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Nadine Dorries To Give MP Salary To Charity
Nadine Dorries is giving the money she earns as an MP while she is on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here to charity.
The MP defended her decision to go on the ITV show, insisting her involvement is a "publicity gift" and chance to communicate with 16 million people.
Writing on the Conservativehome website, Ms Dorries argued that "more people watch the X Factor final than voted in the general election" so the realm of reality TV is "where politicians need to be too".
After pressure over her MP's salary, she pledged to give what she earns from her job while on the programme to children's charities in her constituency.
The MP for Mid Bedfordshire has drawn widespread criticism for swapping her parliamentary duties for the Australian reality TV jungle, and has been suspended by her party while she is away.
Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the decision by Chief Whip Sir George Young to suspend her and said Ms Dorries had not informed him she was taking part in the ITV show.
But in her column - which was submitted a week ago, the politician insisted she had told the Whips Office that she would be away for up to a month.
She also claimed that although she may have to eat a kangaroo's testicle, she could also have the opportunity to talk about abortion time limits or "big up Boris".
"Do people understand why I am in a jungle, eating only three handfuls of rice a day with a few beans thrown in?," she wrote.
"I think many may have guessed that I am a bit of an anti-politics politician... I believe that we politicians need to spend less time talking to each other and more time talking to people."
She continued: "An audience of 16 million people for the first and last show and 12 million per show is a very large audience. In the world of messaging, it's huge.
"It would have been mad to have refused... The majority of people don't look to Westminster and they don't buy newspapers, as the distribution figures show us.
"They do however surf the net, watch popular TV and engage with reality shows. If that is where 16 million people are, it's where politicians need to be too."
She admitted that she did not expect to be in the jungle for very long.
And in a parting shot she said: "Whilst the half-term recess is under way, I will be working with rats and snakes in a jungle. It's not really very different from Westminster after all."
The I'm A Celebrity contestants entered the jungle on Sunday. Split into two teams, they had to race each other to win one last night of luxury.
Ms Dorries and her team lost and were forced to get used to outdoor life one night early.
She and Made in Chelsea's Hugo Taylor were quick to get into a debate, discussing how politicians struggle to reach a wider audience.
And Ms Dorries wasted no time in hitting out at her colleagues, saying: "In Westminster, politicians really have to crack out of this fusty, old-fashioned impression everybody has.
"They think everybody lives in landed estates: everybody's out of touch with real people.
"I think MPs have really got a responsibility - given all the bad press we've had recently - to get out of Westminster and communicate with people on a different level."
The politician and soap star Helen Flanagan found themselves the first picked by the public to take part in a bushtucker trial and will endure a Bug Burial tonight.
what do you think?
Surely her salary should be stopped automaticaly im sure mine would be if i dissapeared for a month.
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Surely the money should be staying in the country's coffers? She will not be earning anything while she is away so is it hers to give? I am sure we all wish our "politicians" to be just that, and not kangaroo's testicle eating "entertainers" !
Right, so she get's 40k for appearing, yet offers up less than 7k for bunking off her job? Sack her
They edited out all of that bird's underwear 'range' from one of the previous year's footage, they're hardly going to let some MP have an un-challenged say on primetime TV Perhaps next year they should just send MPs and let them fight it out
She is paid by the taxpayer lets not forget it. Who in industry or the civil service for that matter can take off for a months jolly, unrelated to her job, and still expect to be paid. Give her unpaid leave that is the norm. Not sure about getting political gain, she has not stopped moaning her her lot in the 'woods', poor thing!!!!
Yes I totally agree, she should not receive any salary for going off on a jolly (which of course lot's of MP's do). Remembering that we, the tax payer pay her salary and we should have the right to make that decision whether she should be paid or not!
I don't think her salary will be anywhere near what she will earn to appear on the show and the amount she will make doing interview etc. This 'do gooder' persona doesn't wash with me.
so nadine dorries is going to address pressing issues affecting the u.k. via i'm a celebrity. the only people that would believe such a lame excuse are the very viewers of the show. why does she not donate her fee for appearing in the show plus all the extra income she will amass via this publicity stunt? the figure will, no doubt, be multiples of a few weeks of m.p's salary.
She's just trying to sell Boris as the next pm! Pathetic!
So let's try and work this out, Appearance fee for "I'm a Celebrity" - approx £40,000 One months salary as and MP - approx £5,500 Deduct £5,500 from £40,000 - that leaves approx £34,500 for Ms Dorries. You aint fooling anybody lady...........................
Im certain of one thing, after all the appearance fee ITV will be paying her they will make sure she is the last to be evicted they do it every time At the moment she is the most hated person who the public pay wages to, she will be voted out at every round but will finish triumphant. The chavs are just throwing away their call charges.
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Can we give Nadine Dorries to charity?
Giving her MP's salary to charity does not mend the issue! She undertook to work as an MP. She is employed by us and is beholden to her constituents needs. Even during a Parliamentary recess, MP's usually have matters to attend to. If she was ill, different matter, but if she is allowed to get away with this, how many other MP's are doing similar unconnected things? "Oh, I'm only travelling on this cruise ship because I want to connect with people", etc., etc. We need to reform the Parliamentary system to make it more responsible, transparent and efficient.
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This woman obviously wants to be a TV star and not a MP. Sack her immediately and let's try to gets some MPs who can and want to do the job