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Jamie Reed MP pens open letter on why he refused 'I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!' appearance offer

Jamie Reed MP for Copeland Credit: PA

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland, has penned an article in the Guardian explaining why he refused a recent offer to appear on ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!.

The TV series has a history of inviting MPs onto the show, notorious examples being Conservative MP Nadine Norris and former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, neither of which lasted more than two weeks in the Jungle.

Writing in the Guardian, Jamie Reed said:

Me? I’m not a celebrity, I’m not going in there and I’ve politely declined to meet the producers of the show. Copeland is set to become one of the fastest-growing parts of the UK economy, there’s a lot of work to be done and if you really want to see me in late November and early December, I’ll be holding my usual surgeries – but please remember, planning issues are a matter for the council.

– Jamie Reed MP for Copeland

Jamie Reed was approached after dramatically resigning from the Labour frontbench immediately following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader.

Corbyn swept to an unprecedented victory on a wave of anti-austerity resentment, but is opposed to nuclear power, which is a key industry in Reed's Copeland constituency.

Despite Corbyn winning over 60% of the vote share in the leadership poll, Reed refused to serve under him.

In his resignation letter, Jamie Reed said:

Over 10 years I have managed to secure funding for new hospitals and schools and to establish new nuclear policy.

Your opposition to this, as with David Cameron when he became Leader of the Opposition, is poorly informed and fundamentally wrong.

– Jamie Reed MP

Reed's principled stance was met with accolades from some, but met with contempt by Labour loyalists, prompting former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to quip to BBC journalist Jane Hill:

Who is Jamie Reed? Is he in our party?

– Lord John Prescott


Strictly Come Dancing star Georgia May Foote aiming to inspire young people in Cumbria

Georgia May Foote, pictured left. Credit: ITV Border

Strictly Come Dancing star Georgia May Foote has been in Cumbria today inspiring a new generation of young people.

The former Coronation Street actress - who played Katy Armstrong for 5 years - visited Ullswater Community College during their prize giving day.

During a speech to hundreds of students, Georgia, told young people to believe in themselves if the want to achieve their ambitions in life.

The 24 year old is currently one of the favourites to win the BBC Strictly series with her dancing partner Giovanni Pernice.

Comedian Dave Spikey to perform in Kendal

Comedian Dave Spikey has spoken exclusively to ITV Border as he prepares for a gig at Kendal Brewery Arts Theatre on Thursday 22 October.

Dave reveals he's always been a fan of the South Lakes:

I've got a great affinity with the South Lakes, because at school when I was a kid, the only holiday we could afford was summer camp.

I went once to Grasmere and I just loved it, and we still go, we have a family week called a booze and snooze, when we get all the family together about two or three times a year, and we go and stay over somewhere, and have a good walk, a few drinks, and something to eat and stay the night.

Nine times out of ten we go to the Lakes."

– Dave Spikey


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