Kezia Dug­dale paid £70,000 for I’m A Celeb

The for­mer Scot­tish Labour leader do­nated some of the cash to char­ity

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Kezia Dug­dale was paid £70,000 for her con­tro­ver­sial ap­pear­ance on the re­al­ity TV show I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, with the for­mer Scot­tish Labour leader do­nat­ing just over £5,000 of the cash to good causes.

A spokesman for the MSP, who in­formed Holy­rood au­thor­i­ties of the pay­ment, said af­ter tax in the UK and Aus­tralia the sum was £45,000.

Ms Dug­dale do­nated £5,100 to three char­i­ties who she said did “amaz­ing work” across Scot­land.

Glas­gow Women’s Aid, Who Cares? Scot­land, which works with looked-af­ter young­sters, and The Archie Foun­da­tion, which helps sick chil­dren, will each ben­e­fit from £1,700.

She said: “I’m pleased that a num­ber of char­i­ties which do amaz­ing work across Scot­land will ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially from this.

“I’m de­lighted to be back in the Par­lia­ment serv­ing my con­stituents across the Loth­i­ans.

“I held more than 30 surg­eries across the re­gion in 2017 and I will con­tinue to be an open and ac­ces­si­ble MSP through­out 2018 and be­yond.

“I also look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of cam­paigns around the Year of Young Peo­ple in 2018.”

In her Holy­rood par­lia­men­tary regis­ter of in­ter­ests, Ms Dug­dale stated: “Be­tween Novem­ber 19 and De­cem­ber 13 I took part in the ITV Pro­duc­tion ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’.

“I re­ceived a to­tal of be­tween £80,001 and £85,000 in re­mu­ner­a­tion (which in­cluded a fee of £70,000, travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion and a daily pay­ment while not in the camp) from ITV Stu­dios Limited (a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany of The Lon­don Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre, Up­per Ground, Lon­don, SE1 9LT). [Reg­is­tered De­cem­ber 15 2017].”

When the MSP an­nounced she was ap­pear­ing on the show she drew crit­i­cism and sur­prise from col­leagues and political op­po­nents.

New Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leonard said he was “dis­ap­pointed” and fel­low MSP Neil Find­lay de­scribed it as “ut­terly lu­di­crous”.

Be­fore ap­pear­ing on the pro­gramme, Ms Dug­dale do­nated her £2,500 par­lia­men­tary salary for her time in Aus­tralia to the Rock Trust, an Ed­in­burgh-based char­ity.

Over­all she has raised a to­tal of nearly £30,000 for char­ity since 2015.

Pic­ture: REX.

Ms Dug­dale as she was evicted from se­ries 17 of the Aus­tralia-set re­al­ity show ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!’.

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