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November 24, 2013updated 25 Nov 2013 7:55pm

Tory MP tells Sunday Mirror reporter ‘I’ll nail your balls to the floor’ in Twitter rant

By Darren Boyle

Tory MP Nadine Dorries  threated to nail a Sunday Mirror journalist’s testicles to the floor after he doorstepped her to ask about her daughter’s taxpayer-funded job.

Ben Glaze approached the MP asking how her daughter Jennifer could provide “secretarial support” at a cost of £35,000 a year when she lives 96 miles away from Westminster and 89 miles from her mother’s constituency office in Bedfordshire.

In the Tweet, Dorries warned: “Be seen within a mile of my daughters and I will nail your balls to the floor… using your own front teeth. Do you get that?”

In a string of Tweets, Dorries accused Glaze of bordering on “creepy / stalker esque”.

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In a statement to the Sunday Mirror, Dorries defended employing her daughter in a taxpayer-funded role. The MP said: “Jennifer’s main place of work is in the constituency, where she stays for some of each week.

“Her journey time is 1hr 20 mins. She does not claim from the staff travel allowance and covers all her own travel costs.

"Her journey time is less than mine from Bedfordshire to Westminster which is 1hr 30mins, as it is for all of my constituents who commute to London.

“I do not claim travel expenses and cover my own travel costs. I find your interest in both myself, out of 650 MPs, my daughters and their private business is questionable, irrelevant, bordering on harassment and rather creepy.”

Dorries recently had to apologise to parliamentary authorities for failing to properly document the income she received from ITV following her appearance on the 2012 serues of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. 

She caused controversy after travelling to Australia to appear on the show instead of representing her constituents in Parliament prompting the Conservative Party to strip her of the party whip. 

 

 

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