Nadine Dorries has refused to resign as MP for Mid Bedfordshire until she gets answers about why she did not get her peerage in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours.

The former culture secretary quit last Friday, saying she would "immediately" step down, but she is yet to formally tender her resignation.

Tweeting on Wednesday night, Ms Dorries said: "There is much speculation about the time at which I become appointed the bailiff of Northstead Manor, as part of the arcane resignation process when standing down as an MP.

"To put an end to this, I am awaiting responses to my subject access requests submitted to Holac (the House of Lords appointment committee), cabinet secretary and the Cabinet Office, where I will then take the time to properly consider the information I am provided.

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"I have requested copies of WhatsApps, text messages, all emails and minutes of meetings both formal and informal with names of senior figures unredacted.

"My office continues to function as normal and will of course continue to serve my constituents of Mid Bedfordshire as we have done for the last 18 years until this time."

Ms Dorries confirmed she still intended to resign, adding: "It is absolutely my intention to resign, but given what I know to be true and the number of varying and conflicting statements issued by No. 10 since the weekend, this process is now sadly necessary."

A by-election for Mid Bedfordshire cannot be called until Ms Dorries officially tenders her resignation, with the Conservative party reportedly keen for it to happen as quickly as possible.

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By-elections will also be held in Selby and Ainsty, and Uxbridge and South Ruislip after the resignations of Nigel Adams and Boris Johnson.

Ms Dorries has come under fire from fellow Tory MPs, with Newcastle-under-Lyme's Aaron Bell accsuing her of being more interested in "making money on telly".

"I don’t know what Nadine’s doing, to be honest," he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.

"I think it would be good for her constituency in Mid Bedfordshire if they could have proper representation, because Nadine’s barely been seen in parliament these last six months."