Nadine Dorries has accused left-wing activists of ‘hijacking’ social media – adding that people are too scared to say what they think for fear of being ‘cancelled’. 

In her first TV interview since becoming Culture Secretary, the Liverpudlian MP criticised ‘cancel culture‘ for frightening young people away from serious debate. 

She also said she does not plan ‘to charge out on a culture battle’ after being branded the ‘minister for culture wars’ by The Observer last month, a label she described as ‘what other people say about me, not what I say.’

The label stemmed from outspoken tweets by the politician, before she took up her new role, in which she blasted ‘left-wing snowflakes’ for ‘ruining comedy’ and accused the BBC of left-wing bias.  

In her first TV interview since becoming Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries (pictured) said she does not plan 'to charge out on a culture war battle'

In her first TV interview since becoming Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries (pictured) said she does not plan 'to charge out on a culture war battle'

In her first TV interview since becoming Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries (pictured) said she does not plan ‘to charge out on a culture war battle’

Speaking to BBC's culture editor Katie Razzall on Tuesday (pictured together), Ms Dorries criticised 'cancel culture' for frightening young people away from serious debate

Speaking to BBC's culture editor Katie Razzall on Tuesday (pictured together), Ms Dorries criticised 'cancel culture' for frightening young people away from serious debate

Speaking to BBC’s culture editor Katie Razzall on Tuesday (pictured together), Ms Dorries criticised ‘cancel culture’ for frightening young people away from serious debate

She also said she does not plan 'to charge out on a culture battle' after being branded the 'minister for culture wars' by The Observer last month, a label she described as 'what other people say about me, not what I say'

She also said she does not plan 'to charge out on a culture battle' after being branded the 'minister for culture wars' by The Observer last month, a label she described as 'what other people say about me, not what I say'

She also said she does not plan ‘to charge out on a culture battle’ after being branded the ‘minister for culture wars’ by The Observer last month, https://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/member/1541184 a label she described as ‘what other people say about me, not what I say’ 

Speaking to culture editor Katie Razzall on Tuesday, Ms Dorries also said she disagrees with the removal of statues and artworks dedicated to historical figures.

She said: ‘Sometimes I think we just need to tone down the condemnation and the judgment, and evaluate and engage a little bit more than we do. 

‘I think social media probably contributes a lot to this.

‘People are afraid because of the amplification in the echo chambers of social media.’

The MP said she stands by some of her outspoken tweets, including one in 2017 in which she said ‘left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy’.

Ms Dorries said that some comedians had expressed similar concerns recently, adding: ‘I just said it first.’ 

She added that such tweets are aimed at those ‘on the left who have hijacked that space’, not people who ‘do want to talk about these issues seriously.’  

On the idea of removing statues and artworks dedicated to historical figures linked to the slave trade or other troublesome pasts, she said: ‘You can’t, with this whole cancel culture, wipe it all out like it didn’t happen and pretend it didn’t exist.

The MP said she stands by some of her outspoken tweets, including one in 2017 in which she said 'left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy'

The MP said she stands by some of her outspoken tweets, including one in 2017 in which she said 'left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy'

The MP said she stands by some of her outspoken tweets, including one in 2017 in which she said ‘left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy’

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