Nadine Dorries slams critics for mocking her dyslexia after TikTok gaffe

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April 23, 2022, 3:23 p.m.

Nadine Dorries appeared on Dr. Luke Evans’ TikTok.

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Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has condemned critics who mock her dyslexia after a video gaffe on TikTok.

In a 40-second clip, Ms Dorries spoke about people being able to ‘stream’ – rather than download – films online, and called tennis courts ‘courts’.

The MP then took to Twitter on Saturday to defend the confusion, saying her dyslexia meant she found it “difficult” to find the correct phrase when speaking.

Ms Dorries said: “I have dyslexia, which means when I speak I often conjugate my words and say things that sound like the words I’m trying to say.

“Sometimes it’s funny and I laugh about it… but most of the time it’s just difficult.

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She went on to say, “I’m okay with that. I’ve been in politics for a long time and you guys are tough. That’s why I haven’t spoken much publicly about how it affects me.

“But I found it difficult to see commentators and media making fun of me for something that was beyond my control.

“For other people with dyslexia, we’re learning that it’s what you accomplish in life that matters, not what those who laugh at you say.”

Dyslexia is described by the NHS as a common learning difficulty that primarily causes problems with reading, writing and spelling.

The clip shared by Luke Evans, the Tory MP for Bosworth, on Friday saw Ms Dorries explain the work carried out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which she oversees.

“We’re responsible for making sure you have super-fast broadband in your home, which means you can stream your movies downstream,” she told Dr Evans.

Ms Dorries went on to say that her department was also “responsible for all things sports, making sure that you have football pitches and you have tennis courts in your communities where you can play and practice your sport. “.

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