Nadine Dorries loses Tory whip

The Chief Whip's spokesman says Nadine Dorries won't have the whip restored until she can prove she can rebuild bridges with her constituents, her local association and her Parliamentary colleagues.

Dorries won't have whip restored until she can prove bridges rebuilt

The Chief Whip's spokesman says Nadine Dorries won't have the whip restored until she can prove she can rebuild bridges with her constituents, her local association and her Parliamentary colleagues. She has 14 days to prove that.

There appears to be a battle of wills between Number 10 and Dorries, who came out of her meeting confident the whip would be restored straight away.

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Nadine Dorries 'confident' suspension will be lifted

by - Political Correspondent
Nadine Dorries
Nadine Dorries returned from 'I'm a Celebrity' to questions from colleagues and constituents. Credit: Press Association

MP Nadine Dorries has told me she is confident her suspension from the Tory Party will be lifted after her meeting this morning with the Chief Whip.

She said it was a lovely chat and they had agreed to meet again to discuss her future next week.

She was summoned to see Sir George Young to explain her decision to go on 'I'm a Celebrity'.

Dorries meeting Chief Whip tomorrow morning

I'm A Celebrity MP Nadine Dorries has insisted she has done nothing wrong
Nadine Dorries has insisted she has done nothing wrong Credit: ITV Anglia

The Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has revealed to ITV Anglia she is meeting the Government Chief Whip tomorrow at 10am to explain her participation in the ITV show I'm A Celebrity.

She returned from Australia this morning.

She insisted: "I have not had the whip withdrawn - the whip has temporarily been suspended while I was abroad. And I hope that will be fully reinstated tomorrow."

You can see the interview at ITV Anglia.

Dorries: 'I've had three sitting days away from Parliament'

Nadine Dorries has defended her appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, after arriving back in the UK.

Speaking to reporters at Heathrow Airport, she said:

I've had three sitting days away from Parliament. The rest has been over half-term.

There are still MPs who have been away for two weeks and still haven't returned. I've had three sitting days away. I think that is an important thing to remember.

When asked about the reaction of some of her constituents in Mid Bedfordshire, she replied: "What they are angry about is what they have read in the newspapers, which is not the truth."

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Nadine Dorries back in Britain to meet with Chief Whip

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has arrived back in Britain after her appearance on ITV'1's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

The backbench MP has been heavily criticised for travelling to Australia to take part in the ITV jungle survival show while the Commons was sitting.

Nadine Dorries
Nadine Dorries arrives back in Britain after her appearance on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

She is now expected to meet with Tory Chief Whip Sir George Young who suspended the party whip, and summoned her to explain her actions.

But Ms Dorries denied she was about to have such a meeting, and added: "The Press are giving the impression the whip has been withdrawn. It hasn't."

A source close to Sir George told the Press Association that Ms Dorries had been "very clearly" informed in a letter that she was suspended pending their meeting.

That meeting is expected to happen "soon", according to the source.