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Johnsonites face off in TV wars

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Nadine Dorries, Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety arrives at 10 Downing Street on September 15, 2021 in London, England. The British prime minister replaced several cabinet ministers shortly after introducing his social care plan and a corresponding tax rise that is unpopular with some members of his party. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

You’d think after the last few years, viewers have had enough of politicians on their screens. But studio bosses clearly disagree, given the increasing number of MPs who are now hosting their own television shows. This morning TalkTV have announced that former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries will be joining the channel as a regular presenter, with her first guest being none other than one Boris Johnson. Expect that one to be a tough grilling…

And it’s not just TalkTV who have signed up a diehard Johnsonite. For GB News have poached their own ‘Boris backer’ in the form of Jacob Rees-Mogg, a longtime podcast host on ConservativeHome. He is the fifth serving MP to be signed up as a presenter, following in the footsteps of Dehenna Davison, Lee Anderson and the husband and wife duo of Philip Davies and Esther McVey. Dorries’ show will be every Friday at 8 p.m and is billed to cover politics, culture and sport.

Given her constant criticisms of Johnson’s successor, Mr S suspects Rishi Sunak won’t be tuning in any time soon…

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