27/11/2012 16:45 GMT | Updated 27/11/2012 22:02 GMT

Nadine Dorries Compares 'I'm A Celebrity' With Steve McCabe's Open-Heart Surgery

Nadine Dorries has sparked outrage again by appearing to compare her time off from parliament to appear on 'I'm a Celebrity' to that taken by another MP recovering from heart surgery.

The Birmingham Mail reports that Dorries, in a tweet that now appears to have been deleted, said: “Labour MP Steve McCabe who reported me to Standards Commissioner for time in jungle during half term has attendance record of just 63% !!”

While there is no disputing the figure, Dorries seems to neglect the fact Labour MP McCabe has spent months resting under doctors orders after he underwent open-heart surgery to repair a mitral valve in May.

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Dorries returned to the UK on Monday after being the first person voted off the show

McCabe hit back straight away, yet even with another reminder of his condition but Dorries refused to stand down.

McCabe told the Huffington Post UK that he was "surprised" by the outburst.

"She must still think she's in the jungle and she's still looking for airtime," he added.

Dorries had a meeting with chief Tory whip Sir George Young on Tuesday morning to explain her decision to jet off to Australia to take part in 'I'm a Celebrity...'.

She was told the verdict over her future in the party would be delayed until next week.

Speaking on BBC Look East on Monday night she said: "I'm fully expecting that when the meeting has taken place everything will be fine.

"I haven't done anything that's seriously worthy of withdrawing the whip."