Nadine 'had Tory permission' for absence

Published Thursday, 22 November 2012
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Ousted I'm A Celeb... campmate Nadine Dorries, the first person to be voted out of the jungle by the public, has insisted she had the Tory chief whip's permission to be absent from Westminster.

Nadine 'had Tory permission' for absence
Nadine Dorries has said she's back at work already. (© Rex Features)

Nadine, a Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, caused a stir when it emerged that she was heading to Australia to take part in the reality TV show.

She was already Down Under when the party whip was removed from her and she was suspended.

While Nadine wasn't allowed to reveal in advance that she was joining the I'm A Celeb... line-up, she insists she did warn the chief whip that she needed the time off for something "quite controversial".

Speaking on ITV's Daybreak, she said that Andrew Mitchell gave permission for her planned absence.

"In all of my seven-and-a-half years, I've never taken a day away in parliamentary time," she said.

"A lot of MPs will take between four to six weeks a year.

"He said that was fine and I could take the month away. And I didn't tell him what for, because I couldn't - because I was bound to confidentiality."

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Mr Mitchell, who has since resigned over his row with police at the gates of Downing Street, continues to insist that Nadine neither sought nor was given permission to appear on the show.

But she hit back saying she was disappointed in the lack of support and added: "He's trying to be clever with words and say he didn't give me permission for the show.

"Well, he didn't give me permission for the show, but he did give me permission to have the month away."

She will now have to explain her action to Mr Mitchell's successor as chief whip, Sir George Young.

"I've already been back at work actually," Nadine said.

"What is overnight to you, as soon as I got out of the jungle, I was straight back to work ... Some of the flak that has been thrown at me, I'm afraid, just isn't true.

"My office has been manned, my staff have been working, and I am back at work already."

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