Tom Watson MP has shared a letter he and I imagine other MPs have received from Nadine Dorries MP: Nadine Dorries asks for support.
Nadine you will remember joined Iain Dale and the mainstream media they both featured on and in and misinformed in repeatedly libeling Tom Watson MP. So Nadine has a nerve asking for Tom's support, even if she were otherwise remotely suitable for the post in question.
I'm going to give her begging letter a little light frisking:
June 7th, 2010
I have decided to stand for the Chair of the Health Select Committee and would like to ask for your vote on Wednesday.
I have never held any front bench ambition and have been labeled a ‘rebel’; however, I prefer to regard myself as principled, which I think is an ideal quality for a Committee Chair.
With ten years nursing experience within the NHS, a former union member and a natural leaning to towards all health related issues; I feel I can bring a prior knowledge, passion and understanding to the Chair. As a single mother of three daughters and someone who in recent years has taken full responsibility for two terminally ill elderly relatives, I also bring practical first hand experience of what it is like to be on the receiving end, both as a patient and a carer.
LOL understand that after training - she'll surely not be counting that? - Nadine jacked in nursing immediately after her first marriage and took a job on a Greek cruise line, separated, divorced, went South with a Doctor boyfriend, split up, went to Zambia, married (or not) and started having her family with Paul David Dorries.
There was then a further period of registration as a nurse, alongside various intriguing business ventures and property activity. Hard to see where ten years actual nursing experience within the NHS came into it.
I have no outside interests and would commit myself fully to the role.
The Company marketed a range of mattresses and so on, targeting anxious parents. Why did Nadine join that Board? Why did Nadine leave that Board?
However, I understand you will have concerns with regard to my standing and this email is to alleviate what I believe may be your primary concern.
I want to provide you with my absolute, solemn word and undertaking, should I be successful, that in no way whatsoever will I use the position in order to further my campaign of the last Parliament, to reduce the upper limit at which abortion takes place.
This is because my own personal belief in this area is beyond persuasion and I would find it very difficult to remain objective. Any report produced by a Committee which I chaired regarding any area of abortion would be weakened by my Chairmanship and subject to claims of bias, regardless of the evidence.
My own health interests lie in the areas of maternal health, childhood obesity, mental health (particularly teenagers), depression, breast cancer and all aspects of care delivery.
I also give you my word that I will attempt to ensure that all members of the committee leave party politics at the door. That the Committee works truly and wholly on behalf of the people. That we challenge thoroughly, deeply and analytically every major health policy decision brought forward by the coalition government.
The next few years are going to bring budget cuts. David Cameron promised real term spending increases for health. I intend to help him stick to that promise.
The structure of the new Committees will provide us with an opportunity to embrace democracy in a way which in the past has become damaged and eroded.
It would be my wish to ensure that every member of the committee found it an exciting, interesting and career enhancing experience and wanted to attend each sitting, rather than looking for a reason to be absent.
Quite staggering. This really is quite staggering.