The CCHQ production line
CCHQ decided on a bold strategy for the 2019 General Election, selecting a bunch of exceptionally young, inexperienced candidates to take on Labour’s heartland. Over in Redcar they got Jacob Lemon Top Young, while Stockton South ended up with Matt Vickers, who had been given just enough training to give a thumbs up while wearing parmo socks. However, the constituency of Bishop Auckland fared even worse, and wannabe TV star Dehenna Sheridan Davison somehow became a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Was Brexit a fascist coup?
On 31 January 2020, seven weeks after her “Get Brexit Done” victory, Dehenna Davison and the Bishop Auckland Tories held a Brexit victory party at the Merry Monk pub. Among the attendees photographed with their new MP were Andy Foster and Colin Raine, both right wing extremists. Davison denied that she knew either of these men. However, she’d met both of them several times before. In fact she’d already been with them in the same pub a few weeks earlier on election night, 12 December 2019. When she became Tory candidate for Bishop Auckland in September 2018 she knew that the local party had been infiltrated by right-wing extremists, but she wanted to become a TV star via the stepping stone of the House of Commons, and small details such as this weren’t going to stop her.
In 2018, a year before running for parliament, 24 year old Dehenna appeared on Channel 4’s fake reality TV show Bride and Prejudice getting married to a 59 year old Hull councillor who reminded her of her 67 year old granddad. A couple of years later she hooked up with somebody old enough to be her father, so that was an improvement.
That first Covid lockdown was horrible, wasn’t it?
Not if you were Dehenna Davison, it wasn’t. By the end of April 2020, 32,000 UK citizens had died of Covid-19, but Dehenna cheerfully took to TikTok and posted a video of herself lip-synching to Tyga’s “Bored in the House”. Meanwhile her constituents complained that it was next to impossible to contact her to do the job she was paid for. Three years later, Rupert Murdoch confirmed that he has finally lost his marbles by tipping TikTok MP Dehenna as the first TikTok Prime minister.
Davison’s connection with Jacob Rees-Mogg goes back to when she was his special advisor while still a 19-year old university student. Soon after being elected she joined Jacob’s Tufton Street funded European Research Group, a right wing sub-group within the Tory Party, which had engineered Brexit and toppled two Prime Ministers even before Dehenna joined. In April 2021, Dehenna’s connections to the 55 Tufton Street nexus were further strengthened when they selected her, along with fellow Tory MP Greg Smith, to front the Free Market Foundation. This is supposed to be another policy forum, but in reality it’s yet another right-wing megaphone to push a more right wing agenda.
Davison seems to have been touting for TV work all of her adult life, and in September 2020 she set up a company called DSD22, ostensibly to manage her new showbiz career, although the Companies House record on DSD22 is weird, to say the least. In June 2021, she was hired by GB News to co-host a Sunday morning chat show called “The Political Correction” with pro-Brexit Paul Embery. The list of hosts for this show reads like a dinner party from hell – Tom Harwood, Nigel Farage, Arlene Foster, Michael Portillo – to name but a few. Box sets of the show can be obtained on ebay,
Businesswoman of the year
In April 2022, Davison’s fake PR company DSD22 was struck off the Companies House register, and threatened with a £5,000 fine for failing to produce evidence of trading. She has never explained what was going on here,
Pork pies and pork markets
A few weeks after posting her GB News make-up tips on Facebook, Davison was implicated in the Pork Pie Plot against Boris Johnson along with Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns. After interviewing her, the Tory Chief dismissed the rumours out of hand. However, she had already slyly abandoned the dear leader and, having been promised a ministerial job, switched sides to ardent Brexiter Liz Truss. Six months later, in July 2022, Johnson was unceremoniously booted out of No10, Truss defeated Rishi Sunak for the leadership, and Davison was rewarded for her disloyalty to Johnson by being made Levelling Up Minister.
Levelling Up Minister – phoning it in
Weeks after being appointed Levelling Up Minister, Dehenna Davison was due to appear at her most crucial meeting of the year, the Great Northern Conference on 22 November 2022. But she didn’t show up. Her excuse was that ‘Parliamentary business has me tied up in Westminster’. She sent a video instead. However, in an additional insult to attendees, she sent the wrong video. Three days later, Dehenna confirmed what we knew all along. She was bored with this whole politics thing, and announced that she would be standing down as an MP at the next election. However, she didn’t stand down immediately, either as an MP or as a Government Minister.
Join the professionals
Not a great start, but worse was to follow. Dehenna’s next set-piece event was the Convention of the North in January 2023. But she also swerved this, citing “business in Westminster”. Her boss, Michael Gove, did show up. He spoke for 20 minutes and snubbed the mayors of West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Liverpool and North of Tyne. The following month, in February 2023, Dehenna Davison made her only significant contribution to her Levelling Up role by suddenly and arbitrarily changing the rules for bids, leaving Local Authority leaders furious, and council taxpayers millions of pounds out of pocket.
Get on the gravy train
Despite more than 12 months of Dehenna Davison’s incompetence, Rishi Sunak has still not sacked her. She continues to draw her MP salary of £86,584, plus her Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (PUSS) salary of £24,947. This is all pensionable, of course, and she’ll be entitled to severance pay when she is finally paid off as a PUSS. Could this be the same Dehenna Davison who co-ordinated an open letter in November 2020 opposing the proposed pay rise for MPs in April 2021? It surely could. However, when push came to shove, she accepted the pay rise in 2021. And the one in 2022. And the one in 2023.
Teesside Freeport corruption
So, who funds Dehenna Davison? Well, we recently discovered that she had been given £3,000 in 2019 by the scrap-metal mogul Ian Waller. This was awkward because her own government was supposed to be investigating corruption at Teesside Freeport, potentially involving people such as Ian Waller. We are still awaiting Michael Gove’s in-depth inquiry.