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  • 12 November 2012, 22:17

MP's Campmates Go Hungry In The Jungle

Controversial Tory MP Nadine Dorries and actress Helen Flanagan both failed to win food for their teams after freaking out during a bug challenge in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The pair went head-to-head after the public voted for them to face the Bushtucker Trial of being locked in two underground crates and having insects including maggots, crickets and cockroaches dumped on them.

After 10 minutes, an allen key would drop into the crate and the first to escape by undoing all three bolts would win dinner for their camp.

Wearing goggles, shirts and shorts, the pair nervously stepped into their respective crates.

But after seconds, Flanagan shouted: "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" and she was helped out of hers.

Two minutes later, 3,000 cockroaches joined the maggots in Dorries' crate, prompting her to complain that something was nipping her knee.

More maggots were dropped in and as she covered her face with her hand, she said: "You're going to bury me if you put any more in."

Next, 5,000 crickets joined her - and again she said that something was biting her as the insects crawled over her body.

She lasted four minutes, less than half the time of the challenge, before being released.

Afterwards Dorries, 55, said: "That was possibly the most horrific thing I've ever done in my life.

"It stopped for me when something started biting my leg.

"It was biting and hurting and in my mind and imagination it was a rat gnawing into my flesh but when I came away there were just two bite marks on my skin but in there it was a rat having me for dinner.

Flanagan, best known for playing Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, sobbed after the trial and said: "I'm really struggling.

"I've even been thinking of going because I just don't know if I can hack it."

She broke down in tears even before reaching camp after having to clamber on a rope bridge high above the jungle canopy.

Dorries, the Conservative member for Mid Bedfordshire, has said she is donating her MP's salary while she is in the jungle to charity.

She has caused controversy for agreeing to appear in the show - she will be away from her constituency for at least a month and has been suspended by the party.

She insists her participation will give her a chance to communicate with millions of people who would otherwise not be interested in politics.