Tory Nadine Dorries faces backlash over I'm A Celebrity 2012 involvement

I'm A Celebrity 2012 Political and media figures including Louise Mensch have criticised Conservative MP Nadine Dorries over reports that she's joining the new series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

According to reports in today's papers, Dorries - who leads the Mid-Bedfordshire constituency and would be the first ever standing MP to take part - plans to use the show as a platform to air her controversial views on abortion.

But the news hasn't gone down well with her colleagues and constituents, as her involvement means she will miss crucial parliamentary sessions including Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn economy statement.

Ex-Tory MP Mensch led the backlash, writing on her Twitter page: "Nothing sadder than a politician, or ex-politician, on any of those shows. Nadine pretending that a serious issue like abortion rights is why she did this is the lowest of the low. Indefensible stuff.

"Perhaps whilst in the Jungle Nadine could be set the task of finding the plot."

Speaking on This Morning, Home Secretary Teresa May commented: "I think an MP's job is in their constituency and in the House of Commons."

Dorries - who earns over £65,000 a year as an MP - also came under fire for the fee she'll recieve for her appearance, which is likely to be a five-figure sum.

Another former MP, Harry Greenway, said: "Whatever fee she receives should go to charity, because her parliamentary pay won't stop during her absence.

"Her local constituency party should think very deeply as to whether she is putting them first or not. She is certainly making a very good case for herself to be dumped as a candidate at the next election."

It is thought that Dorries did not follow protocol by seeking permission to take part from Prime Minister David Cameron or the Chief Whip.

Discussing her decision to sign up for the show, she said: "I’m doing the show because 16 million people watch it. Rather than MPs talking to other MPs about issues in parliament, I think MPs should be going to where people go."

I'm A Celebrity 2012 begins this Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV1, with the official contestant line-up expected to be announced shortly.

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