Dorries’s entry into the jungle led to a withdrawal of the party whip and a media onslaught. She hit back with a Conservative Home article entitled “In the jungle, people finally saw a Tory MP who could relate to them. I would do it all again.”
In the piece she defended her decision and said: “In my seven and a half years as an MP I think it is important to state that I have never taken a single day away from Parliament on one of the many jollies most MPs enjoy to various parts of the world.” She also argued she went on the show to talk to the masses about her views on abortion.
Result: Dorries’s whip has yet to be restored by the Conservative party, but she has had success in bagging media deals. “I’ve got front page of a national newspaper, I’m writing the leader page for a very well established political magazine, I’ve got a commitment to a regular newspaper column. I’ve got exactly what I wanted from this,” she said.