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Nadine Dorries: Cameron Backs MP's Suspension
David Cameron has warned Nadine Dorries that she should be representing her constituents instead of appearing on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The Prime Minister backed the Tory Chief Whip's decision to suspend the outspoken MP after her decision to take part in the reality show.
He also refused to say that the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire would be restored as a Conservative once she has finished filming in Australia.
"When she gets back from the jungle, she can explain what she's been up to and why," he said on ITV's This Morning.
"The Chief Whip made the very sensible decision, saying 'look, you should be either in Parliament or representing your constituents' and so therefore the Conservative whip has been suspended, she's no longer a Conservative MP while this is going on," he said.
"I want Conservative MPs in the House of Commons doing things that the Conservative Party and the country supports - demonstrating how we are going to get on the side of hard-working people, freeze the council tax, help people with their bills, get the economy to recover, that's what we should be doing."
Ms Dorries, who is rumoured to have received a £40,000 for going on the programme, has gained a higher profile after calling Mr Cameron and George Osborne "arrogant posh boys".
The Prime Minister admits the pair have had "some run-ins" but insists this has not coloured his view on her involvement in the ITV show.
He dismissed the suggestion that she has been treated more harshly than the former Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, who was allowed to cling to his jobs for weeks after rowing with a policeman.
"I think the two cases are quite different. If you are in the Australian jungle you can't really be representing your constituents either in Bedfordshire or Parliament," Mr Cameron said.
Ms Dorries is unaware of the furore about her appearance on the show because contestants are cut off from the outside world.
The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner John Lyon is also considering a complaint against her over her participation in the show and will decide soon if it warrants an investigation.
Separately, her constituency Conservative Association is planning a special members' meeting to discuss her future.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also joined the criticism, saying earlier on Thursday: "I think we would rather have her in the House of Commons to be honest."
Told that some believed it was a good move for her, he added: "Well I don't agree. A lot of people are very worried about it. And I think we want MPs where they should be, voting in the House of Commons."
There has been some speculation in Westminster that Ms Dorries, who has become a prominent Government critic, could defect to the UK Independence Party when she returns to the UK.