FORMER Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will reportedly set off for the jungle this weekend after a last-minute call-up to join I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

The 36-year-old MSP, will be flying to Australia to join campmates including boxer Amir Khan, Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson, Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas on the reality TV series.

Ms Dugdale’s late addition to the ITV show has sparked outrage on social media – five years after MP Nadine Dorries was blasted for ‘abandoning’ voters.

A source told The Sun: “It’s hard to represent constituents when you’re on the other side of the world.”


The Lothian MSP - who gets a salary of around £60,000 - will also leave her constituents without a representative while she is Down Under.

Jenny Marra, the Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland took to Twitter to share her views on the surprise announcement. Posting on her personal account she wrote: "Election to parliament is a privilege to serve and represent people. It’s not a shortcut to celebrity."

Edinburgh-based councillor Scott Arthur posted on Twitter: "If true @kezdugdale, this is a slap in the face for activists, Cllrs, MPs & MSPs working to rebuild the party."

Leah Franchetti also took a swipe at the former leader, saying: "Nah. You don’t get elected to take 2nd job faffing around on tv. Not on."

The first question the new Scottish Labour leader is now likely to face today is undoubtedly, should Kezia Dugdale quit.