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  • 22 November 2012, 8:51

Tory MP Nadine Dorries Voted Out Of Jungle

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has become the first person to be evicted from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after 12 days in the jungle.

Ms Dorries, who was suspended from the party for going on the ITV show, was voted out by members of the public.

Learning of her eviction, she told hosts Ant and Dec it had been a "fascinating experience".

She said: "I actually came here self-important for a few days - but I'm not now.

"I needed that missile and I think all MPs need that. I came from a council estate and never thought I was like that, but I was. I'm not now."

When asked if she felt she had achieved her aim in raising awareness of issues, she said: "I don't know what people have seen, but I have had some fascinating conversations in there. It's been a fascinating experience.

"I think it is important that MPs realise that you need to go where the public go. More people vote on X Factor and I'm A Celebrity than they do in the general elections. MPs need to go where people vote."

The Mid Bedfordshire MP predicted David Haye would be the eventual winner, with Helen Flanagan and Eric Bristow making up the final three. She said she had guessed she would be the first to go.

She said: "I'm not disappointed at being the first, especially when you're starving. I kind of expected it actually. I don't think the public actually understand how hard and how difficult it is down there.

"The effect it has on your body when you're down there with three teaspoons of rice a day is hard, hard, hard."

Ms Dorries was suspended as a Tory MP after flying to the jungle without permission from David Cameron or informing senior Conservative Party officials.

Her decision to take part in the show angered colleagues and constituents, but she insisted she would use it as a platform to promote politics and engage the electorate.

Before going on I'm A Celebrity, she said "It can't be that hard", but then went on to fail three challenges.

Asked if she regretted those words, she replied: "There's like this massive adrenaline rush and your brain's screaming 'no' and you have to overcome it, but sometimes I can't."

On eating lamb's testicle and ostrich anus, she said: "I would never have thought I would eat any of those things in a million years."

Ms Dorries is to donate her MP's salary to charity for the period in which she appeared on the show.

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