Reality TV and suspension
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Dorries became the first sitting MP to participate in a reality TV show since George Galloway (in January 2006 on Celebrity Big Brother) when she agreed to appear in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here in early November 2012. Other Conservatives and her constituents were reportedly outraged by the announcement, while the Conservative Chief Whip Sir George Young had not been informed of her absence from Parliament. Dorries also failed to inform the chairman of the Mid-Bedfordshire Conservative Association. The Conservative Party suspended Dorries from the party whip after her confirmation that she was planning to be absent from Parliament. John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, received a complaint about her behaviour. The series began on 11 November 2012, but on 21 November Dorries was the first contestant to be voted out of the I'm a Celebrity contest. Dorries met George Young on 27 November, who asked her to rebuild her relationship with the party; she will sit as an independent MP until a later meeting. The MP continued to deny the whip had been withdrawn, claiming it had merely been suspended.