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Saturday 20 September 2014

Tory MP Mordaunt flops in Splash!

Tory MP Penny Mordaunt crashed out of Splash!

There was disappointment at the pool and at the polls for MP Penny Mordaunt as she crashed out of ITV diving competition Splash! in spectacular style.

The 40-year-old MP, recently voted Parliament's sexiest elected member, took on the trickiest dive of the night.

But she mistimed her back somersault from 7.5m - twice - leaving reality television regular Dan Osborne and model Danielle Lloyd to sail through.

Co-presenter Tom Daley warned of "a night of daring dives", and the show did not disappoint as contestants performed somersaults and challenged their fears.

And there were plenty of gasps as Mordaunt went for a fiendishly difficult dive from height.

But the MP for Portsmouth North, wearing a sparkling red one-piece, overcooked her entry and smacked the water.

Judges commended her have-a-go attitude but said the execution fell short.

Olympic medallist Daley offered some words of consolation, however, adding: "It's a scary dive, so hard to control. If you asked a professional to do it, so many would tell you where to go."

ITV dipped into its pool of home-grown reality television personalities to recruit new father Osborne for the third heat, and he wowed the judges with a back somersault from 10m to take first place in the competition.

Judge Andy Banks said: "It was the best-controlled dive we have seen all night."

But fellow panellist Leon Taylor was less impressed: "You looked like a bad guy being thrown out of a plane in a James Bond movie."

Osborne and Lloyd join TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Diversity dancer Perri Kiely, Boyzone singer Keith Duffy and children's TV presenter Anna Williamson in the semi-finals.

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