Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries’ Twitter spat with Harry Potter author JK Rowling over EU referendum debate

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries, left, had a Twitter spat with Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries, left, had a Twitter spat with Harry Potter author JK Rowling. - Credit: Archant

The world-famous author of the Harry Potter books and the MP for Mid Bedfordshire went head-to-head on Twitter today in the latest spat sparked by Thursday’s EU referendum.


After none other than David Beckham announced he was backing the Remain campaign earlier today, Nadine Dorries took to the micro-blogging site to tweet: “Super rich, often LA based Beckham thinks if we leave #EUref Danish/Irish won’t be able to play for England anymore *facepalm* #VoteLeave.”

This sparked a response from Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, who tweeted: “Know your place, successful working class boys. Don’t start thinking you can have opinions just because you made it.”


Ms Dorries, who has nearly 30,000 followers on Twitter, told the author that she lived on a working-class council estate in Liverpool until her mid-adult years.

JK Rowling tweeted back: “Then you should be applauding and enabling social mobility, not sneering when it happens.”


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The exchange continued with both women reaffirming which camp they were in.

Ms Dorries tweeted: “That’s why I want to protect borders and prevent cheap labour from suppressing the wage of struggling on my estate #VoteLeave.”

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And the Harry Potter creator, who has 7.5m followers, said to Ms Dorries: “You’re selling the desperate a lie. Experts concur Leave will severely impact jobs. Yours will be safe, though, eh? #Remain.”

After the spat played out Ms Dorries tweeted: “So, @jk_rowling made me late for an app Not going to get the chance to say that very often am I? She can say do no wrong though #VoteLeave.”

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