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Monday 7th January 2013
Latest from Dot Commons
Nadine Dorries and Peter Bone beware! Competition is hotting up for the title of ‘most disgruntled Tory backbencher’ - and Dot hears that Cheryl Gillan could be poised to claim the crown.
The Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham was removed from the job of Welsh Secretary last year, with Downing Street forced to deny reports that the PM was drinking red wine at the time.
Since then, she has gone on the warpath about high-speed rail. But sources close to Cheryl suggest there could be much more to come.
“She is somebody who feels liberated out of office and is scared of nobody. She may well become the PM's most vocal and articulate critic,” her lobbyist pal and sometime lunch companion Peter Bingle tells Dot.
What’s she got planned, we ask. Could we even be talking about a potential stalking horse? “She is a Tory and the PM is not. He should be very worried indeed ,” replies our man.
And then on Twitter: "Could the wonderful Cheryl Gillan become the stalking horse around whom all the PM's critics will converge? He should not have fired her!"