos and uncertainty of Jeremy Corbyn, the Brexit Party, an emboldened SNP in Scotland and the death of our Party as we know it. This cannot be stated strongly enough. This letter from me to you is not about my urging you to endorse my own preferred candidate, but to ask you to save both our party and the country that our children and grandchildren will work and live in.

If Corbyn ever comes to power, there is a strong possibility that even if our party did survive in some small way, we will never take power again.

We know that Labour will vote to introduce votes at sixteen. We know that Corbyn is fighting to take power because he is desperate to do whatever it takes to ensure that the Conservative Party is never in power again. This would be easily achieved by introducing an alternative voting system. I cannot state the threat to our party and our future strongly enough. If we fail to elect the right candidate, we may never be in government again. This once great country will be destroyed by the introduction of a socialism that will be far worse than that which we experienced in the 1970’s because it will be legislated for and sustained. Once the first past the post voting system is lost to us, it will never be returned.

This is why we must leave the EU on October 31st, with or without a deal, so we can begin to unite our country, restore trust in our politics and our party, and move beyond Brexit to focus on those issues (jobs, education, housing) that voters care about.

Regardless of our own personal preferences with regard to personalities, we now know as a result of intensive polling that only one candidate standing for the leadership of the Conservative Party can save the country from Corbyn and that is Boris Johnson.
  71% of believe he is the only candidate to be trusted to deliver Brexit. Boris led the Leave campaign and delivered the Referendum result. Jeremy Hunt voted remain. It is clear that the majority of voters will only trust in a leader who also voted leave. Who regards it as a personal commitment to deliver on the promises he made during the leave campaign.

As Mayor of London Boris cut tax, cut crime, invested in infrastructure, expanded the Living Wage, built more affordable housing and oversaw the best Olympics in living memory. Londoners voted for him twice, even though the Conservative party was 17% behind in the polls because he delivered on his promises and made London a better place to live.

As Foreign Secretary, in difficult and sensitive circumstances he led the international response to the Salisbury Novichok poisoning and delivered the expulsion of 158 Russian spies from our own and foreign shores, a devastating blow to Putin’s intelligence network.

Boris will build a team that delivers Brexit, defeats Corbyn, unites our party and our country and reinforces the Conservative values that have been the foundation of our success so that Britain can move beyond Brexit and secure a brighter future for all of us.

I am not asking members to vote for Boris because I have long held the belief that he is the right candidate, but because intensive polling has shown us that 61% of Conservative voters believe he is the only leader who can beat Corbyn as opposed to 19% for Hunt. We need to ensure that MPs receive a message from you that is unequivocal and empowering - to get on with it. To stop trying to kick Brexit into the long grass and hope that it fails because the British public will not accept that and they are sending us that message loud and clear in the voting booths. You may have voted remain, but we all understand the fundamental importance of honouring a democratic vote.

Vote for Boris Johnson as our next Leader and Prime Minister to deliver Brexit. To defeat and save us from Corbyn. To make the Brexit party and Farage redundant. To excite, energise and inspire a whole new generation to vote Conservative and to introduce true Conservative policies that we haven’t seen the likes of since the days of Margaret Thatcher. To keep Britain safe.

It's Time to Ban Trophy Hunting
Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 06:27



Thank you, Mr Chope. I had no intention of speaking today as I came to listen and learn, but I feel compelled to respond to the comments about Woburn Safari Park and make some other points. The hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) is no longer in her place, but she said concerns were raised about Woburn. Woburn is in my constituency. As the local MP, I have not heard about or been contacted by email or in any other way about such concerns with Woburn Safari Park or Woburn Abbey Deer Park.

I am passionate about animal welfare, as anybody who follows me on Twitter or knows me will be aware. It was important to me that I got to know both the safari park and the staff who worked there, and that I did my own appraisal of the conditions the animals were kept in and how they lived. I am in awe of both the research and the conservation work that takes place at Woburn in order to contribute to the preservation of various species. In fact, at Woburn—if I had known I was going to speak about this today, I would have got a list before I came—there are not only endangered species, but species that are extinct in the wild, ranging from insects to big game and other animals. They are looked after incredibly well, so I support Woburn Safari Park in its work.

