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  • 7 November 2012, 20:22

Dorries Makes Dig At PM As She Enters Jungle

Suspended Tory MP Nadine Dorries has apparently taken a swipe at David Cameron as she entered the jungle for ITV1's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

She was asked what behaviour she would not tolerate from her fellow contestants and responded: "I do not like arrogant people who think they are born to rule."

Her comment revived memories of her infamous description of the Prime Minister and Chancellor George Osborne as "arrogant posh boys".

She will be summoned to meet Conservative chief whip Sir George Young on her return to the UK, to discuss whether she will have the Tory whip restored.

Mrs Dorries, who admitted being a "thorn in Mr Cameron's side", flew out to Australia without telling her Conservative Party colleagues she was to be a contestant on the show for up to a month.

She justified her absence by saying it would help voters see a new side to politicians - and unlike some colleagues, she had never previously taken a week away during parliamentary time.

"I haven't even had time to watch the show," she said of the previous series. "And so I definitely don't have a game plan. I just want to be myself."

The 55-year-old's constituency chairman said a special meeting of Conservative Association members in Mid Bedfordshire would be called to decide whether any action should be taken against her.

But her suspension was branded "loony" by former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Fit Club.

Miss Widdecombe said it made Tory whips look heavy-handed and could backfire on the Conservative Party if the MP proves popular with millions of viewers.

"If Nadine does get it right out there, they have got themselves into a very silly situation," Miss Widdecombe told BBC Radio 4.

"Why on earth couldn't they have said it is a matter between Dorries and her constituents and left it at that? Silly, silly idiots."

Mrs Dorries will be joined in the jungle by Colin Baker, Eric Bristow, Charlie Brooks, Brian Conley, David Haye, Helen Flanagan, Ashley Roberts, Linda Robson and Hugo Taylor. The new series starts on Sunday.