Keep it up Dorries! Liz Truss supports culture secretary to stay in post under next Tory leader…if she wants to
- Liz Truss will keep culture secretary Nadine Dorries when she becomes prime minister
- The Foreign Minister who is widely expected to emerge victorious over Rishi Sunak
- On Monday, Truss told his allies Ms Dorries was guaranteed a job if she wanted it
- Ms Dorries had warned the BBC that license fee reforms needed to be reformed
That foreign ministerWho is widely expected to emerge victorious over Rishi Sunak when the result of next Monday’s Tory leadership contest is announced, has told her allies Ms Dorries is guaranteed to keep her job – if she wants it.
Since her appointment through Boris Johnson Last September, Ms Dorries warned the BBC that license fees needed reform because “the days of state television are over”, called for the privatization of Channel 4, oversaw the sale of Chelsea Football Club and advocated funding for Moving Arts pronounced to the regions.
Ms Dorries is also involved in legislation aimed at curtailing the power of social media giants, including the Online Safety Act, which will impose a duty of care on tech giants to protect users from illegal or harmful content.
Liz Truss is hoping to convince Nadine Dorries to remain her struggling culture secretary if she becomes the next prime minister over “unfinished business” with the BBC and the tech giants
The law, which gives regulator Ofcom the power to fine them up to 10 per cent of their annual global turnover or even ban them from access in the UK, has caused concerns among free speech advocates as expected of companies that they contain harmful content, even if it is not illegal.
It could potentially include remarks such as Mr Johnson’s 2018 comment that Muslim women wearing burqas look “like letterboxes”, but Ms Dorries, a staunch ally of Mr Johnson, has pushed through changes to protect press freedom to strengthen.
Her Department of Culture, Media and Sports is also drafting legislation that would require companies like Google and Facebook to pay newspapers and other media outlets to use their stories.
The plans address growing concerns that tech companies are dominating online advertising, to the detriment of consumers and businesses. With every poll suggesting Miss Truss has an unassailable lead over Rishi Sunak, the Secretary of State has spent much of the past fortnight knocking out key cabinet and No. 10 appointments with advisers.
Like Ms Dorries, Ben Wallace is expected to remain defense secretary in recognition of the “grip” he has exercised on Britain’s response to the war in Ukraine.
A source said: “There was a lot of ‘3D chess’ being played. Only two names went into the early draft and stayed in the same positions they already held — Nadine and Ben. Nadine in particular still has a lot of unfinished tasks on her desk.’ Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, a political soulmate of Miss Truss, is described as “pinned down” for the role of Chancellor, while Attorney General Suella Braverman is expected to be Home Secretary.
A source said: “Liz wants to unite the party and have the best players on the pitch. Rishi has many talented supporters and many of them are brought in, but don’t expect roles for those who really chose Liz in the media.
- Miss Truss has withdrawn from an interview with Nick Robinson which was due to air on BBC1 tonight. Her team said she “can’t spare the time anymore.” Mr Sunak was grilled by Mr Robinson earlier this month.