Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Jungle stars talk rats and politics

Nadine Dorries and her team were forced to get used to outdoor life one night early

The new series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! has kicked off 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.

Hugo described the experience as "the weirdest camping holiday I've ever been on", while Colin said he "wasn't expecting to sleep on the floor which is probably full of 19ft tarantulas".

On her arrival at the camp the next morning, MP Nadine, 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 we were up off the ground. I thought there were hammocks."

Made In Chelsea star Hugo was quick to strike up a political debate with her, and the pair discussed the difficulties politicians face in trying to reach a wide audience, with the Tory MP hitting out at her colleagues.

She said: "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."

Having swapped Westminster for the jungle, Nadine added: "That's one of the reasons why I'm here. Sixteen million people watching this show. That's how politics should be."

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