Is it right for MPs to take part in reality TV shows?

Ever since it has been revealed that Conservative MP who represents Mid Bedfordshire Nadine Dorries has decided to take part in ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’, she has been slammed by criticism. Is it wrong for an MP to take part in reality TV shows? I think so. Can you really call a politician a ‘celebrity’ as such? Dorries is hardly your average Kerry Katona’s.

It is perhaps embarrassing to the Commons and of course to the Tories. She will be the first current Member of Parliament to go into the jungle. Former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik took part in the series in 2010 after he lost his seat but that was considered not a problem.

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010 and another ex Tory Edwina Currie took part on Strictly in 2011. Maybe they can be excused for that as they were not in Parliament at that time, however, Nadine Dorries is a current MP and that is striking up a rather big dispute against other Members of Parliament.

Reality TV bosses like to chase the oh-so-serious people like politicians because it is entertaining to the public – seeing a different, less serious side to them. Nadine Dorries in known for her feistiness in politics and has got a lot of passion for certain issues such as the abortion limit. ITV have certainly picked the right person to anger a lot of people every night for the next few weeks.

However, fellow Tories are not conforming to the news at all. Home Secretary Theresa May spoke out about Dorriers going into the jungle and said, “Frankly, I think an MP’s job is in their constituency and in the House of Commons.” Too right it is.

Prime Minister David Cameron on the other hand failed to come up with constructive view, however given his reaction; he also does not seem to adhere to the idea. “Nadine Dorries can speak for herself on this issue.” That is all we get from Cameron.

Celebrities go into the jungle or any other reality TV shows for many reasons. The main one being to raise their profile. There is a catch. Dorries is going into the jungle for a political reason with a political mind. She claims she wants to persuade the viewers to review the current abortion limit of 24 weeks. “I’m doing the show because 16 million people watch it. Rather than MPs talking to other MPs about issues in Parliament, I think MPs should be going to where people go. I’m not going in there to upset people, but I have opinions. There are certain causes that I’m interested in, one of which is ’20 Weeks’. I will be talking about this issue around the campfire. I hope there will be some lively, heated debates.”

Is that how politics works these days?

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