Dugdale: Scottish Labour’s disappointment after joining ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here?

The decision to suspend Kezia Dugdale from Scottish Labour could be decided today when the party group hold their weekly meeting at Holyrood.

Last week it was announced that MSP Kezia Dugdale would be a contestant on the latest series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here with her first appearance expected to be broadcast later this week.

Dugdale in hot water over latest venture. Photograph: Herald Scotland.

The Labour MSP has confirmed that the salary she receives for being MSP will be given to charity while she is away filming in Australia but it is unconfirmed if she will also be donating the tens of thousands she is expected to receive from starring on the show.

Dugdale’s foray into the world of reality television just months after she stepped down as leader of Scottish Labour has split the party. It was revealed by the new Scottish party leader, Richard Leonard, that Dugdale failed to gain permission from party chiefs to join the show and that he was personally disappointed.

Former Labour leader, MSP Neil Findlay, also voiced his displeasure described her decision as “utterly ludicrous”.

Dugdale’s partner and Scottish National Party MSP, Jenny Gilruth accused the Labour party of bullying tweeting her opinions.

 

Tory MP, Nadine Dorris, who was previously suspended from her party after joining the same show in 2012 also took to twitter to show her support.

 

What is more important is how this will affect the residents of Lothian who are represented by Dugdale. Three weeks is a long time to leave your constituents and considering the reputation of the show voters may begin to look elsewhere for representation.


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