Published: 21/10/2012 12:00 - Updated: 19/10/2012 19:28

MP: I oppose objectification of women

Tory MP Nadine DorriesMP Nadine Dorries has hit back at criticism from campaigners who questioned her stance over a controversial strip club.

Hundreds of protestors took to Ampthill’s Market Square on Monday to object to the opening of the club and hand over a 2,300- strong petition to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Ms Dorries’ name was booed at the protest with some campaigners claiming there had been a lack of support from the MP. Resident Philip Whitely said: “It is impossible to know our MP’s view on the issue.

She claims to be opposed to the club, but withholds her active support for the campaign against it.”

The Mid-Beds representative had previously said it was not her role to get involved but on Wednesday she took the row to the House of Commons.

 During PMQs she said: “The one thing that residents of Mid Beds have learned is that...the wishes of local people have absolutely no weight in planning law.” In a letter to Bedfordshire on Sunday, Ms Dorries offered her support to campaigners. She said: “For the avoidance of doubt, I am totally opposed to the objectification of women and on moral grounds and could not be more opposed to John Shayler having been granted a licence by Cental Bedfordshire Council’s licensing committee.

“I urge residents in future to train their firepower on the council building, its councillors and officers.

That is where you should be demonstrating.”

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