A book by Nadine Dorries exposing Whitehall’s ‘political dark arts’ has been delayed due to the huge volume of material she has gathered, her publisher said today.
The former minister has pledged to reveal the shocking inside story of the ‘corruption of democracy’ at the heart of government revealed by her investigation into how Boris Johnson was forced out of Downing Street.
Her book, The Plot, was due to be released on September 28, but publisher HarperCollins has announced a new publication date of November 9.
It said: ‘This small delay is necessary to allow for the huge volume of material the author has consulted, the number of high-level sources spoken to, and the required legal process needed to share her story.’
Ms Dorries said: ‘What began as an investigation into how Boris Johnson was removed from office ultimately revealed a corruption of democracy deep at the heart of the Conservative Party and in Downing Street. Secrecy, fear and the cloak of anonymity have protected those who wield secret power, until now.’
Nadine Dorries’ book, The Plot, was due to be released on September 28, but publisher HarperCollins yesterday announced a new publication date of November 9
Boris Johnson was prime minister from 2019 to 2022, with next Wednesday marking the first anniversary of his ousting
She said it made the TV drama House of Cards appear tame ‘but this is no made-up tale, it’s for real and, for the first time, their political dark arts are about to be revealed’.
Mr Johnson was prime minister from 2019 to 2022, with next Wednesday marking the first anniversary of his ousting.
HarperCollins has described Ms Dorries’ book as a ‘seismic, fly-on-the-wall account of how the saviour of the Conservative Party became a pariah’ and said it will feature ‘unparalleled access, from multiple inside sources talking with astonishing candour’.
In the pages of The Plot, Nadine Dorries has promised to ‘expose every devious trick’ pulled by Whitehall’s big players
It said she had spoken to dozens of insiders ‘ranging from Cabinet ministers to the lowliest Spads [special advisers], civil servants and party officials, and through their testimony she pieces together a profoundly shocking story of powerful, unaccountable forces operating behind the scenes who became the architects of a prime minister’s downfall.’
In the pages of The Plot, Ms Dorries has promised to ‘expose every devious trick they’ve pulled’. The bestselling author of 16 books has said: ‘The more people I talked to in the heart of Westminster, the deeper the story unfolded. I had wanted to discover the forces behind the downfall of a prime minister.
‘Instead, I found a fault line within the Conservative Party stretching back decades and a history of deception fuelled by the darkest political arts.’
It is understood that Ms Dorries spent hours interviewing dozens of sources – including MPs, ministers and senior civil servants – for her book at 5 Hertford Street, a fashionable Mayfair private members club where she was given a special room for the purpose.
To add to the atmosphere of mystery, everyone she spoke to was given a secret codename to guarantee their anonymity.
Ms Dorries, who writes a weekly column for the Mail, finally quit as an MP last week with a scathing resignation letter to Rishi Sunak predicting he would lead the party to defeat at the next election.
Dorries said her book it made the TV drama House of Cards appear tame ‘but this is no made-up tale, it’s for real and, for the first time, their political dark arts are about to be revealed’
Nadine Dorries was a key supporter of Boris Johnson throughout his time in office (Pictured: Dorries looks on as Johnson make a speech during a visit to the Commonwealth Games’ stadium in Birmingham in May last year)
She cited the discoveries made during the research for her book as one of the key motivating factors for her resignation, writing: ‘It became clear to me as I worked that remaining as a backbencher was incompatible with publishing a book which exposes how the democratic process at the heart of our party has been corrupted.’
She added she will take ‘some comfort’ from exposing ‘exactly how you and your allies achieved this undemocratic upheaval’.
Her departure means there will be a crucial by-election in her Mid Bedfordshire constituency, potentially coinciding with the Conservative Party conference.
Held by the Tories for almost a century, it has become a safe seat under Ms Dorries, with her majority increasing from 11,355 in 2005 to 24,664 in 2019.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Ms Dorries accused Mr Sunak of betraying Tory principles, behaving irresponsibly and abandoning the pledges made in Mr Johnson’s 2019 election-winning manifesto.
Downing Steet has not responded to her attack, but Mr Sunak has been urged to heed her warnings and return to vote-winning Conservative policies such as cutting taxes and controlling spending.
The Prime Minister’s allies have pointed to his repeated insistence that cutting inflation must be his priority for the economy.