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Chief Whip Requests Meeting With Nadine Dorries
Nadine Dorries has been asked to attend a meeting with the Chief Whip following her appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.
The MP for Mid-Bedfordshire was suspended from the Conservative Party earlier this month after agreeing to take part in the ITV show, amid concerns she would not be able to carry out her constituency duties while in Australia.
Sir George Young, whose job it is as Chief Whip to administer party discipline, has put in a request for her to attend a meeting now that she has been evicted from the jungle.
The Prime Minister supported the decision to suspend her and said then: "When she gets back from the jungle, she can explain what she's been up to and why."
Ms Dorries, who is understood to have received a £40,000 payment for her appearance, has been a source of annoyance to the Tory leadership for some months.
She publicly upbraided David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne for being "arrogant, out of touch posh boys" who didn't know the price of bread.
The controversial MP, who has been nicknamed "Mad Nad", was the first contestant to be voted off the show after being in the jungle for 12 days.
If her suspension were to continue until nearer the next general election, due in 2015, she would be unable to defend her leafy suburban seat, where she had a healthy majority of 15,152 at the last election.