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Kezia Dugdale was told she couldn’t go on I’m A Celeb – but defied Scottish Labour party bosses to enter the jungle anyway

KEZIA Dugdale was told she couldn’t go on I’m A Celebrity – but defied Scottish Labour party bosses to enter the jungle anyway. New leader Richard Leonard said his predecessor had…

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KEZIA Dugdale was told she couldn't go on I'm A Celebrity – but defied Scottish Labour party bosses to enter the jungle anyway.

New leader Richard Leonard said his predecessor had sought permission to take part in the show – but added his understanding was that it had not been agreed before she flew out to Australia.

 New Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard says his predecessor Kezia Dugdale was told she couldn't go on I'm A Celeb - but went anywayPA/SWNS New Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard says his predecessor Kezia Dugdale was told she couldn't go on I'm A Celeb – but went anyway

Labour MSPs at Holyrood will now have to consider if his predecessor, who dramatically quit the top job north of the border in August, should be suspended or not.

The party’s overall UK leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said that this would not be appropriate, arguing it was Ms Dugdale's choice to take part in the ITV reality programme.

She is expected to enter the show next week as a surprise late contestant, but her decision to take part has already prompted angry reactions from within Labour – with her MSP colleague calling the move "utterly ludicrous".

Nicola Sturgeon weighed in on the row today, warning she would not want an SNP MSP to take part – but the First Minister added that she thought Scottish Labour was a 'nest of vipers' worth escaping.

 She is believed to have asked both Mr Leonard and his leadership rival Anas Sarwar if she could have three weeks leave for a charity projectPA She is believed to have asked both Mr Leonard and his leadership rival Anas Sarwar if she could have three weeks leave for a charity project

It has been reported Ms Dugdale asked Labour's chief whip James Kelly for permission to go – but was told it could not be given before the election of her successor was concluded on Saturday.

She is then believed to have asked both Mr Leonard and his leadership rival Anas Sarwar if she could have three weeks leave for a charity project – but did say it was I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

Following his win Mr Leonard, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, said he would ask MSPs if she should be sanctioned on her return.

He said: "I've said over the weekend that we need to consider it and I've also expressed my own personal disappointment that that was a decision she has chosen to make.

 How the ex-Scottish Labour leader might look on the ITV show How the ex-Scottish Labour leader might look on the ITV show

"There are issues, not just the fact that she is there and the kind of programme it is and people's view of that, there is also a question about whether she got permission to do it."

Pressed on whether Ms Dugdale had been given the party's backing to take part in the show, he stated: "My understanding is she sought permission and wasn't given permission."

Mr Leonard added: "There is going to need to be a proper discussion about it, the circumstances around it and whether it is appropriate to take action or not.

"I am not persuaded the immediate step that the Labour Party needs to take is to suspend Kezia from membership of the Labour Party but I do think we need to have a discussion about it."

Piers Morgan rants about serving politicians going on I'm A Celebrity after Scottish MP Kezia Dugdale heads to the jungle

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Who is Megan McKenna? The Only Way Is Essex star and singer who dated Harry Eden and Pete Wicks

MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years. She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful …

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MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years.

She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful single, giving Taylor Swift a run for her money – but lost her beau Pete Wicks in the process. Here's the latest on the Towie star…

 Here's what you need to know about Megan Here's what you need to know about Megan

Who is Megan McKenna?

Born Megan Elizabeth McKenna on September 26 1992, Megan is the eldest of two sisters.

She grew up alongside her little sister Milly in Woodbridge, Essex.

Before becoming a reality star, Megan had wanted to pursue a career in music, and attended ArtsEd Theatre School as a teen.

Although she also played violin, she focused on becoming a singer, and first appeared on our screens on Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

She joined Towie in early 2016, but by late 2017 she announced she was taking some "time off". It is not known when she'll return.

 Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 - and it's been a rollercoaster ever sinceXposure Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 – and it's been a rollercoaster ever since

What is happening between Megan and Pete Wicks?

Megan and Pete started dating around April 2016 and things progressed when she joined Towie.

They even talked of “love” until they were rocked by a sex text scandal in September last year.

The couple reunited a few months later and were officially back together by December that year.

However, their rollercoaster romance hit the skids again in March 2017 and they split again.

They have now split once more and emotional scenes aired on Towie on October 18.

Did Megan cheat on Pete?

Soon after their break up, Megan was seen connected to her old flame, Harry Eden.

Liam Gatsby later threw himself into the mix and sensationally claimed he has evidence to prove Megan cheated on Pete – something her friends have strenuously denied.

One told The Sun Online: “Clearly as Gatsby has no storylines he feels the need to make up lies about Towie’s biggest character in order to get some air time.” Megan and Harry were dating casually, but as of November 2017, that has fizzled out and Megan is now single.  Megan is back with new show There's Something About MeganITVBe Megan is back with new show There's Something About Megan

What other shows has Megan been on besides Towie?

