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20 November 2012, 10:57
A South Wales MP claims he's been asked for help by a Mid Bedfordshire constituent while Nadine Dorries is on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
Huw Irranca-Davies (right), who is the Labour MP for Ogmore, says he's received a letter from someone unhappy Ms Dorries, 55, has taken a month off Parliament to appear on the reality TV show.
Mr Irranca-Davies asked House of Commons Speaker John Bercow on Monday 19 November 2012 whether Ms Dorries had "left a forwarding address in the jungle."
He said: "As a Member of Parliament in this place I sometimes do get tired with the endless sniping and back biting and being surrounded by rats and snakes and even cockroaches, so I've given up on my viewing of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here.
"But I've now received a letter from a constituent of another honourable member which begins, 'May I apologise for writing to you rather than my own constituency MP, but living in Mid-Bedfordshire, I do not seem to have an MP at the moment'.
"Mr Speaker, what advice can you offer, or perhaps the honourable lady has left a forwarding address in the jungle with you?''
Mr Bercow replied: "Well I'm grateful to him for his point of order. My advice to him is that he should begin by contacting members representing neighbouring constituencies to Mid-Bedfordshire to ascertain whether any of those honourable members feels able to provide assistance.''
Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries outraged many Conservative colleagues when she flew off to Australia without apparently seeking permission from the party or informing her local Conservative Association.
She had the Tory whip suspended as a result and faces a meeting with chief whip Sir George Young when she returns, to decide whether she will be readmitted to the party benches.