Ms Dorries became the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus and has also confirmed her 84-year-old mother has contracted the disease. Mrs Bridgen claimed Ms Dorries did not mention her husband to Public Health England despite claims from Mr Bridgen the two sat next to one another in a tearoom. Mr Bridgen explained to The Guardian: “I can assure you that Nadine Dorries came and sat next to me at the end of my table.
“I wonder why she would now deny this?
“My wife is an opera singer; she really is a prima donna whereas Nadine only acts like a prima donna.”
Mr Bridgen is understood to have a cold and a cough.
He said: “I don’t feel right. I am still waiting for a test. My 76-year-old mother-in-law [who lives with the family] is feeling all right at the moment.
Nadine Dorries (r) is Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety Under-Secretary
Andrew Bridgen is a Tory backbencher
“I am locking myself away at one end of the house, which is particularly upsetting when your 18-month-old son is crying for you. He is toddling and knows how to open doors. But I have to keep him locked out.”
Mrs Bridgen had written after Ms Dorries praised health officials: “Why did you not tell them that you sat next to my husband Andrew Bridgen on Thursday in a tearoom and that he can’t get the test now!
“I have the baby and a 75-year-old mother jeopardised.
“You were treated but no one is coming to help us!”
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Ms Dorries and her mother have tested positive for coronavirus
Ms Dorries replied on Twitter: “Because I did not sit next to your husband. He was in the tearoom when I walked in, on another table not close to me.
“He texted 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.”
Mrs Bridgen replied saying: “I’m sorry that you’re sick, I wish you to get well but let me tell you. You absolutely did sit next to my husband in the tearoom.”
Mrs Bridgen returned to the UK on Thursday after a performance in Belgrade had been cancelled due to coronavirus fears.
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This means they will be no longer tested but must self-isolate.
Mr Bridgen said after talking to 111 he was under the impression that he, his son and mother-in-law would be tested.
According to political blog Guido Fawkes, 15 MPs alongside Ms Dorries and Mr Bridgen are self isolating.
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One of them, York Central MP Rachael Maskell tweeted: “I have just received a message from Public Health England,
“We have now moved away from the delay phase of the Coronavirus response.
“This means that unless you have symptoms, you no longer need to self-isolate.
Rachael Maskell says she is no longer self-isolating
“I’m free!! Thank you to all those who have been so supportive.”
Those in self isolation include Health Minister Edward Argar, International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevalyn, Justice Under Secretary Alex Chalk, Security Minister James Brokenshire and Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith.
Mrs Trevalyn tested negative but is still self-isolating on medical advice.