I'm a Celebrity: Controversial Conservative MP Nadine Dorries' top moments
As the Tory MP jets off to the Australian jungle, we look back at her greatest hits
Tory MP Nadine Dorries is going to swap her constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire for the Australian jungle as she joins ITV’s reality show “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here”!
She’s not resigning as MP either, somehow representing her constituents from half-way across the world.
But this TV news isn’t a bolt from the blue for the infamously independent MP, nicknamed “Mad Nad”.
Just look back to her greatest hits…
Cameron and Osborne? Two arrogant posh boys!
Earlier this year, the maverick MP branded prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne as “two arrogant posh boys” with “no passion to understand the lives of others”.
This comes after describing them to the Financial Times as “two public school boys who don’t know what it’s like to go to the supermarket and have to put things back on the shelves because they can’t afford it for their children’s lunch boxes”.
Osborne? He’s a pernicious influence!
Osborne isn’t Dorries’ man of the year it’d appear, after she told the Huffington Post UK that he should be sacked and was a “pernicious influence” on Cameron and the Tories.
Dorries treads the Terrace for Tatler
Dorries ruffled a few feathers in Parliament’s old guard as she took part in a photoshoot for Tatler magazine…on Parliament’s MPs-only terrace.
Dorries’ bountiful bra
Dorries has previously been on reality TV before, in the form of Channel 4’s Tower Block of Commons, a show that challenged MPs to experience life living on benefits.
Hours after turning up at her flat, Dorries pulled out a cheeky £50 from her top (she protested it was to “get gifts for the family”).
A whole new twist on “benefits cheat”?
Dorries is “frustrated”, says PM
Cameron thinks Dorries is “extremely frustrated”? Meow.
Dorries vs. Mensch
Where did it all go wrong between Nadine Dorries and ex-Corby MP Louise Mensch?
After Mensch announced she was resigning as MP to spend more time with her family, Dorries took a swipe at her for being “void of principle”.
Mensch has returned fire this morning, attacking Dorries’ upcoming TV appearance on Twitter with “Ugh #nothanks. Nothing sadder than a politician, or ex-politician, on any of those shows”.
Dorries’ writing is “70% fiction”, says Dorries
It’s always awkward if you have to admit you get things wrong. For Dorries, she admitted officially that 70% of the things she writes on her blog are fiction with just 30% being fact.
She even added that she relied heavily on “poetic licence”, and “frequently replace[d] one place name/event/fact with another”.
All this just to settle how much time she spends in her constituency…
MPs’ Expenses? “Everyone fears a suicide”
In the heyday of the expenses scandal of 2009, Dorries warned that MPs were “beginning to crack”.
The pressure was “unbearable” on them, she warned.
“Everyone fears a suicide. If someone isn’t seen, offices are called and checked,” she added.
John Bercow? Not tough enough to be speaker
Dorries has not been much of a fan of House of Commons speaker John Bercow, not just for his attitude but even for his competency.
She has questioned his mental capability for the job, writing:
“His mystifying journey from the far Right to the Left after his marriage to a Labour activist begs the question of stability, as does his lack of almost a single friend on the Tory benches.”
If that isn’t enough, her personal life is tabloid-tastic
Dorries was accused of being a “marriage-wrecker” after starting a relationship with 55-year old John Butler, a devout Christian and married man.