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Dorries Jungle Permission Claim Denied
Fresh out of the jungle and MP Nadine Dorries is embroiled in a row with the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
Ms Dorries, who was the first person to be voted out of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, insists she was given permission by the disgraced former whip to take a month off.
But Andrew Mitchell, who resigned as the Conservative party whip last month after he was accused of swearing at the Downing Street police officers and calling them "plebs", denies her claims.
Speaking to ITV1's Daybreak, Ms Dorries said: "Andrew Mitchell asked me, because I can be quite rebellious, what he could do to keep me happy. I told him I would like a month away in November.
"He said that was fine. I didn't tell him what for because I couldn't, I was bound to confidentiality, but I did tell him what I was going to do would be quite controversial."
The Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire added: "I find it quite disappointing? that he's tried to be clever with words and saying that he didn't give me permission for the show.
"Now he didn't give me permission for the show, but he did give me permission to have the month away. It epitomises politicians."
But Sky's chief political correspondent Jon Craig has described Mr Mitchell as a "very angry man".
"I've just spoken to Andrew Mitchell who denies very strongly that claim by Nadine Dorries," he said.
"He says she neither sought permission to go, nor was it given. The first he knew that she'd gone was with the publicity surrounding the programme.
"He also told me that nor did she ask another whip called Robert Goodwill, who is the whip that MPs go to when they want a night off or a week off. Mr Mitchell is very cross this morning."
Mr Mitchell's replacement Sir George Young, who suspended Ms Dorries, has reportedly demanded that she goes to see him when she gets back.
Ms Dorries, who is donating her MP's salary for the period she was on the show to charity, said she had a "fascinating experience" on the programme.