The future of Nadine Dorries, the Mid Bedfordshire MP, is uncertain this morning following her temporary suspension from the Conservative party.
It comes as she's likely to be confirmed as a contestant on the ITV show "I'm a Celebrity...Get me out of here" later today.
It's thought she will remain suspended until her return from the Australian jungle, pending an urgent meeting with Chief Whip, Sir George Young. She could be away from her constituency for up to a month.
One of our most controversial MPs is facing a barrage of criticism after flying to Australia to take part in the ITV show 'I'm a Celebrity...Get me out of here'.
Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has tonight been suspended from the parliamentary party after becoming the first serving MP to take part in the programme. She's justified her decision by saying it's a way to reach out to 16 million viewers.
The contestants are expected to be officially named tomorrow.
A senior party source has said the Conservative Party has suspended the whip from MP Nadine Dorries after it emerged she is planning to be absent from Westminster to appear on ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here'.
It's thought the Mid-Bedfordshire MP will remain suspended until she meets with chief whip Sir George Young. It's not yet known when that meeting will take place.
The Essex MP and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles says he'll miss Nadine Dorries when she goes off to the jungle to appear in ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
Mr Pickles, the MP for Brentwood & Ongar said: "I'll obviously miss her and I'm going to have to struggle on bravely without her.
"I shall be watching it and I shall be ringing in religiously every week to keep her there."
Paul Duckett, the Chairman of the Mid-Bedfordshire Conservative Association, reacts to reports that Nadine Dorries has gone to Australia to take part in 'I'm a Celebrity...Get me out of here'. ITV are expected to confirm the name of the contestants taking part tomorrow.
Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, has flown to Australia to take part in the popular entertainment show. She could be away from her constituency for up to a month.
ITV are expected to officially announce the names of those taking part in 'I'm a Celebrity...Get me out of here' tomorrow.