The devastating blow to the cultural fabric and integrity of this country comes amid rumours Dorries is in line for a well-earned peerage on Boris Johnson’s honours list.
Her tenure in charge of the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) will be rightly remembered for years to come. Few culture secretaries have been able to attract the intense feeling Dorries inspired across the country.
She made her presence felt, that cannot be questioned. She fought the noble fight for free speech, often seeming to say the very first thing that came to mind, epitomising a Johnson-led government forever enshrined for its candour.
Around 7.15am. Quick cuppa. pic.twitter.com/kU9W5iTeJc
— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) September 6, 2022
In a resignation letter of similar ilk to her benevolent benefactor Johnson – touting one’s own impressive accomplishments and doing away with the tiresome humility that has for so long plagued government – Dorries wrote: “I secured an additional £43.5m of Arts Council funding to be invested entirely outside of London as part of [Boris Johnson’s] levelling up objective, and by 2025 up to £24m per year will be redirected from London to the most culturally deprived parts of our country.”
Dorries’s resignation means the UK’s arts sector will see its 11th Culture Secretary since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.
Kemi Badenoch, who exceeded expectations when running for the Tory leadership this summer, is tipped to take over as the next Culture Secretary.