Kezia Dugdale’s rumoured appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has caused quite a stir in the Scottish Labour Party. The new leader Richard Leonard said that Dugdale had not been granted permission to partake in the jungle-based reality contest. She now faces potential sanctions for making the decision.
“I’ve said over the weekend that we need to consider it and I’ve also expressed my own personal disappointment that that was a decision she has chosen to make,” Leonard said. “There are issues, not just the fact that she is there and the kind of programme it is and people’s view of that, there is also a question about whether she got permission to do it.”
But British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that she should not be punished, saying “It’s her choice to go on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, I don’t think it’s appropriate to suspend someone from the party for doing that, that’s her choice.”
And Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has rallied behind the MSP on Twitter:
So it seems I might have briefly tuned into a never-watched-before celebrity TV show tonight under false pretences….#confused#ImACeleb 😀
Biography: Dugdale began her political career on the Scottish Labour’s Policy Forum in 2006, before her election to the Scottish Parliament – as a representative of the Lothian region – in 2011. She rose quickly to become the deputy leader (2014) and ultimately the leader (2015) of the Scottish branch of the party.
She is one of the few prominent politicians with an active personal Instagram account, which she may well be ready for the celebrity experience…