Scottish politician Kezia Dugdale ‘to appear on I’m a Celebrity’

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is reportedly joining Jennie McAlpine, Amir Khan and Vanessa White in the jungle.

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is to appear on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, according to reports.

The Member of Scottish Parliament will reportedly head to Australia to take part in the series, which begins on ITV tomorrow.

She will join the likes of boxer Amir Khan, Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley and Saturdays singer Vanessa White in the jungle for the reality show.

Ms Dugdale resigned as leader in August after taking on the role in the wake of the 2015 general election.

Her shock resignation sparked a leadership contest with the results due to be announced on Saturday.

Media reports of her participation in the show have drawn criticism and surprised reactions from other politicians, while some called for her to resign from the party.

Labour MSP Jenny Marra tweeted: “Election to parliament is a privilege to serve and represent people. It’s not a shortcut to celebrity.”

SNP MSP James Dornan added: “We all accept the new @scottishlabour leader is going to be a disaster but surely this is still a bit extreme Kezia.”

When she resigned in August Ms Dugdale said she left the party “in better shape than I found it” and that the party needed a new leader with “fresh energy, drive and a new mandate” to take the party into the next Holyrood elections in four years’ time.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted Ms Dugdale should not be suspended from the party. He told the Press Association: “It’s her choice to go on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, I don’t think it’s appropriate to suspend someone from the party for doing that, that’s her choice.”

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! starts on ITV1 tomorrow.

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