JEREMY CORBYN has said former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale should not be suspended from the party for going on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Her successor as Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, has confirmed the party’s MSPs are to consider whether to suspend her for the decision to go to the jungle.
But Labour leader Mr Corbyn told the Press Association: “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.”
Former Labour first minister Henry McLeish has called on Ms Dugdale to rethink her decision to go out to the jungle.
He said: “Clearly she resigned for a number of reasons, but this is not the way to go forward, and I would ask her to rethink and drop the idea of going to Australia.”
He praised Ms Dugdale for her work as Labour leader, saying she had been “building a case for federalism” and had also won Scottish Labour a place on the party’s National Executive Committee.
“It’s vital we don’t lose talent like that,” Mr McLeish said. “I’m asking her to reconsider before she flies off tomorrow.”
But bookmakers Coral had the former Scottish Labour leader at 8-1 to win the show.
John Hill of Coral said: “The Scottish Labour party are not happy with Kezia entering the jungle, however, she has already been popular with punters to win the series where she is one of the prominent contestants at the top end of the outright betting.”