Here’s the Lib Dem chief whip, Alistair Carmichael, responding to this morning’s bombshell news that Tory MP Nadine Dorries has signed up to take part in the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Ge Me Out Of Here:
Nadine Dorries, I served with Lembit Opik, I knew Lembit Opik, Let me tell you, Nadine Dorries, you are no Lembit Opik.
— Alistair Carmichael (@acarmichaelmp) November 6, 2012
Here’s a brief reminder of how Lembit’s spell on the show finished up: ‘I didn’t want this to end': Lembit Opik becomes the second star to be evicted from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Interestingly, Nadine’s dalliance with C-list fame has earned her little kudos from The Sun’s political editor, Tom Newton Dunn:
MAD Nad has a whole lot of questions to answer today, because she has sparked a serious democratic problem. Besides missing the December 5 mini budget, who will represent her constituents for a month now she has flounced off to the other side of the world? Dorries has also prompted questions for her boss David Cameron. Did he give her permission? If not, can he really allow her to keep the Tory whip?
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.