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I'm a Celeb Nadine Dorries "bitterly disappointed" with Tory backlash

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Eliminated I'm a Celebrity contestant Nadine Dorries has said that she is "bitterly disappointed" in David Cameron and other members of the Conservative party for condemning her participation in the show.

The MP was suspended by the Tory party after she was announced for the programme earlier this month, with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell later claiming that she hadn't been given permission to appear.

I'm a celebrity 13/11/12: Bushtucker Trial, Rotten Rhymes - Helen Flanagan and Nadine Dorries

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David Cameron appears on 'This Morning'

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Speaking after her exit from I'm a Celeb last night (November 21), Dorries noted that she made sure to get permission for time off over the period of I'm a Celebrity since she had "rebelled a number of times" against her party.

Addressing Mitchell's claims during an appearance on This Morning today, Dorries said: "Never in my seven and a half years as an MP [have I] taken any parliamentary time off and I actually worked throughout the summer recess and only had four days away.

"So I said, 'I would like to have November off, and I was going to do something controversial and that I couldn't tell him what it was', and he granted me the month off."

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She continued: "I'm bitterly disappointed that he has chosen to forget our conversation... what he's saying is, 'I didn't give her permission to go on the show' - I didn't ask his permission to go on the show, I asked for the month off and he's chosen deliberately to mince his words and try and box clever on this and that's so incredibly disappointing."

Dorries added that she was especially upset with Mitchell since she had been "very supportive personally and privately" during 'plebgate', which saw him resign after verbally abusing a Downing Street policeman.

On the Prime Minister's objections to her leaving her constituents, Dorries said: "If David Cameron is taking that line with me, he should really take it with all the other MPs, the majority of whom take 4-6 weeks a year out of parliament time."

Bug Burial, Nadine Dorries, I'm a Celebrity

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Dorries also blamed the press for fuelling the backlash against her, claiming that she had in fact received support from from voters over her I'm a Celebrity stint.

"The only story to the press are those that don't say it was a good move, so it's quite interesting actually the difference between what's in my mailbox to what I've seen written in the newspapers," she said.

"All the controversy will die away as it always does with these things, but the fact that people recognise my name, won't... I will be taking away that [MPs] really need to be not as self-important as we are because we're not, we're just like everybody else."

Dorries earlier told ITV's Daybreak that she "worked right until the second" she entered the jungle and went "straight back" to her duties after being voted out, using an office set up in her hotel room.

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