By Selina McLean
The choice for Kezia Dugdale to enter the I’m a Celebrity jungle has caused a split not only between the Labour Party but also between UWS Newsroom followers.
On our online poll we asked if Kezia Dugdale should enter the jungle:
With a nearly 50/50 split, the real question is, are people really concerned with the decision of a politician that’s no longer leader?
On the same day that Richard Leonard wins a 57% majority to become the new Scottish Labour leader, predecessor Kezia Dugdale is revealed to be a candidate on the 16th series of ITV reality game show I’m A Celebrity.
Despite being refused permission by the Labour Party to go ahead with this decision, Dugdale is set to appear on the programme later this week. This may cause repercussions on her return home from the Australian jungle as suspension from the party in its entirety may be on the cards and her professional future could be in jeopardy.
This decision is said to have caused a split within the party with UK Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn having said that such actions would be inappropriate and it is ultimately Dugdale’s decision to partake in the ITV programme. Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Good Morning programme, Richard Leonard has however claimed that: “There is going to need to be a proper discussion about it, the circumstances around it and whether it is appropriate to take action or not.
“I am not persuaded the immediate step that the Labour Party needs to take is to suspend Kezia from membership of the Labour Party but I do think we need to have a discussion about it.”
This comes amid claims that Dugdale hadn’t made her actions clear when asking for permission to leave which could lead to grounds of suspension. It is thought that Dugdale was spending this time to do charity work and hadn’t said that she was actually to appear on reality television.
Dugdale isn’t the only politician featured on this year’s I’m A Celeb line-up, former Conservative MEP Stanley Johnson has also entered the jungle among stars from sport and popular culture including boxer Amir Khan and singer Vanessa White.