Quarantined MP's opera star wife blasts coronavirus-struck minister

Quarantined Tory MP Andrew Bridgen’s Serbian opera star wife accuses Health Minister Nadine Dorries of ‘jeopardising her baby and elderly mother’ by not telling him she had coronavirus sooner in furious Twitter spat

  • Nevena Bridgen attacked MP saying she ‘jeopardised’ her baby and elderly mum
  • Andrew Bridgen confirmed he was self-isolating yesterday after lunch last week
  • Dorries hit back saying ‘I did not sit next to your husband’ despite his claim
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Health Minister and novelist Nadine Dorries sparked panic in Government when she tested positive for coronavirus last week

Coronavirus-struck Health Minister Nadine Dorries was embroiled in a furious Twitter spat today with the opera singer wife of one of her colleagues, who blasted her for not revealing her diagnosis sooner. 

Nevena Bridgen, whose husband Andrew is self-isolating after coming into contact with Ms Dorries in the Commons last week, launched at attack on her, saying she had left her ‘baby’ and aged mother ‘jeopardised’.

The couple have a toddler son, Blake, who is 18 months old.

Mr Bridgen, 55, confirmed he was self-isolating yesterday after having lunch with Ms Dorries last week.

This morning his Serbia-born wife attacked the minister on Twitter, writing: ‘Why did you not tell them that you set (sic) next to my husband Andrew Bridgen on Thursday in a tea room and that he can’t get the test now! 

‘I have the baby and a 75 years old mother jeopardised. You were treated but no one is coming to help us!’ 

But Ms Dorries hit back, questioning Mr Bridgen’s version of events by saying that she had not been as close to the North West Leicestershire MP as he believed.

‘Because, I did not sit next to your husband,’ she replied.

‘He was in tea room when I walked in, on another table not close to me.  

 Nevena Bridgen, whose husband Andrew is self-isolating after coming into contact with Ms Dorries in the Commons last week, launched at attack on her, saying she had left her baby and aged other ‘jeopardised’

But Ms Dorries hit back, saying that she had not been as close to the North West Leicestershire MP believed

Nevena, who wed Andrew in 2017 after they met through friends, is the daughter of a retired jazz musician father and a psychologist mother, and moved to London from Belgrade to study at the Guildhall School of Music

‘He text me and told me he had sat next to me, I was too ill to discuss but not sick enough not to know, that wasn’t true. 

‘I told him if he was worried, to call 111.’

Nevena, who wed Andrew in 2017 after they met through friends, is the daughter of a retired jazz musician father and a psychologist mother, and moved to London from Belgrade to study at the Guildhall School of Music.  

As well as her singing career she runs the Wives of Westminster websitem, a glamorous lifestyle hub aimed at the spouses of elected officials – provided they’re ‘fashionable, sophisticated women with brains, hearts and style’.

It provides a mix of political musings, property porn and a luxurious ‘aspirational’ shopping column showcasing designer items worth thousands of pounds.

Mr Bridgen, a father of three, separated from his first wife, Jackie, in 2011 and they later divorced.

Their row came as Cabinet minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan revealed she had tested negative for coronavirus.

The International Development Secretary said she was one of the increasing number of MPs self-isolating for seven days in a bid to stem the spread of the disease int he heart of politics.

She was tested after coming into contact with Ms Dorries, who tested positive for the coronavirus, at the International Women’s Day event hosted by Boris Johnson in Downing Street on March 5.  

Two other Tory MPs announced they were in self-isolation, one after coming into contact with Ms Dorries and the other saying he had exhibited some symptoms.    

Tory MPs William Wragg and Alex Chalk said they were now staying at home, joining a handful of other parliamentarians who have already taken themselves out of circulation in Westminster.

Labour’s Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake revealed she was self-isolating this morning after showing symptoms of coronavirus. 

 

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