Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael wins Tweet of the Day

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:

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 was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from May 2007 to Jan 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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  • Tracy Connell 6th Nov '12 - 8:47am

    Perhaps she could redeem herself by giving any money she gets to charity?

  • I don’t like Nadine, I think she was appalling when she appeared on channel 4 Tower block of commons. The show in which she cheated. She smuggled a £50 note in her Bra when she was supposed to be “surviving” on just benefits for a week. She took the place of Ian Duncan Smith, who was supposed to be appearing on the show, but due to personal reasons, dropped out, rather convenient for the Welfare Minister some might say.

    Despite all that, Nadine is a clap trap and can not hold her tongue, she will end up bad mouthing Osbourne and Cameron, which will be heard by the Millions who tune into watch I’m a celebrity get me out of here every day, and for me that has to a good thing.
    The more these elite bullingdon club bullies are exposed on air the better, not just for Labour and Liberal leaning voters, but the country as a whole.

    In saying that, I do think Nadine is letting parliament down along with her constituents by not being able to represent them during this time, and she should either forgo her months salary during this period or donate whatever gains she gets from appearing on the show to charity.

    But all in all, there positives to be seen from Nadine appearing on this show, including the prospect of seeing her eat a Kangaroo’s arsehole.

  • Tony Dawson 6th Nov '12 - 12:13pm

    @Dave Page :
    No, Nadine managed to keep her seat in 2010…

    …….but did not keep her seat to herself?

  • Well, Lembit Opik certainly enjoyed the LibDem chief whip’s attempt at a joke (courtesy of the late Lloyd Bentsen).

    Emboldened by this endorsement he embarrassingly tweeted, “Good on Nadine Dorries for the jungle if she’s really going in. Go gal!” before suggesting, as an afterthought, that her absence from the Commons was the real reason for his enthusiasm.

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