Scottish Labour hand Kezia Dugdale ‘written warning’ over ‘I’m a Celebrity’ appearance

Posted On: 
14th December 2017

Kezia Dugdale has been reprimanded by Scottish Labour chiefs after returning from a three week stint on ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’. 

Kezia Dugdale flew to Australia to take part in the ITV series
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The former Scottish Labour leader was told she would have to face party bosses on arriving back, after accepting the three-week reality TV offer without their permission.

However the party has said Ms Dugdale will only be handed a written warning and “no further action” will be taken.

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Following their decision, the MSP said she “deeply regretted” any problems that her time in the jungle had caused leader Richard Leonard – who won the top job just hours before she announced she would be taking part.

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said it was more important for the party to “come together” and face down the SNP government’s budget, to be presented to Holyrood today.

“Following a discussion between Richard Leonard, Kezia Dugdale, and the group executive, it has been decided that the group will reprimand Ms Dugdale by way of written warning,” they said.

They added: “Tomorrow Scotland faces the most important budget since devolution, with local services facing huge cuts that will hit the poorest the hardest.

"The Labour family must now come together to oppose these cuts and outline fairer alternatives that ends austerity and lifts children out of poverty.”

Ms Dugdale said: “I deeply regret that this caused issues in the first weeks of Richard Leonard’s leadership and I am determined that it won’t affect Labour’s ability to scrutinise the Scottish Budget. 

“Now I’m getting back to work – and the very first thing I did was to vote with Labour for a fairer alternative to Tory austerity and demonstrate that parliament has the powers to stop the cuts and lift children out of poverty.”