Nadine Dorries is to quit as UK culture secretary ahead of Liz Truss’ cabinet reshuffle today, according to reports.
Dorries, who took over from Oliver Dowden 12 months ago is to step down as the new prime minister enters office, according to the Daily Mail.
Last week its sister title, the Mail on Sunday, along with The Sunday Times, reported that Dorries was likely to stay in post following the victory of Truss, who she backed during the leadership campaign.
However the Mid Beds MP, who became the architect of the plan to privatise Channel 4 and said she wanted to abolish the licence fee, is now expected to return to the back benches ahead of an anticipated peerage from former PM Boris Johnson.
A source told the Mail: “Nadine has agonised over this as she is 100% supportive of Liz. But she has decided now is the right time to leave Cabinet.”
A separate report in the Times named Tory leadership hopefuls Penny Mordaunt and Kemi Badenoch as potential successors to Dorries at the DCMS.
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