Kezia Dugdale and six other politicians to appear on I’m A Celebrity

The former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has entered “the jungle”. Which other politicos have gone down under?

2. Stanley Johnson

Dugdale sparked controversy last weekend with the announcement that she was joining the jungle. She no longer leads her party, but remains a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothian region. The announcement coincided with the election of Richard Leonard as her successor.

The Aberdeen-born 36-year-old released this statement on Twitter defending her actions.

Her partner and SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth is backing her bid to be crowned Queen of the Jungle.

According to Ladbrokes, she is the third from last favourite to win the competition, and is joint first to be knocked out first alongside Rebekah Vardy and Vanessa White.

3. Nadine Dorries

The former MEP and father of Boris Johnson is also in the jungle this year,. He is currently the second favourite to win the competition with Ladbrokes.

If you’re not familiar with Johnson’s father, picture an older version of Boris, with the same style of wit and charm, but a lot less controversial.

4. Brian Paddick

The Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire was actually suspended from her party for appearing on the show in 2012. She did not win the competition, but eventually returned to the party and won re-election in 2015 and 2017 as Conservative candidate both times.

5. Robert Kilroy-Silk

Now the Lord Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor in 2008 and 2012 entered the jungle nine years ago. Like Dorries he did not win, and so far, no politician has been crowned King or Queen of the Jungle to date.

6. Lembit Opik

Kilroy-Silk has represented a range of parties. In the 70s and early 80s, he sat as a Labour MP before leaving the party and joining UKIP. He represented the East Midlands for Nigel Farage's party before leaving it and founding Veritas, a party that was devolved in 2015 after next to no success.

He was the first to be voted out of the jungle in 2008.

7. Edwina Currie

This Liberal Democrat politician lost his House of Commons seat at the 2010 election to the Conservatives’ Glyn Davies.

He appeared in the show in late 2010 when no longer an MP – thus avoiding controversy – but was the second camp-member to be eliminated.


This former Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health appeared in the reality TV show in 2014 and came in fourth-place - pretty good for a politician.

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