Nadine Dorries

Mark Coles profiles the controversial Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who has been suspended from her party for taking part in the reality TV show "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here".

Dorries - a self-proclaimed council estate Scouser not afraid of speaking her mind - left school with few qualifications but went on to become a hospital nurse before setting up a successful company providing childcare services to working parents. Then she astonished her mother by entering politics.

In the House of Commons Dorries has clashed with the Opposition and many within her own party over the issues of abortion and sex education. She has sparred with David Cameron, who she regards as a "posh boy", and been criticised - even by those who like her - of being too outspoken.

According to Ian Birrell, a former Cameron speechwriter, the celebrity jungle will make or break Dorries.

"She'll either do very very well at getting across the fact she is unusual for a politician," he says, "or she will rub everyone up the wrong way and be ejected within about 20 seconds. She will be a great success or a great failure - which I think is possibly the story of Nadine.".

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