‘JUNGLE’ MP Nadine Dorries has warned members of the media that she’ll call the police if they keep ‘harassing’ her.
The Mid Bedfordshire representative, who was suspended from the Conservative Party after accepting a stint on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, made the pledge on social network site Twitter on Thursday.
She posted: “If another red top journalist visits my home, members of my family, their homes or my office I will inform the police. This is harassment.”
Ms Dorries went on to warn reporters who turned up at her surgery on Friday morning that they would be ‘hindering’ her staff and constituents.
But her comments sparked some angry responses from tweeters.
@PakarelliPaks tweeted her: “You deliberately created this narrative by courting publicity. You can’t pick and choose when you want it, I’m afraid.”
Responding to another user who accused her of wanting “publicity on her own terms”, Ms Dorries posted: “Publicity is one thing, harassment another. My family members should not be harassed.”
Constituents took to our website www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk to hit out at the MP’s comments.
Angela wrote: “That’s right Nadine. Court publicity until you become a ‘celeb’ then get the police involved.
“I’m sure your constituents will appreciate you using up scarce police resources at a time when the economy is in such a state. So disappointed in this MP.”
Ironically the MP, who caused outrage when it emerged she was being paid thousands, on top of her £60k MP’s salary for her part in the ITV celebrity show, recently wrote a column for The Sun newspaper.
Central Bedfordshire Conservative Councillor Richard Stay said: “It is extraordinary that someone who chooses to put themselves in the public eye in the most dramatic way possible then complains that the press coverage it has generated it harassment.
“For a high profile figure to threaten the press with arrest after she has chosen to be in the public eye is just beyond belief.
“It is clear it applies to members of all media organisations except those that are nice to her.”
Bedfordshire on Sunday has attempted to contact Ms Dorries by telephone - within reason - and asked her to respond via Twitter but she hasn’t.
We have not visited her home or office.