'I wouldn't care if a python swallowed Nadine Dorries: Kent MP Gordon Henderson enters I'm A Celebrity row
by Hayley Robinson
A Kent MP has slammed Tory colleague Nadine Dorries – saying he
wouldn't be fussed if she was attacked by a snake and never came
back to Westminster.
Gordon Henderson, who represents Sittingbourne and
Sheerness, was quizzed about her appearing on I'm A Celebrity...
Get Me Out of Here! at a youth surgery at Sittingbourne Baptist
Mr Henderson said: "I don't approve of what she's doing. I think
Members of Parliament are elected to represent their constituents
and you can't do that from a jungle in Australia.
"If she was swallowed by a python and never came back to
Westminster I wouldn't lose too much sleep over it.
"If she wanted to connect with people she should have talked to
people face-to-face. I dodn't have to go to Australia to do
Mid-Bedfordshire representative Ms Dorries is the
first sitting MP to appear on the ITV show.
She claimed she wants to raise awareness of issues. But the
Conservative party said it is concerned about her inability to do
parliamentary and constituency business while taking part in the
programme as she could be away from her job in the Commons for up
to a month.
When she returns from Australia, Ms Dorries will
meet the chief whip to explain herself.
About 40 pupils from Fulston, Highsted,
Borden, The Westlands and the Swale Skills Centre attended the
Other matters raised during the meeting included issues such as
homelessness, university fees and the conflict between Israel and
Local matters included the cost of public transport for those
who rely on bus services to get to and from school.
Mr Henderson, pictured left, added: "Whenever you connect
with a group of your constituents it's always as success.
"The more I meet with them the more they understand their MP is
there for them and willing to listen.
"Many switch off from politics because they think nobody listens
to them but that's not the case."
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