On the deer park and culling, I was reassured on Friday that deer have to be culled, because an old deer left to die in a pack in a park does not have a pleasant death. No deer takes longer than three seconds to die. They are shot, and a marksman rides on the wing with the person doing the shooting. If the deer is not shot instantly, a second shot is fired almost immediately. That has to happen.?

I want to follow on from the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch). I lived in Zambia 35 years ago. I spent part of my time in the Luangwa Valley, which was a beautiful, rich and vibrant game reserve. People would walk instead of going in jeeps; I spent time there on walking safaris. I recently spoke to friends who live out there, in what was a beautiful, lush and incredible place. I will never forget being stuck on a riverbed when we were in a jeep and about to be chased by a bull elephant. I will never forget coming across a pride of lions at night, with a light and a halogen lamp. Slowly, one by one, little cubs came out from under the bushes, and the female lions licked them and patted them back into bed again. It was incredible to watch. The behaviour was so like our behaviour—the behaviour of a mother with her young replicated in those animals. It is so sad to hear that people are now going out there to trophy hunt and shoot those animals illegally.

I also wanted to make a point about what the Government should be doing about rhino horn. Anyone who has seen a rhino left for dead after having its horn removed by poachers will know it is a sight that cannot be unseen—it is there in our brains. We should be looking at how we can ban trophy hunting in this country. I see no reason why we cannot do that immediately, out of pure compassion and a desire to stop this behaviour from being normalised, and to prevent it from having any kind of credibility. By allowing it in this country, we almost give it a stamp of credibility. The UK is the fifth-richest nation in the world, and one of the most civilised—if we think it is okay, we rubber stamp trophy hunting. Surely we should dispel the impression that it is something we approve of. Out of compassion, if nothing else, why not ban it immediately in the UK?

We should be engaging with our international partners. Rhino horn, which has the same composition as compressed fingernails and toenails, is exported illegally to countries such as China and Vietnam. We should have conversations with our international partners and try our utmost to prevent them from claiming these awful, dreadful prizes and from believing that rhino horn possesses qualities that it does not. We cannot do that unless we take a stand. Unless we say, “We ban the import of these trophies,” we cannot have those conversations with other countries and ask them to ban or limit the import of rhino horns, lion heads and other dreadful trophies.



My Article in The Times (from last week)
Posted Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 12:40

When my ex-husband and I divorced we went through a transition period. You might call it a trial separation, but nonetheless it was a time when we sorted out boundaries, division of assets, visiting rights and our future working relationship. This was after we drew up a very successful political declaration with the kids. We both knew we wanted to leave.

If only the Brexit negotiators had been as pragmatic as we were and started with a shared commitment to divorce. This process should have begun with us activating Article 24 of the Gatt treaty through the World Trade Organisation. If the negotiation team had started there, the EU would have known we meant business.

Instead, this withdrawal agreement contains so many unsavoury components it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. On its first outing to the Commons I voted against it. On the second, only while holding my nose did I march, reluctantly, into the aye lobby.

I did so with very good reason. I could sense a change in the public mood and now believe that the withdrawal agreement is as good as it’s going to get. We have a Remain prime minister, Remain negotiators, Remain civil service, Remain advisers in No 10, a big majority of Remain MPs and, the killer, a strongly Remain Speaker.

Brexit is to be decided in Westminster, which was never going to allow no-deal to happen. In the divorce analogy Westminster is the injured party that wants to keep the dog. We are never going to have a rational conversation or reach a painless consensus.

The withdrawal agreement has its good and bad points. During the transition period we get to negotiate our future trading relationship. Although many are unhappy with the fact that we are still in the customs union during the transition period, it’s up to us to work hard to make sure we lose those shackles when we finally break free.

Driving home one night from the Commons, I heard a broadcaster on the radio say, “only days to go until we have left”. I laughed and muttered to the radio: “No, you don’t really think that.” But listening to the rest of the interview I realised this illogical belief that those leading the negotiating process would actually allow no-deal to happen was no longer funny.

After last weekend, all is now clear, if we don’t vote for the withdrawal agreement we will get something far worse: Article 50 revoked altogether, meaning we don’t leave, or a permanent customs union and single market. It will be chillingly chaotic and we won’t have a hope in hell of ever getting a clean break in our lifetime.

