Nadine Dorries has never been shy about publicising her disdain of Rishi Sunak. Whether it’s criticising his £3,500 Prada suit or accusing the former Chancellor of sabotage, the former I’m a Celebrity… star could never be accused of being a card-carrying Sunakite. But Mr S was nevertheless surprised to hear who she thinks ought to replace him as Prime Minister.
Appearing on the BBC’s flagship Laura Kuenssberg show yesterday, Dorries was asked which popular figure from outside politics ought to become Britain’s next premier. A focus group of voters produced names like Carol Vorderman and Martin Lewis but Dorries’ own choice was anything but predictable. For the Boris-backing Brexiteer said that her choice would be none other than departing Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.
Now while Dorries is a long-time reds fan, Klopp isn’t exactly a true-blue Tory. Back in 2021, he declared that the leadership of Boris Johnson – Dorries’ great hero – was ‘really a bad sign for the whole world.’ He previously called for a second EU referendum based on the ‘right information’ and in 2017 declared he was ‘on the left, of course,’ telling journalist Raphael Honigstein that ‘I believe in the welfare state. I’m not privately insured,’ adding ‘If there’s something I will never do in my life it is vote for the right.’
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