Tory MP Nadine Dorries has hit back at critics who had blasted her for taking part in I'm A Celebrity 2012.
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.
She also failed to seek permission from senior Conservative figures, such as Prime Minister David Cameron or Chief Whip George Young.
But as she arrived in Brisbane yesterday for the launch show on Saturday, Nadine said: “I’ve worked seven years as an MP and never taken a day off in Parliamentary time.
“Parliament is in half-term while I’m here. The important thing is 16million people watch this show. Rather than MPs talking to one another in Westminster, they should be talking to these 16million people.”
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, a source added: “She is feisty and opinionated and has already got people worked up.”
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