Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson this week said he would never consider taking five weeks away to take part in a reality TV show - particularly at a time when people are suffering hardships the likes of which they have never faced before.
When asked by the Champion for his thoughts on Tory MP Nadine Dorries' decision to take part in 'I'm a Celebrity get Me Out of Here', Bill Esterson said she was failing her constituents.
Bill said: "I really don't know what Nadine Dorries was thinking. She has packed her bags and jetted off to the other side of the world at a time when it has never been more important to be a proactive MP.
"No MP worth his or her salt could spend five weeks away from their constituency, or away from Parliament. If anyone else disappeared from their job for 5 weeks they would rightly be sacked when they returned
"MPs have responsibilities. They are there to make sure that they are getting the best for their constituents, that they are fighting for the people they represent and they are there to help people when they need it.
"You can't do that in a jungle with Ant and Dec at the other side of the world.
"People are facing real hardship. They are being made redundant. They are struggling to pay their household bills. The local services which they rely on are being cut.
"This is no time for an MP to go jetting off in search of celebrity."
When asked if he would ever consider appearing on a reality TV show, Bill said "no".
He said: "Being an MP is a full time job. It is a serious job. People come to me for help. I need to be there to give them that help when they need it. I need to be there to fight for their interests.
"As we have seen before, MPs who do decide to go into the Big Brother house, or off into the jungle, lose all credibility. And it simply isn't in the interests of the people they are supposed to represent.
"Reality TV is a bit of a circus and parliament feels a bit like that at times as anyone who has watched Prime Minister’s Questions will tell you. Everyone in parliament is scrutinised 24/7. There are cameras watching your every move. We have our very own Nasty Nick. And there are lots of clowns in there who should be voted out at the earliest opportunity.
"But that doesn’t mean that MPs should be able to abandon their constituents and take a holiday when parliament is sitting. I can promise that I will continue to work hard both when I am in parliament and when I am in Sefton holding the government to account and doing my very best to help my constituents."