LONDON: Conservative Member of Parliament Nadine Dorries was set for a showdown with chief whip Sir George Young to explain her appearance on I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!
The MP was suspended from the Conservative Party earlier this month after agreeing to take part in the ITV show.
She has drawn widespread criticism — including from voters in her Mid Bedfordshire constituency — for swapping her parliamentary duties for the Australian jungle survival show.
Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has denied he gave Dorries permission to take November off.
He told Sky News that she had never asked him and the first he knew of it was when the publicity about the show began.
The MP justified her decision to go on the programme by insisting her involvement was a “publicity gift” and chance to communicate with 16 million people.
Nadine Dorries arrives at Heathrow The Conservative MP at Heathrow on Monday
Arriving back at Heathrow on Monday after being the first contestant to be voted off the ITV show by viewers, Dorries insisted she did not know what all the fuss was about, and declared: “I’d do it again tomorrow.”
Defending her decision, she told reporters: “I’ve had three sitting days away from parliament. The rest has been over half-term.
“There are still MPs who have been away for two weeks and still haven’t returned. I’ve had three sitting days away. I think that is an important thing to remember.”
When asked about the reaction of some of her constituents, she replied: “What they are angry about is what they have read in the newspapers, which is not the truth.”