As I pulled into my driveway, I smiled. My ex-husband had put the bins out for me, opened the gates to save me getting out of the car and put the lights on. This may all seem just awful now, but maybe the withdrawal agreement is the right way to move forward after all. Maybe it is the bridge that ensures our future is harmonious with our EU neighbours and that, after a little more wrangling, we can make our own trade deals and finally be free.


Brexit Votes Update
Posted Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 12:42

The vote I cast yesterday in favour of the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement was one of the hardest of my time in Parliament. I decided, on balance, that the risk of us losing Brexit altogether was just too high to vote against. 

I continue to have deep misgivings about the deal. I didn’t want to vote for it. It was very hard to do so. If it had been passed, it would have meant long years fighting against the worst aspects of its implementation. But it was the least unpleasant option available.

Many of my leave voting constituents have continued to write to me calling for a WTO Brexit. There is a strong possibility that tonight, Parliament will vote with a large majority against a No Deal Brexit. 

The Remain majority in Parliament does not reflect the will or the vote of the people. But today, will make itself heard. No deal denied, Article 50 extended. When that happens, as I’m now sure it will, the conversation will move to a second referendum. This will take years, to pass the legislation and to agree on the question. At this point, I think the chance of Brexit happening at all falls away. 

The fight for Brexit continues. I will vote today to keep No Deal as an option and, tomorrow, against any extension of Article 50. 

GP Services in Mid-Beds
Posted Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 11:39

Residents of Shefford have been in touch with me recently about difficulty getting appointments at their (otherwise excellent) GP surgery. The same problem faces people living in Cranfield and Flitwick.

Housing development often gets the blame, and there's no denying it's played a part. Increasing demand puts pressure on services. But there's also a lack of supply. We don't have enough GPs.

I know the Department of Health and the Beds Clinical Commissioning Group are aware of the problem and are working on solutions. For the good of my constituents I will be putting pressure on them to do that quicker.

I'm applying for a debate in Parliament to raise the specific issues faced by Mid-Beds residents when accessing GP services. I will also continue providing feedback to the CCG as they complete their strategy on the future provision of services across the constituency.

We have seen investment in the NHS from the Government recently, with promises of more to come. But the people I represent deserve to start seeing that reflected in the services they use every day.

Irritated, a foiled May still plots an election
Posted Monday, 21 January 2019 at 14:10

White-faced and red-lipped, on the night of the snap 2017 election, Theresa May told her advisers: “I don’t look strong and stable now, I just look stupid.” That defeat did not deliver the thumping majority she expected. It lost us 13 Conservative MPs and our majority, necessitating a confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP for the Conservative Party to survive and to save the country from a Marxist government.

That night must have had the most profound and deep impact on such a proud and private woman. A dedicated public servant who has given her entire life, working and waiting for a very different outcome to arrive.

Last Tuesday, along with 117 other Conservative MPs, I voted against May’s EU withdrawal deal. It was 
a bad deal for Britain, but even more so for Northern Ireland as it contained the problematic Irish backstop, repeatedly rejected by the DUP. If the deal had passed, the Conservative Party would have sailed into very dangerous waters. The DUP would have had no alternative but to end the supply and confidence arrangement. At the least, its MPs would have sat on their hands and not joined us in the voting lobbies. In these extraordinary days, the 118 Conservative rebels were voting to keep the party in power, while the whips and No 10 were leaning on MPs to vote for the deal, lose the DUP and create chaos. Why?

Winning the vote would have been a massive boost for May, here and abroad. It would have created the perfect storm: an emboldened and respected prime minister, having delivered the seemingly impossible, with her government and party in free fall as the DUP walked out the door. These would have been the ideal conditions in which to call another snap general election, with May at the helm.

A general election would mean seeking a public endorsement for the withdrawal agreement from a country that voted leave. It would be a huge, stonking risk and one that would send an icy chill down the spine of almost every Conservative MP.

Recently, it was reported that May attended the 1922 committee and stated that she understood that MPs did not want her to lead the party into the next general election. She said she was disappointed. MPs were stunned when she said she had wanted to do just that. She viewed it as unfinished business, to put right her mistakes in 2017.

