Nadine Vanessa Dorries (née Bargery; born 21 May 1957) is a British politician serving as Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety since 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, she has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005. She is considered to be on the political right of the Conservative Party. In February 2020 Dorries became the first MP to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
Born in Liverpool to a working-class family, Dorries began work as a trainee nurse and subsequently became a medical representative. During her early career, she spent a year in Zambia as the head of a community school. After returning to the UK, she founded Company Kids Ltd; which provided child day-care services for working parents. She sold the company in 1998.
Although Dorries is often referred to as a former nurse, she is believed to have been a “State Enrolled Nurse”, a title which requires less training than the title “Registered Nurse”, a legally protected title under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997
Dorries was elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election for the Conservative safe seat of Mid Bedfordshire, with a majority of 11,355 votes. As a backbencher, she introduced several unsuccessful Private Member’s Bills, including attempts to reduce the time limit for abortions in the UK and changes to the rules regarding counselling for the women involved, and the advocacy of sexual abstinence for girls in sex education. An opponent of John Bercow, she attempted to have him removed as Speaker of the House of Commons. She also clashed with David Cameron and George Osborne, describing them as “two arrogant posh boys”. In November 2012, she was suspended from the Conservative whip owing to her taking part in reality TV programme I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! without informing the Chief Whip. The whip was returned to Dorries in May 2013 and she was re-admitted to the parliamentary party.
In July 2019, Boris Johnson made Dorries Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care with responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention and patient safety and in May 2020 she was promoted to the rank of Minister of State. (Source)