After failing to speak in the Commons for more than a year, Nadine Dorries has been under fresh pressure to resign as an MP.
After failing to earn a peerage in Boris Johnson’s departure honours list, the former cabinet minister announced her resignation with “immediate effect” in June.
However, the Tory MP has yet to publicly resign, stating that she is researching why she was denied a seat in the Lords.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has already said the former culture secretary’s voters “aren’t being properly represented”.
And now immigration minister Robert Jenrick has said it is time for her to quit.
“I think being a Member of Parliament is a special privilege. You sign up for a term in office,” he told Sky News.
“If you decide you want to leave Parliament for whatever reason, you need to get on and do that.
“I don’t think that Nadine Dorries’ constituents are being properly represented. I hope she’ll reach that conclusion soon.”
Ms Dorries is still the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, but she also has a weekly chat show on Talk TV and has written a book called The Plot: The Political Assassination of Boris Johnson, which will be released in September, just days before the Conservative Party conference.
Ms Dorries has held the Mid Bedfordshire seat since 2005, and the Conservative Party in general since 1931.
Labour is optimistic about winning the seat, but the Liberal Democrats believe they have a good chance of doing so as well.