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27 November 2012, 12:23
Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries has had a 15-minute meeting with the government's Chief Whip, to explain why she went on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.
The 55 year old says she will learn next week whether she will be allowed back into the Conservative Party following her appearance on the ITV reality show.
The MP, who returned from Australia on Monday, said she had had a "good-natured'' meeting with Government Chief Whip Sir George Young on Tuesday 27 November 2012, after arriving back in Britain on Monday 26 November (pictured).
Ms Dorries also said their talks had been adjourned and would resume next week.
She expressed confidence that the party whip - which was suspended by Sir George after she left the country to appear on the show - would be restored.
"I think we will be fine with the whip,'' she said.
"We had a very good-natured, a very happy meeting. We have adjourned the meeting and we are reconvening this time next week, if not before.''
Ms Dorries, who will not be able to stand again as a Tory candidate unless she regains the whip, insisted that she wanted to carry on in Parliament.
"Of course I want to be an MP,'' she said.
"An MP is not doing a job, it is a life choice. If I didn't want to make that life choice I wouldn't be doing it, I can assure you.''