Dorries: 'Huge mistake to replace Mitchell with Sir George'

Conservative backbencher Nadine Dorries said it was a "huge mistake" for David Cameron to replace one public school chief whip with another after the resignation of Andrew Mitchell.

It is a huge mistake for Cameron to have replaced Rugby School-educated Mitchell with Old Etonian Sir George.

For a man whose only job was in PR, it displays crass party mismanagement by Cameron.

Ms Dorries, a long-standing critic of Mr Cameron, said the current Tory leadership was not doing enough for "meritocracy" and "aspiration".

It sends out the message that to strive is pointless, because when it comes down to it, those who can succeed are the already wealthy and well-connected. That to be someone in politics, you first need to have been born into the right circle of families and to be somebody's friend at school.