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Labour to discuss Dugdale jungle decision

Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale: heading off to the jungle (photo by Terry Murden)

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale faces a party inquiry after dumping her parliamentary duties to head down under to take part in television reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

It emerged on Monday (Nov 20 update) that she notified the party about the invitation and permission to take part was refused.

New party leader Richard Leonard was asked after securing victory in the leadership race if action would be taken against his predecessor who took the party by surprise with her decision.

“It was news to me this morning,” he said, adding that the Labour group would be meeting to discuss Ms Dugdale’s decision. “We will need to take a view as a group.”

Asked if Ms Dugdale would be suspended, he said: “I think that is unlikely but that is just my view.”

The 36-year-old MSP has been confirmed as a late participant in the ITV show, prompting a furious backlash after leaving her constituents unrepresented for three weeks.

She will join Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s father Stanley and boxer Amir Khan when the series opens on Sunday night.

It means Ms Dugdale, who quit suddenly as Labour leader in the summer, will miss surgeries and Holyrood debate.

Her decision threatened to overshadow the announcement of her successor.

The last serving politician to take part in the same show was Conservative MP Nadine Dorries who was suspended by her party following her decision in 2012.

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