Nadine Dorries 'quite sure' of Tory bench return

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MP Nadine Dorries has said she is "quite sure" of being allowed back into the Parliamentary Conservative Party following her return from the ITV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

She was suspended after she decided to spend three weeks filming in the Australian jungle, away from her Mid-Bedfordshire constituents.

Ms Dorries told Sky News she should have the party whip returned "shortly".

But Chief Whip Sir George Young has insisted she must "rebuild bridges".

A decision on the future of Ms Dorries, a critic of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, is expected later this month.

She returned to the UK last week after becoming the first contestant to be voted off the reality show, which was won on Saturday by the EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks.

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Ms Dorries, who sits in Parliament without representing any party as a result of her suspension by the Conservatives, told Sky News: "It's quite nice being independent at the moment, actually."

She said: "I am quite sure - confident - that I should get the whip back very shortly."

Asked what would happen if Sir George decided against this, she replied: "We will cross that bridge when come to it."

While on I'm a Celebrity, Ms Dorries chewed on a lamb testicle and ostrich anus in the show's "bushtucker trials".

She met Sir George for 15 minutes last week on her return.

Ms Dorries insists she was given permission to take a holiday by the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, although Mr Mitchell has insisted he was not told what she was planning to do with her time off.

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