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Nadine Dorries Channel 4 'Tower Block Of Commons' Latest Observations – Deadline

Nadine Dorries Channel 4 ‘Tower Block Of Commons’ Latest Observations – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: A prominent Scottish MP is attempting to block former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ path to the House of Lords over her controversial claim that Channel 4 used actors in the Love Productions reality format. Commons Tower.

John Nicolson, a member of the influential Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMSC) and Dorries’ famous questioning about Commons Tower in May, he wrote to the chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Committee, Lord Bew, and referred the matter to the UK Committee on Privileges of the Commons. Deadline has seen the letter.

Nicolson argues that Dorries knowingly misled a parliamentary committee with his “apparently wholly false” claim, and therefore should not be allowed into the House of Lords. previous I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! The contestant resigned as Secretary of Culture earlier this week and is expected to receive a noble title.

In July, Channel 4 and Commons Tower Producer Love investigated Dorries’ comments that the people participating in the format “didn’t really live in a flat” and “were actually actors”, concluding that there was “no evidence to support the allegations made about the show”.

Others who participated in the show 12 years ago, a social experiment format in which MPs like Dorries lived in deprived UK housing estates, have publicly refuted his claims.

Nicolson’s letter to Bew requested that any decision on [Dorries’] the Lords’ appointment be delayed until the Commons Privileges Committee makes a decision whether to investigate and then rule on this serious matter.”

“If Ms. Dorries’ claims are substantiated, her appointment can continue,” Nicolson added. “But if the Channel 4 investigation is not challenged with evidence, it will become clear that the Secretary of State has misled a Commons Select Committee and will therefore be an inappropriate person to be recommended by the Prime Minister for a title. nobiliary”.

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Nicolson described Dorries’ account as “totally untrue” and said the matter is of “major importance as it is attacking the credibility of Channel 4, a broadcaster it plans to take private in a highly controversial move”.

Dorries has previously doubled down on his claims. In response to the DCMSC president in July, he said that he had “raised my own experiences of participating in the program and endorse those comments.”

During her year-long spell as Culture Secretary, Dorries passed legislation to sell off Channel 4, a move opposed by 96% of those polled in the government consultation and which polls showed to be the bottom of the priorities of conservative voters. Her department was also accused by Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon of trying to alter the wording of her annual report to make the Great British Bake network seem less sustainable from a financial point of view.

Dorries’s replacement, Michelle Donelan, must now decide whether to go ahead with privatization or reverse the policy.

Deadline has reached out to Dorries’ office for comment.

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