In a demonstration of democracy in action, the MP Nadine Dorries has become the first contestant to be voted off of ITV's I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.
The politician claimed to have expected eviction from the jungle camp when the outcome of the vote was announced by presenters Ant and Dec.
"I'm not disappointed at being the first, especially when you're starving. I kind of expected it," she said.
"It's been a fascinating experience. I actually came here self-important for a few days, but I'm not now."
The MP for Mid Bedfordshire said she decided to take part in the reality TV show to get her controversial views on issues such as abortion across to the wider public. But if that was the case, she appears not to have won them over.
Her unpopularity with the public was clearly evident in viewers' repeatedly voting for her to undergo bushtucker trials, eating a range of gruesome delicacies including a camel's toe, an ostrich's anus and some cattle genitals, which the Sun recorded with the headline "GO NAD!".
Dorries was suspended from the Conservative party by the chief whip, Sir George Young, five days before the reality show went on air, when it emerged she had flown to Australia to be one of the contestants, apparently without seeking permission. Her local Conservative association said it had also been kept in the dark. The former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has denied claims made by a daughter of Dorries that he gave permission to take a month away from parliament to appear on the programme.
Press material released by ITV before the series began on 11 November stated that Dorries "didn't tell any of her fellow politicians" before she flew out to Australia, and quoted her as saying she expected a backlash.
The MP mused that David Cameron would be relieved she was going away because she was a "thorn in his side".
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