Louise Mensch wrong to back Sun on Harry pictures, says Nadine Dorries

Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire accuses Mensch of ‘schmoozing’ Murdoch family in blogpost on ConservativeHome

Louise Mensch has been accused by Tory MP Nadine Dorries of having “schmoozed” the Murdoch family after she endorsed the decision of the Sun to publish naked pictures of Prince Harry.

In a scathing attack in a blogpost on ConservativeHome, Dorries asked Mensch to think hard “about a boy who lost his mother at the hands of the media”.

Dorries turned on Mensch, who is standing down as MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, after she appeared on the Today programme last week to support the Sun’s decision to publish the photographs. Mensch, who is resigning after finding it hard to combine her work as an MP with life with her New York-based husband, said that the prince forfeited his right to privacy after inviting strangers into his Las Vegas to play strip billiards.

“I was bitterly disappointed to see the face of Louise Mensch, and the words taken from her interview on the Today programme supporting the Sun, used by the paper as a justification for their actions,” Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire, wrote. “She is a former MP who has resigned midterm, supposedly for the sake of her family and has, without doubt, handed her seat to Labour. A pill very hard for some to swallow when she appears on her social media site and Twitter by the minute and has no problem leaving her family, popping up on the media on a regular basis, even to condemn Prince Harry.”

Dorries accused Mensch of unprofessional behaviour for leaving a meeting of the Commons culture select committee which was hearing from James and Rupert Murdoch. As she left Mensch reportedly said to James Murdoch that they had children of the same age.

Dorries wrote: “Having schmoozed the Murdochs in a select committee, followed up by her backing of their sad decison to print the photographs, who knows, maybe she will be luckier in the job stakes this time now that she has made herself available, having walked away from a seat she knew she may lose at the next election?

“However, I would ask the former MP, next time she wants to open her mouth about a boy who lost his mother at the hands of the media in a way which shocked the world, she might want to look to her own heart and wonder how she would feel? After all, it’s not as though Prince Harry has admitted to taking illegal drugs, abandoned his post, or failed to turn up to work every Thursday in the style of Louise Mensch, now is it?”

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