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MP defends decision to appear on Splash!

A Conservative MP who will take to the diving board for ITV show Splash! has defended her decision to appear on reality TV.

Penny Mordaunt said the chance to appear in the show was "serendipity" as she was trying to raise funds for the renovation of a "dilapidated Lido" in her constituency of Portsmouth North when she was approached.

"Appearing in a swimsuit on a national television is more terrifying than going off a diving board!" the Tory backbencher told Daybreak.

MP Penny Mordaunt to donate Splash! fee to charity

Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt has said she will be donating her fee for appearing on Splash! to a charity in her constituency.

Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

She said "Not only is Splash! a great personal development experience but it also seemed like the perfect way to fund raise for a charity I’m very passionate about – the Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth which is being renovated by the community.

"I will be donating my fee for the programme to assist with the renovations. I have the elegance and drive of a paving slab, but my navy training has certainly given me the guts to take on the challenge head on.”

The MP will be appearing on the show alongside singer and musician Paul Young, model Danielle Lloyd, comedian Patrick Monahan and TOWIE star Dan Osbourne.