Tory Nadine Dorries has been put in charge of beefing up Britain’s cyber security despite admitting to sharing her computer password with staff and interns in her office.
Boris Johnson ’s decision to name Ms Dorries Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in this week’s reshuffle was a surprise to many – who may know her best as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
The bestselling author, 64, has also been under fire over a string of right-wing tweets and comments about race, culture, media and gay rights – which, to her critics, are highly offensive.
In 2013, she prompted accusations of racism when saying ex-MP Chuka Umunna looked like boxer Chris Eubank.
She’s complained that “left-wing snowflakes are killing comedy”.
And she provoked fury by retweeting comments made by far-right extremist Tommy Robinson.
As part of her job, she’ll have responsibility for improving cyber-security in the UK – but has been previously accused of failing to keep her constituents private data “confidential and secure.”
In 2017, she admitted “all my staff” had the password for her private Commons computer.
“My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login everyday,” she said. “Including interns on exchange programmes.”
She made the admission in a bid to defend Theresa May ’s former deputy, Damian Green, who had been accused of watching pornography on his Commons computer.
Mr Green denied the allegations.
But Ms Dorries intervened in the debate, insisting the “claim that the computer on Greens desk was accessed and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous!!”
Ms Dorries admission came just months after Parliament had suffered a major cyberattack, with hackers trying to gain access to MPs email accounts.
The attack was blamed on Iran.
Commons data protection rules clearly state MPs should not share their passwords, even with staff members.
Her comments sparked alarm from readers and internet security experts.
Jim Killock, of the Open Rights Group, said at the time: “On…