Dugdale re­ceived £80,000 for I’m a Celebrity ...

The Herald - - POLITICS - TOM GOR­DON PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

KEZIA Dugdale was paid more than her an­nual salary as an MSP for less than two weeks on a re­al­ity TV show.

The for­mer Scot­tish Labour leader re­ceived more than £80,000 for her con­tro­ver­sial stint on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

De­spite pledg­ing to pro­mote “Labour val­ues” on her trip to the Aus­tralian jun­gle, she is best remembered for crawl­ing through fish guts and drink­ing anus and pe­nis smooth­ies. She was the sec­ond per­son to be voted off af­ter barely two weeks in the “camp”.

She said she had do­nated £5,100 of her fee to three char­i­ties selected by her par­lia­men­tary staff – Who Cares? Scot­land; Glas­gow Women’s Aid; and the Archie Foun­da­tion.

She has also do­nated her £2,500 par­lia­men­tary salary for her time in Aus­tralia to the Rock Trust, an Ed­in­burgh­based home­less­ness char­ity.

Her spokesman said she had re­ceived a fee of £70,000, equiv­a­lent to £45,000 af­ter tax. How­ever her reg­is­ter of in­ter­ests said her to­tal re­mu­ner­a­tion was £80,000 to £85,000.

This in­cludes travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs and a daily fee of AUS $150 (£87).

Ms Dugdale said: “I’m pleased 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.”

Her TV ap­pear­ance over­shad­owed the re­sult of Scot­tish Labour’s lead­er­ship con­test in Novem­ber and was con­demned by many of her party col­leagues. She was later rep­ri­manded by the party for tak­ing an unau­tho­rised leave.

Kezia Dugdale pledge to pro­mote Labour val­ues.

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