My colleague Adam Holloway asked the prime minister to confirm that she would not lead us into any election, not just the one due in 2022. He pressed her twice and, with feeble voice, she failed to answer him. Her eyes were down, her body language evasive.

It was very unlike a previous meeting after the election when, with eyes forward and voice strong, she announced: “I got us into this mess and I will get us out of it.” It was obvious to those of us who voted against her in the recent personal vote of confidence that if it had been her intention not to lead us into 
any election, she would have been unambiguous in her response to Adam.

As the chief whip whispered the result into the ear of the prime minister after the withdrawal agreement vote last week — the worst defeat of any government — irritated, she abruptly shrugged her shoulders in response.

The following day, when the vote of confidence in the government arrived, Michael Gove gave the speech of his life. Make no mistake: that was not just his leadership bid, it was the first shot fired in an election campaign as he exposed and excoriated Jeremy Corbyn. It’s not winter that is coming, it’s a general election and May’s advisers will attempt to ensure she leads us into it.

(This article first appeared in yesterday's Sunday Times.)

My Vote This Evening
Posted Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 16:19

We were once told that no deal is better than a bad deal. I still believe that’s true.

As evidenced by comments from the EU negotiators, we haven’t even tried to negotiate a good deal, one that could pass the test of Parliament. 

From the moment the calamitous Chequers proposals were published it’s been clear the government is seeking an arrangement that is too close to the EU, following EU rules and adhering to EU standards.

The withdrawal agreement as it stands leaves us 
subject to Brussels’ laws but with no voice and no say in making them. That is the worst of all possible worlds.

My fear is that we will end up locked into alignment with the EU, at the mercy of 27 member states whose interests clash with our own. That fear was only made worse when I read about the provisions of the backstop.

I am a Conservative and Unionist MP. I cannot vote for an agreement that would treat Northern Ireland as a second rate province, the first step to imposing the unification of the island of Ireland.

I supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum because of the potential of trade agreements we should be making around the world but can’t because of Brussels’ inflexibility. Within the backstop we would remain subject to the EU’s trade policy and still unable to forge our own destiny.

As if all that weren’t enough, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified we will be landed with a £39 billion divorce bill. I just cannot accept this is a reasonable amount.

The size of the divorce bill sums up Europe’s approach to the negotiations. Of course, they have been admirably united. And why not? It’s in the interests of all the other 27 states to keep milking us for as long as they can, then take advantage of us on the terms of the withdrawal agreement and hope to do the same thing on the future trading arrangements.

It’s time we pushed back against this, as we should have from the start.

If the deal is voted down tonight, I suspect the EU may miraculously come back with better terms. It’s what they always do. We can then consider if they are good enough. If not, we will reject them again. Remember, no deal is better than a bad deal.

Leaving the EU on WTO terms has been portrayed by Remainers in such blood curdling terms even they can’t really believe them. An inverted pyramid of piffle, as Boris might say.

If the best way to build a positive, balanced future relationship with Europe is by leaving on WTO terms, so be it.

There will be no suspended flights, no shortages of food and, as the deputy mayor of Calais assured us, no long tail backs of lorries. What there will be however, is the opportunity to strike profitable trade deals with countries around the globe, to the benefit of prosperity and jobs in the U.K.

For all these reasons I will be voting against the withdrawal agreement this evening.

If the EU come back with a deal that removes the backstop, reduces the divorce payment and allows us to negotiate free trade deals, I will happily vote for that.

Thuggery. Abuse. Threats. Unacceptable everywhere. But no-one came to Brexiteers’ defence when we were victims.
Posted Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 16:07


This is my article from ConHome, which can also be read here:

“I want to see you, trapped in a burning car and watch as the heat from the flames melts the flesh from your face.”

Just one of a huge number of threats I have received since the day I became an MP. I decided not prosecute the originator of that remark, since he pleaded that his wife was pregnant, that he had just started a new job and his life would be in ruins if I took action.

That was the moment for me when Twitter transformed from being a platform of debate to one of abuse because within weeks, I had inherited a stalker who stuck with me for eight long years. I wasn’t his first victim. He had targeted his local female MP for three years before me, but she didn’t have a Twitter account and wasn’t on social media, so he moved across the country, rented a house, yards from my own, and then began eight years of intimidation and torment that affected me, my family, my job and my wellbeing.

