I was first to call for Philip Hammond's head, Nadine Dorries tells hacks

Written by David Singleton on 12 October 2017 in Diary

The Tory backbencher stressed that she was there before Lord Lawson.

Tory grandee Lord Lawson grabbed a few headlines at lunch time with a call for the chancellor to be sacked.

In an interview on the BBC’s Daily Politics, the ardent Brexiteer was asked whether Philip Hammond should keep his job and said: "I fear not. I fear that he is unhelpful. He may not intend it but in practice what he is doing is very close to sabotage."

Michael Gove could be a suitable replacement at the Treasury, he suggested.

Many in Westminster reckoned that Lawson was taking his cue from the Daily Mail, which published a scathing editorial this morning calling Hammond "dismal, defeatist [and] relentlessly negative" and even went as far as suggesting that he could be replaced by Jacob Rees Mogg.

But Nadine Dorries was keen to stress that she had been there first, having called for Hammond’s head a few days ago.

Just as lobby journalists were gearing up to describe Lawson as "the first Conservative politician to call openly for Hammond to be sacked", the Tory backbencher took to Twitter with a message for the press pack.

Addressing The Times’ deputy political editor Sam Coates, she said: "I called for him to go live on TV on Peston on Sunday."

And to make sure that she was not left out of the latest story, the Tory MP even helpfully provided a fresh quote: "We need a 'can do man’ in the Treasury not a prophet of doom."




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