Baroness Oona King will skate her way through Dancing On Ice in January
George Galloway- Celebrity Big Brother
Not many can forget the sight of George Galloway licking milk out of the lap of actress Rula Lenska pretending to be a cat on Celebrity Big Brother 2006, but many would like to.
The former Labour MP decided to go on the show to raise awareness about his anti-Iraq war Respect party. Chief Westminster whip Hilary Armstrong urged him to “respect his constituents, not his ego” and launched a petition against him. John Biggs, City and East member of the London Assembly, said he was “one of the biggest laughing stocks in London politics since the Second World War.”
Result: six years later all seemed to be forgiven when “Gorgeous George” was elected Respect MP for Bradford West in March 2012.
Ann Widdecombe- Strictly Come Dancing
Widdecombe appeared on Strictly Come Dancing as a former MP, five months after she stood down as the Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald in 2010.
Her ungainly dancing was a funny sight to behold, but Widdecombe continued all guns blazing and she was eliminated after the ninth week. In her final week Judge Bruno Tonioli told her she looked like “a Dalek in drag” and that the dance was “more like Hello Trolley than Hello Dolly”, while Alesha Dixon said: “I think the honeymoon is over.”
What next: Widdecombe has managed to forge a career for herself on the stage. In 2011 she stared in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs alongside Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, and is due to do another panto in High Wycombe this month. She will also appear in this year’s Strictly Christmas special.
Vince Cable- Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special
Cable appeared on Strictly in December 2010, back in the days when his party liked him. The Business Secretary had long let it be known he had ballroom prowess, but was taken down a peg or two days before the show when reporters from The Daily Telegraph turned up undercover to his constituency surgery and dished the dirt on him.
Result: Despite showcasing some impressive foxtrot, Cable has never lived down comments to the undercover reporters that being in the coalition is like “fighting a war”.
Lembit Opik- I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of
Former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik was the second person to be
evicted from the jungle by the public in December 2010. He lost his
Montgomeryshire seat in the 2010 election and decided to flirt with
fame shortly afterwards, having previously dated Cheeky Girl
Result: Opik has made various attempts to hit the celebrity big
time since the jungle, including appearances on Loose Women, Come
Dine With Me and Bargain Hunt Famous Finds.
This year he starred in a music video by unsigned band The Good
Suns. The video features the former politician dancing and miming
lyrics to the song “Pop Wound”. He has also appeared in a
professional wrestling promotion.
Nadie Dorries- I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of
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.
Robert Kilroy-Silk- I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of
Independent MEP and former talk show host Robert Kilroy-Silk
entered the jungle in 2008. Fellow MEP Labour’s Glenis Willmott
criticised his decision, saying: “I think it shows a complete lack
of respect for voters.” Viewers weren’t too keen either as
Kilroy-Silk became the first contestant to be voted out.
Result: Kilroy-Silk has taken to self-publishing politically
motivated sensationalist novels. The first novel Betrayal is about
consensual adult incest. The third book Abduction deals with two
parents framed as violent by a pair of hetero-hating lesbian social
workers. And just when you thought he couldn’t stoop much lower
than I’m A Celebrity…