The new series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off last night, with the contestants talking rats, monster-sized tarantulas – and politics.
Split into two teams, the celebrities were taken to a barren island and instructed to race each other to the other side, where a helicopter would take the winners off for one last night of luxury.
MP Nadine Dorries’ defeated team, which included actor Colin Baker, darts champion Eric Bristow, reality TV star Hugo Taylor and former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, were forced to get used to outdoor life one night early.
On her arrival at the camp the next morning, Ms Dorries, who has been unaware of the furore over her appearance on the ITV show because contestants are not allowed any communication with the outside world, expressed confusion over the sleeping arrangements when she noticed a set of groundsheets.
She said: “Where do the beds go? I thought there were hammocks.”
The controversial politician went on to admit she felt “worn out” after delegating duties to her camp-mates, one of which was emptying the camp toilet.
“We have to empty the toilet out with our hands,” she said.
Made in Chelsea star Taylor was quick to strike up a political debate with Ms Dorries, and the pair discussed the difficulties politicians face in trying to reach a wide audience, with the Tory MP hitting out at her colleagues. “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.”