Did anyone care? Was anyone bothered? Did anyone understand? No, not a bit. Especially not the Crown Prosecution Service, which appeared to believe that, since as an MP I was accountable to the electorate, it followed, unfortunately for me, that this accountability could manifest itself in a variety of ways. I had to move out of my own home and constituency because I was terrified – and it appeared, I was entirely on my own.

I didn’t think things could get much worse after that.  But then came the EU referendum, and it was as if the floodgates of abuse had now opened to the full, leaving my own stalker looking like a third rate amateur.

In addition to the social media and email onslaught, I have barely been able to use my own office for over a year, thanks to the ‘Stop Brexit’ campaigners outside of my window – meaning that, most of the time, I am displaced as I work on a canteen table, or in the Commons library. Month by month, the threats have intensified and they reach the darkest corners of the all-abusable me.

Forget the ‘C’ word. That comes as standard – usually as a subject header on an email. I have become immune. Forget the death threats – for goodness’ sake, there are, so many; so gruesome. It had become very obvious, by the standard of notifications on social media and the comments aimed at me as I walked to Millbank to give interviews, that something was afoot. The language of social medial via the immunity of the keyboard was becoming normalised. I haven’t given an interview on College Green for months, thanks to the stop Brexit protesters. I haven’t walked to Millbank without a male member of staff for over a year. What people would once only have said in private, they have been saying in public, as discourse noticeably deteriorated.

This Christmas, I deactivated my Twitter account. It hurt. There are things I care about, deeply. When you post a tweet that has 10,000 likes and almost three quarter of a million impressions, you know you have an effective platform. To advance my views is one of the reasons I became a politician. Not to duck down behind the sofa, but to jump on the parapet, to put myself in the public space of debate. What’s the point otherwise?

However, the abuse became so bad that I felt the need to stop giving media interviews, writing articles and to remove myself from the public arena. To get off the bus. It was all too much. People were becoming far too angry.

And it’s not just here in the UK. You only have to look around the globe to see how the internet is empowering people – not always in a good way. How minority groups can bully and dominate social media platforms to establish acceptable norms on so many issues. In politics, the paradigm is shifting. Walking the corridors of Westminster is like trotting through quicksand, and many are struggling to understand the new politics.

The Remain Metro Elite thought it was all absolutely fine to project fearmongering, scream “Stop Brexit”, campaign for a second referendum and present themselves on TV to systematically denounce and traduce the result of the referendum and to even, via the courts, try to have the result overturned.

Alastair Campbell of dodgy dossier fame, who proclaimed that the will of Parliament alone was enough to take us to war in Iraq, now endlessly calls for a second referendum, yet no one has died as a result of the referendum vote. He campaigns for a second poll so that the people vote again until they vote the establishment way. The metaphorical equivalent of removing the pin from a hand grenade.

The BBC thought they could spout pure unadulterated bias. Give Gary Lineker a free pass as he abuses elsewhere those 17.5 million people who agonised over their vote, and believe that there would be no consequence as a result. Broadcasters describe working classes leave voters as “gammon” and thick, and so much more besides. Well, I am gammon. I am working-class and proud. I never for one moment thought that these developments would end in anything but tears, and the very worst is still to come.

The handling of Brexit. The fudged negotiations. The deceit, the lies, the attempt by Number Ten to Brexit in name only will soon come home to roost.

People said it was impossible for America to elect Donald Trump, that it would never happen.  That Angela Merkel would go on and on and on in post. Emmanuel Macron was a slap in the face to the French establishment. Shifting political sands.

People here in the UK have reached their own tipping point. Some will become totally disenfranchised, remain at home and will possibly never vote again. Some will vent on social media and the abuse will continue. Others will step away from the keyboard and out onto the streets, and that is already happening. Journalists, Westminster elite, MPs, Prime Minister – we are all to blame, as while we fiddle, Westminster may burn. And someone not at all committed to democratic norms – someone we haven’t yet thought of, or maybe we have – will rise from the ashes, and we will only have ourselves to blame.


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