Ex-Scottish Labour leader in I’m A Celebrity

Kezia DugdaleImage copyright PA

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is to take part in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! programme.

The ITV show launches this weekend, with other contestants including Boris Johnson’s father Stanley and former footballer Dennis Wise.

All the other celebrities heading for the jungle were announced on Tuesday.

It is understood Ms Dugdale will donate her MSP salary to charity while she is in Australia.

But her decision to take part in the show was critcised by Scottish Labour MSP Jenny Marra, who tweeted: “Election to parliament is a privilege to serve and represent people. It’s not a shortcut to celebrity.”

Ms Marra, the MSP for North-East Scotland, also questioned whether the announcement was an “April Fool in November”.

Boxer Amir Khan, Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah, The Saturdays singer Vanessa White and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas will also be taking part.

The personalities will try to last three weeks with each other, and the local wildlife, in the camp.

Scottish Labour is not officially commenting on Ms Dugdale’s last minute inclusion in the line-up, but a party source said it would be a “fantastic opportunity” for the MSP to talk about policies and Labour values on a widely watched show.

“She puts other politicians to shame with her work ethic and I’m sure there will be huge support for her from Scottish viewers while she’s in the jungle.

“She’ll be back in time for the budget and will get straight down to work once again for the people of the Lothians,” the source added.

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Image caption The rest of the contestants were announced earlier in the week

About 10 million people tune in to the show every night.

Ms Dugdale stood down as Scottish Labour leader in August. Richard Leonard was appointed as her successor on Saturday.

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