Nadine Dorries suns herself at a luxury Gold Coast hotel. Pic: The Sun, London
IT'S a British invasion of a different kind.
The Gold Coast is centre of attention in Britain as the tabloid press scrambles to track down British Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who is holed up in a luxury hotel on the Glitter Strip.
The Tory MP, who was snapped sunbaking topless by a hotel pool on the Coast this week, is in hot water after flying to Australia to participate in the 12th series of the popular UK reality TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here filmed in the rainforest near Murwillumbah.
The story made headlines in Britain after Ms Dorries was dumped from the ruling Conservative Party on Wednesday amid criticism of her decision to be in the show and miss several crucial Parliament sitting days.
The show's 10 celebrities -- including Coronation Street's Helen Flanagan, Eastenders star Charlie Brooks, former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and veteran actor Linda Robson, who played Tracey in Birds of a Feather -- have all flown into town ready for filming to begin over the weekend.
The first episode is due to shown in the UK on Sunday night.
Ms Dorries, who pulled out of scheduled media interviews with the British press yesterday, remained holed up in her hotel and made no public comment. But according to a show insider, the 55-year-old MP had been told of developments back home.
"She's aware she is of some news interest at home," the source said.
Snapped sunning herself poolside in Surfers Paradise, Ms Dorries faces the prospect of being de-selected before the next election after failing to tell her colleagues she was skipping Parliament and at least two crucial Budget votes in the House to take part in the show.
Her absence could run for a month while she continues to collect her basic salary of $100,000 a year as well as an appearance fee of up to $60,000.
The issue has caused a storm in her electorate, with constituents declaring she should be looking after their interests from Westminster not Australia.
But as she entered the show set she did predict her appearance was likely to cause a stir.
"I know there will be a backlash that I am going on this show, but I would like to point out that I have never before taken a week away in Parliamentary time, whereas a lot of other MPs have," she said.
Many are predicting that when Ms Dorries leaves the jungle and reads about the demise of her party political career she is likely join the independents.
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