Mid Beds MP, Nadine Dorries, claims her chance of being the next Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons was thwarted by her views on abortion.
It was announced this afternoon that the Tory was beaten to the post by Eleanor Laing MP for Epping Forest who saw off Conservative Brian Binley by 273 votes to 240 in the final round.
Speaking exclusively to us after the result, Ms Dorries said: “The seven of us had a really good campaign and a good time doing it together.
“I am absolutely delighted that Eleanor won. She’ll be great; she’ll be a fantastic Deputy Speaker.
“She has been here since 1997 and constitutional reform has been a big thing for her since she got here, so she deserves it.
“After 16 years in the House for service, she deserved it.”
When asked if she would nominate herself for Deputy Speaker in the future, she said: “Having run for it once I’m not sure I’ll run for it again.
“One of the Labour MPs told me that Labour are never going to vote for an MP who campaigns on abortion and that’s it.
“That was a bit of a blow really because it’s not an election based on issues. It is supposed to be one based on impartiality and there is no one more impartial than me.
“When I was told that I kind of knew I wasn’t going to get it, I didn’t think that Labour would actually let an issue like that come into it, but apparently it did and they said they just won’t allow someone who campaigns on abortion to progress in the House.
“They call themselves a sophisticated electorate but I think that is probably code word for machiavellian, but that’s what makes Parliament so fascinating and interesting.”
The I’m a Celebrity star had previously admitted she was likely to have been seen as the ‘new kid on the block’ in the run up to today’s result, which saw her lose out in the first stage with 13 votes.
She was up against Conservatives David Amess, Henry Bellingham, Brian Binley, Simon Burns, Eleanor Laing and Gary Streeter.
Ms Dorries added: “I’ve got my constituency work to focus on as I have a lot going on there with the development in Mid Bedfordshire and I have my book coming out on April 10, so I’m looking forward to that.”