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Edwina Currie joins I'm A Celebrity

Former Conservative minister Edwina Currie is set for a move to the jungle as one of the contestants of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The 68-year-old, who has previously appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Wife Swap, will join the celebrity line-up late alongside X Factor's Jake Quickenden, the Sun reported.

Edwina, who famously had a four-year affair with former prime minister Sir John Major, is joining the show despite lashing out at Conservative MP Nadine Dorries two years ago for taking part.

She reportedly said: "This programme is about ritual humiliation.

"You're doing 80 hour weeks as an MP. If you care about your constituents and regard being an MP as an important and privileged job you wouldn't do it."

TV presenter Melanie Sykes, Coronation Street star Craig Charles and The Only Way Is Essex's Gemma Collins are among the stars entering the jungle this year.

They have been joined by veteran newsreader Michael Buerk, whose coverage of the 1984 Ethiopian famine inspired the Band Aid charity record.

On his arrival in the jungle by speedboat, viewers will see Michael warn he is not a fan of celebrity culture.

But he soon finds himself being taught a rap handshake by Mobo award winning artist Tinchy Stryder and is shown how to twerk by former Playboy star Kendra Wilkinson.

Kendra, 29, decides to teach the reporter some moves after enjoying a cocktail.

She says: "We should do some shots and get this party going, let's twerk or something, pick up your pants Michael to loosen them."

She then shows the newsreader how to twerk, to which Michael says: "Oh right, it's a bit similar to belly dancing."

Kendra replies: "Yes, but with your arse!"

But the unimpressed reporter appears more interested in a fly he was brushing off his arm than the dance craze. Turning the other way, he says: "Maybe when I know you all better."

In a twist to the show, producers have split the contestants into two groups and viewers have been voting to give one group the chance to have a final night of luxury, while the other is thrown straight into the jungle.

Gemma describes herself as a drama queen and true to form she bursts into tears while sitting in the helicopter awaiting take-off.

As the chopper begins accelerating, she begins crying and, with mascara running down her cheeks begs to be let off.

She pleads: "Can you stop a minute please, I'm serious just stop, I need to get out, seriously I'm going to be sick, I can't do it, no way."

Among the other celebrities is former 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle, who says: "I'm there for the older woman, we're still good and we can still do it darlings!."

Fellow contestant and superbike champion Carl Fogarty says he was worried about spending so long with only celebrities for company.

He says: "Just being with other so-called celebrities is going to be a really hard challenge for me. I don't really like other people and the worse kind of celebrity for me is someone who hasn't really done anything, just famous for being in the reality TV shows."

Other contestants include Irish model Nadia Forde and former footballer Jimmy Bullard.

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