I'm A Celebrity 2012: Tory Nadine Dorries wants to prove she's 'normal'

I'm A Celebrity 2012 - Nadine Dorries

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries is hoping that doing I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here will help her prove that politicians are 'normal'.

The feisty 55-year-old, who is the first ever standing MP to compete on the reality show, defended her decision to leave her mid-Bedfordshire constituency behind for up to four weeks in the Australian jungle.

She explained: "A lot of people don’t vote and if they can see I am a normal mother who comes from a poor background and who didn’t go to a posh school, they may think they can be a politician too. Maybe they will trust us more.

"I know there will be a backlash that I am going on this show, but I would like to point out that I have never before taken a week away in Parliamentary time whereas a lot of other MPs have."

She has already been suspended by the Tories, and faces an official investigation after complaints over her reported £40,000 appearance fee.

Meanwhile, Nadine - dubbed 'Mad Nad' by the press - says she's never seen the show before and has been too busy to devise a strategy.

"I definitely don’t have a game plan," she said. "I just want to be myself.

"I'm a rubbish cook so I won’t be cooking. I'm a mother of three young adults and I think that side of me will come out. I won’t deliberately start an argument.

"But if anyone wants to take me on, I will be up for it!”

> Meet the stars taking part in I'm A Celebrity 2012!

The new series begins this Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV1.

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