Feb 15, 2010

Did Nadine Dorries dish out free dope?

A potentially career-ending allegation was published by a Sunday newspaper yesterday:


A pair of single mums have told how Tory MP Nadine Dorries offered them the prescription drug temazepam when she lived with them for a reality TV show.

Sisters Rena Spain and Nisha Young - who took "Mad Nad" into their council flat to experience life on benefits - says she waited until the cameras were off, and then offered the tranquillisers around. Mum-of-five Rena, 40, said: "She went into her suitcase and pulled out this big plastic bag with all different types of pills in it. She asked, 'Does anyone want one of these?' She said they were temazepam and were really good to help you sleep. I said, 'You can't just hand them out like Smarties'."

The sisters say mum-of-three Dorries, 52, offered them the pills on the first night of her stay on the South Acton estate in West London. The controversial Mid-Beds MP was there as part of the C4 show Tower Block of Commons, and last week we revealed how she stuffed £50 into her bra when she was supposed to be living on benefits. Yesterday the MP denied the allegations.

1. Until she's clinically diagnosed, can we lay off the 'Mad Nad' crap please?

2. Unusually, Nadine Dorries has decided against getting her retaliation in first this time. Normally, when she has advance notice of a damaging story, Nadine will play the victim while smearing her accuser(s)/critic(s), as she did most recently by lashing out at the director of the second episode of Tower Block of Commons (1, 2). This time, we haven't heard anything from her. In fact, the last time she published anything on her not-a-blog was last Monday, when she none-too-convincingly pretended that she forgot she was on telly that night.

3. The first reference to 'temazepam' in reference to Dorries was made by one of the sisters who opened a Twitter account during filming and published this among a short series of tweets on the evening of Nadine's second day on the estate:

4. Temazepam is a prescription drug that appears to have a... recreational following:

Tems, Temazzies, Eggs, Green Eggs, Jellies, Norries, Rugby balls (more)

Temazepam is a short-acting Benzodiazepine. It is normally prescribed to people who have difficulty sleeping, or occasionally to reduce anxiety.

Temazepam is produced as a gel-filled capsule, designed to be taken orally. A normal therapeutic dose of temazepam would be 10mg-30mg. If you have a normal dose of Temazepam you may feel less anxious and start to feel relaxed and sleepy. At higher doses the effects are similar to alcohol - you may feel less inhibited towards other people. Your behaviour may be exaggerated (people who are using Temazepam are often very talkative or over-excited, sometimes even hostile or aggressive) and judgement is impaired. You may have a false sense of confidence, or even believe you are invincible or invisible.

Recognising that we only have an allegation so far; Dorries being hepped up on goofballs most of the time would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

5. Looking past the possibility that Dorries spends her life on a rollercoaster of prescription pills, here's what else makes this such a serious allegation

Supply of the drug by an unauthorised person is an offence for which the maximum sentence is five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. A charge of possession of a drug with intent to supply can be brought by the police. This includes giving a substance away for free, and can be for any amount of Temazepam that the court feels is too unreasonably large to be for personal use only. (source)

Episode 3 of Tower Block of Commons airs tonight, 9pm Monday 15 February.


Anonymous said...

She was probably hoping they wouldn't notice what a patronising idiot she was if they were well drugged up.

The slimming pill 'amphetamine' tweet would explain a lot. She does blog and tweet like someone on speed.

Tim said...

On your first point about any possible attempt to drug up Team Dorries for whatever reason, I must admit to watching 'Glee' last night and thinking what poor timing it was for poor Nadine (and on the same channel, too);

Determined to stay close to her husband, Terri takes a job as the school nurse, despite having no medical qualifications... Club member Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is exhausted by his extra-curricular activities, so Terri gives him pseudoephedrine tablets, which Finn shares with the rest of the males in the glee club. Their performance is enhanced by the effects of the tablets, and they give an energetic performance in the mash-up competition. When Kurt (Chris Colfer) tells the girls the secret behind the boys' performance, they too request the tablets from Terri, and also give a high-spirited performance. (source)

Steve Rolles said...

actually dealing a class C drug can get you 14 years. It was raised from 5 when cannabis was classified down to C - the government wanted to seem tough on dealers - so all class c drugs had penalties raised to B levels for dealing. The Tories made no objection to this, and it has stayed in place since the moving of cannabis back to B. Tough break for Nadine.