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The Week in Parliament: 9 November 2012

Is the Conservative Party ungovernable?

A perfect storm for backbench rebels?

It has been another tough week for the Conservative Party whips after one of their most outspoken backbenchers headed down under.

Long-term thorn in David Cameron's side Nadine Dorries defied the whips by agreeing to take part in "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" - and was immediately suspended by the party.

The move follows a series of rebellions by Conservative backbenchers in what has been labelled the "most rebellious Parliament of the post-war era".

Are the Conservatives in crisis or is this a sign of a new relationship between government and Parliament?

Conservative Party historian, Dr Tim Bale, and former Tory government whip, Michael Brown, joined Alicia McCarthy to discuss whether this is the perfect storm for party rebels.

Lembit's jungle survival guide

What can Nadine expect down under?

Nadine Dorries is due to miss the crucial EU budget vote and the Chancellor's autumn statement.

The MP for Mid-Bedfordshire's decision has brought criticism from Prime Minister David Cameron, fellow MPs and her local party association, who said members may consider deselecting Ms Dorries over her appearance on the show.

George Galloway faced similar criticism when he took part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 while still Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

Former MP and "I'm a Celebrity" contestant Lembit Opik was on hand to offer her his tips as she swaps the Westminster wilderness for the bush tucker trials of the Australian jungle.


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