Megan appeared on BGT alongside a pal and got through to the semi-finals with their performance as singing duo Harmony in 2009.

Susan Boyle and Diversity also participated that year.

In 2015, she became a cast member on the third series of MTV's Ex on the Beach, which was set in Mexico.

She returned for the fourth series with then-boyfriend Jordan Davies – and they became engaged during the finale but split four months later.

In early 2016, she joined the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother – and became a household name.

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Who is Georgia Kousoulou? The Only Way Is Essex star, swimwear designer and Tommy Mallet’s girlfriend

THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon. Here’s all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou wh…

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THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon.

Here's all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou who's part of the glamorous cast and as one half of the "power couple" with her boyfriend of three years, Tommy Mallet…

Action shot ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:55am PST

Who is Georgia Kousoulou? What's her background?

26-year-old Georgia was brought up in Essex by her mother and Greek father.

You're most likely to see her knocking about with friends Lydia Bright and Chloe Lewis.

She is a straight-talking girl who puts loyalty first and isn't afraid to speak her mind.

In the first few seasons, she proudly displayed her hourglass figure announcing she was "repping it for the curvy girls".

She continues to do so, although she has definitely become more trim in the last year or so.

I think I was born to live in the sun & be a life guard ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:23am PST

When did Georgia Kousoulou join Towie?

Georgia joined the Towie cast in 2014 for the 11th series. Other cast members to join at the same time included Fran Parman and Grace Andrews, although neither of them are still on the show.

Georgia is still a prominent character on the show, with her story-lines revolving around her increasingly solid relationship with Tommy Mallet and her bust-ups and make-ups with the girls.

Dinner nights ❤️ Love my "LUCY" dress #BYGEORGIAK @my_uniquelook £30 BUT you can get 20% off with code TREAT .. we all need treats in January 😘www.myuniquelook.com (link in bio)

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:03am PST

Who has Georgia Kousoulou dated?

Georgia and Tommy Mallet's relationship has become a staple of the show but it didn't start off very well.

When they first got together Georgia gave Tommy a set of rules that he shouldn't break for their new romance to blossom but viewers weren't impressed when he broke them immediately by being rude to her in front of her friends.

Despite the shaky start, the pair have grown stronger together with characteristics like his fierce loyalty and clear affection for Georgia earning him a place in viewer's hearts.

Wet hair . No makeup . Just Holiday vibes ❤️

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 3:21pm PST

The Essex power couple appear to be going strong, which is unusual for the world of Towie. Perhaps it's the romantic gestures like his heartfelt message carved into pumpkins and their January get-away to Mexico.

Before Tommy came on the scene Georgia briefly toyed with the idea of dating Dan Osborne.

The pair flirted for her first two seasons, making co-star Jasmin Walia very jealous, but nothing came of their dates.

What does Georgia Kousoulou do for a living?

If our Showbiz pages are anything to go by you could be forgiven for thinking that Georgia spends her time swanning around countries with sunnier climates in high-waisted bikinis, but you would be wrong.

👙x3 😜 Tenerife 💁 Bikini @mermaids_x

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 30, 2017 at 11:53am PST

Since she first appeared on the Bafta-award winning show Georgia fronted a campaign by the Federation of Bakers to promote bread's nutritional value.

Georgia released her own swimwear brand called Summer Dreams in 2016, with the line including beachwear, swimsuits and accessories.

On her blog byGeorgiaK she said: "I am so excited to be launching my very first swimwear collection – I love the summer and love looking good by the pool and beach so this really is a dream come true for me.

"I’ve been able to express my vision and my inner Greek Goddess within the pieces."

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Who is Courtney Green? The Only Way Is Essex star, Chloe Meadows’ best friend and Myles Barnett’s girlfriend

COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex’s Megan McKenna and Amber Turner. The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after …

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COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex's Megan McKenna and Amber Turner.

The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after Chloe felt she was being used for 'storylines' – here's all you need to know.

 Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex PodFame Flynet Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex Pod

What's Courtney best known for?

The brunette is a regular on ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex.

Courtney made her first appearance on the reality show alongside best friend Chloe Meadows.

She was working as a junior PA before rising to fame on the popular series.

 Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe MeadowsFame Flynet Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe Meadows

Is Courtney single?

Courtney had been dating co-star Myles Barnett for a couple of months before officially going out on the show.

She asked out Myles on International Women’s Day – but unfortunately, it majorly backfired.

Courtney texted Myles to tell him she was taking him out to dinner and had a surprise for him when he arrived.

Holding out a teddy bear with the words Be Mine written on it, Courtney made it clear she wanted to date Myles exclusively.

There then followed a painfully long pause and Myles asked: “You’re actually asking me out?”

Explaining her approach, Courtney said: "Yeah, well, my mum said to me that when she was my age obviously my dad asked her out and I thought ‘I’m not like everyone else’".

He then effectively rejected her and made all viewers cringe on the sofas.

But a week later he asked her to be his girlfriend… just before accusing her of being a "psycho".

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