Carol Vorderman has hit back at Johnny Mercer and his wife by describing them as the ‘Neil and Christine Hamilton of today’.
Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, whose husband is the veterans’ affairs minister, last night said Ms Vorderman was a ‘celebrity attack dog’ who was ‘inciting people to hate all Tories‘.
But the former Countdown presenter took to Twitter today to claim Mrs Cornelius-Mercer – who works for her husband’s parliamentary office – is paid ‘more than an army officer and twice as much as a young soldier’.
‘[Mr Mercer] said yesterday military personnel don’t need to go to food banks. He earns over £110,000 as a minister and pays her in his office £35-40,000,’ she wrote. ‘The Neil and Christine Hamilton of today?’
Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was accused of taking bribes as part of the 1994 ‘cash for questions scandal’. His wife worked as his secretary following their 1983 marriage.
Countdown star Carol Vorderman has hit back at Johnny Mercer and his wife, describing them as the ‘Neil and Christine Hamilton of today’
Ms Vorderman claimed Mrs Cornelius-Mercer – who works for her husband’s parliamentary office – is paid ‘more than an army officer and twice as much as a young soldier’
This tweet came after Mrs Cornelius-Mercer last night branded Ms Vorderman a ‘celebrity attack dog’ and claimed she was ‘inciting people to hate all Tories’
It is not the first time Mrs Cornelius-Mercer, 43, has been vocal on social media .
She gained attention in 2018 when Mr Mercer accused a Twitter user of suggesting his wife was a prostitute in the comment section of a local paper website.
She also described former prime minister Liz Truss an ‘imbecile’ for previously sacking her ex-army Plymouth MP husband from government.
And in a no holds barred attack this week, Mrs Cornelius-Mercer said Ms Vorderman should be stripped of her RAF ‘Honorary Group Captain’ title because she ‘shouldn’t be political’.
Speaking on Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women podcast, Mrs Cornelius Mercer said: ‘[Ms Vorderman] drives me up the f***ing wall. It’s this idea of celebrity attack dogs that know nothing about politics.
‘It’s like inciting people to hate all Tories. You can’t blanket hate. This is what Vorderman seems to be doing.’
Ms Vorderman has previously called Conservative MPs ‘disgraceful’ and a ‘gaslighting, disgusting, lying bunch of charlatans’.
After the podcast, Mrs Cornelius-Mercer said in a Twitter post: ‘And they call politicians narcissistic; Carol Vorderman is another level and playing the public for fools. Don’t fall for blanket hatred of any persuasion.’
Her husband responded by commenting a single throwing-up emoji.
As fans rushed to Ms Vorderman’s defence last night, the MP’s wife also appeared to mock those struggling with the cost of living crisis as she quipped her ‘family estate does need some repair work’ when asked by a user if the couple have had to ‘downsize mansions’.
One Twitter user shared the post and said: ‘Carol Vorderman is sticking up for millions. It’s laughable that you think you can speak for us. Your name is Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, it’s so posh it’s like a parody.
‘Cost of living hitting you hard, is it? Downsizing mansions? I think you’d better sit down, love.’
The MP’s wife responded: ‘I definitely don’t speak for you and all your drivel. And yes, the family estate does need some repair work; so a bit of sympathy wouldn’t go amiss.’
The spat spilled over on to Twitter after Mr Mercer was yesterday criticised for an interview on Sky News, in which the minister appeared to say that UK military veterans who use food banks are doing so out of ‘personal decisions’.
Ms Vorderman shared excerpts from the interview in a tweet criticising his comments, to which the government minister replied ‘You are grim’, followed by a throwing-up emoji.
Last night she shared his response with her followers, asking: ‘Has he been hacked? Or is this now a new low Tory govt bar?’
Mr Mercer responded: ‘No. You’re just a deeply unpleasant person.’
Ms Cornelius-Mercer, whose husband is veterans minister Johnny Mercer, said last night Ms Vorderman was a ‘celebrity attack dog’ who was ‘inciting people to hate all Tories’
The former Countdown presenter has previously called Conservative MPs ‘disgusting’ and a ‘lying bunch of charlatans’
His wife added: ‘Always count on Johnny Mercer to tell it to you straight. You really do seem like a nasty person.’
Ms Cornelius-Mercer has long been outspoken on her social media accounts. Last year she compared then-PM Liz Truss to a muppet after her husband was sacked from the Cabinet on the leader’s second day in office.
She wrote: ‘This system stinks and treats people appallingly. Best person I know sacked by an imbecile.’
She also claimed Mr Mercer asked Ms Truss who would do his job as veterans minister better than him, to which she is said to have declined to answer.
Representatives for Ms Vorderman and Mr and Mrs Mercer have been contacted for comment.