Published Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Nadine Dorries is set to enter the jungle (© ITV)
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Nadine Dorries caught even her colleagues off-guard with the decision to take part in the reality TV show in the Australian jungle, where contestants can end up eating bugs and other 'delicacies'.
On Tuesday, the Conservatives withdrew the party whip from Ms Dorries over the decision.
In justifying the move, the 55-year-old had previously told The Sun: "I'm doing the show because 16 million people watch it. If people are watching I'm A Celebrity, that's where MPs should be going.
"I'm not going in there to upset people, but I have opinions."
Former Conservative MP Harry Greenway was among those to speak out against Ms Dorries' plan.
"This is outrageous. Her local constituency party should think very deeply as to whether she is putting them first or not," he said.
"Whatever fee she receives should go to charity, because her parliamentary pay won't stop during her absence."
Ms Dorries, who represents Mid Bedfordshire, earns more than £65,000 as an MP. Her fee for I'm A Celeb... hasn't been disclosed.
While she looks set to become the first serving MP to take part in the show, she isn't the first to be asked by the producers.
In 2008, North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley Jnr revealed he had turned down an offer of tens of thousands of pounds to appear in the jungle.
The full I'm A Celeb... 2012 line-up has yet to be confirmed, but is understood to include names like ex-Corrie star Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster), actress Linda Robson and darts player Eric Bristow.
Rumours have also been rife that WWE's The Rock will feature, but Dwayne Johnson himself appears to have rubbished the claims.
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