Nadine Dorries suspended from the Conservative Party for joining I'm A Celebrity 2012

I'm a Celebrity 2012Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has been suspended from the Tory party after flying to Australia to take part in jungle reality show I'm A Celebrity.

The 55-year-old has been spotted Down Under after signing up for the ITV contest, in the hope of using it as a platform to share her controversial opinion that the time limit for abortions should be cut to 20 weeks.

However, has move has sparked a backlash as she will miss crucial Parliamentary sessions during her time in the jungle, for which she's reportedly being paid a fee of £40,000.

She also failed to seek permission from senior Conservative figures, such as Prime Minister David Cameron or Chief Whip George Young.

As a result, Dorries has been suspended from the party until her return to the UK, when she'll have to explain herself in a face-to-face meeting with Young.

A party source commented: "The concern is that she will not be doing parliamentary or constituency business in the meantime."

Several of Dorries' colleagues, including Louise Mensch, Harry Greenway and Home Secretary Teresa May have criticised her decision.

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has also argued that she should resign and that she has damaged the image of women in politics.

However, Dorries does have support from Tory lynchpin and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ann Widdecombe, who argued that her suspension was an 'over-reaction' from 'silly, silly idiots'.

I'm A Celebrity 2012 begins this Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV1.

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