THE Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has said that she was
sexually abused as a child by her Anglican priest in Liverpool.
Mrs Dorries, who has often been vocal about her Christian faith,
made the allegations in an interview to promote her latest novel,
The Ballymara Road, in her Four Streets trilogy. She told
the Mail on Sunday that the stories of sexual abuse within
her novels were based on her own experiences.
The new novel includes a character by the name of James Cameron
- which, Mrs Dorries has now said, is the name of the clergyman who
exploited her as a nine-year-old girl in Liverpool during the
She said that Mr Cameron, who was curate at St Mary's, Halewood,
in the diocese of Liverpool, between 1964 and 1968, invited her to
the vicarage on the pretence of showing her his stamp collection,
but instead forced her to look at graphic photographs of him and
his wife having sex.
Later, be began making social calls to Mrs Dorries's home. "Once
I woke up in the night to find him performing a sex act near
"Another time when he was kneeling at the side of my bed he
exposed himself," she said. "He spoke to me but what he said was
too disgusting for me to even write.
"I didn't know what sex was - I was only nine. But I remember
thinking it was bad and wrong."
She never told anyone about the abuse, fearing she would not be
believed. But when she came to write her novels she decided to
include Mr Cameron's name as an act of defiance of the cleric.
"I knew I was going to get my revenge on the vicar," she said.
"I remember thinking, 'I want you to know that I'm writing about
you; it's unmistakable and that through these three books I am
going to make you suffer.'"
She later found out, however, that Mr Cameron had died in 2011,
before her first novel was published. In the 1970s, he was an
industrial chaplain in the diocese of Liverpool, before becoming an
officer on the Board of Education. He ended his career as a parish
priest in Norfolk.
The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, who leads the
Church of England's safeguarding work, said that any abuse within
the Church was a matter of "deep shame and regret".
"We will be working with statutory authorities and others in
Liverpool to carry out a full investigation. I would urge anyone
who may have any information relating to this matter to contact the
police or other statutory authorities."