02/12/2012 07:04 GMT | Updated 02/12/2012 07:05 GMT

Nadine Dorries Admits She Likes Being Independent After Whip Suspended

Nadine Dorries MP has admitted she enjoyed being an independent politician after having the Conservative whip suspended.

The outspoken former nurse claimed she was revelling in her new-found freedom, but insisted she would be allowed back into the Tory Party.


The Mid-Bedfordshire MP has insisted she will be given the whip back

Ms Dorries, a fierce critic of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, had a Commons showdown with Conservative Chief Whip Sir George Young last week over her decision to abandon her constituents to take part in I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Their talks were "adjourned" and a decision on her future is expected this month.

She said: "It's quite nice being independent at the moment, actually."

Westminster has been rife with speculation the maverick MP could quit the party and stand for Ukip at the next General Election.

But she told Sky News' Murnaghan show: "I am quite sure, confident, that I should get the whip back very shortly."

Asked what would happen if Sir George refused to reinstate the whip, she added: "We will cross that bridge when come to it."

Ms Dorries faced a barrage of criticism when she flew to Australia to join a soap star, a boxer and a footballer's girlfriend filming the ITV1 reality show.

Although Ms Dorries said she was in the jungle as it was "a golden opportunity to communicate with sixteen million people", the Mid-Bedfordshire MP's ambitious principles were questioned after she was filmed chewing on a lamb's testicle and ostrich's anus in the notorious Bushtucker Trials.