Tory MP mocked for rant about 'left-wing snowflakes dumbing down panto'

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27th December 2017

A prominent Conservative MP today lashed out at left-wingers she accused of “dumbing down panto”.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries with her dog Darcey in 2014
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Nadine Dorries launched a rant against so-called “snowflakes” and said they were taking the axe to a list of cultural institutions held dear to Brits.

But she was mocked by Labour MPs and told to “lie down in a darkened room”.

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Mid Bedfordshire MP Ms Dorries was riled by pantomime bosses who cut a scene from a Dick Whittington show at the London Palladium in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

In the scene - which has appeared in the show on numerous occasions in the past - a male actor looks up the skirt of a female character.

But pantomime star Christopher Biggins attacked the decision and said: “The generation they refer to as snowflakes are in danger of killing panto.”

Ms Dorries echoed his comments when she took to Twitter for her tirade today.

But Labour MP Wes Streeting told PoliticsHome: “The spirit of Christmas really is lost on poor Nadine. She's clearly had a long year and needs a lie down in a darkened room.”

His colleague John Mann added: "Oh dear, Nadine has been overdoing the sherry once again."

Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Pantomimes, said he cut the scene in the wake of the dozens of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood tycoon Mr Weinstein because “this year it just feels wrong”.

But Mr Biggins fumed in the Sun: “'I think it is very, very sad that people deliberately go out to see a pantomime to look for things that offend them. Why don't they stay at home?”