Tory MP’s ‘Celeb’ earnings revealed

Nadine Dorries MP.
Nadine Dorries MP.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries received less than £7,000 for her appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

The payment was revealed in the latest Register of Members’ Interests which showed she also earned £13,268 for TV appearances, interviews and photoshoots associated with her I’m A Celebrity appearance, totalling an additional ten days of work.

For the show itself in November last year, the Mid Beds MP received £6,960 for 12 days of work.

On her personal blog, Ms Dorries wrote: “One advantage of my own outside earnings is that they can be used to help subsidise my parliamentary work. I now no longer claim personal expenses from the taxpayer. I pay for my own Westminster accommodation when Parliament is sitting, my own constituency home and make no claims for travel, food etc. My position on expenses remains unaltered, they should be abolished and until they are the British public will have no faith in politicians.”

The MP was suspended by the Conservative Party for her appearance on the ITV reality show but had the whip restored in May this year amid fears she was going to defect to UKIP.

In total her earnings listed came to £129,558 and included payments from national newspapers for articles and public appearances on shows such as The Chase and Have I Got News For You.

She also received a £75,000 initial payment for her trio of books about life in 1950s Liverpool, the first of which is due out in April next year.