Dugdale avoids suspension over jungle show trip

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will not be suspended for an “unauthorised leave of absence” to appear on I’m A Celebrity, the party has announced.

The MSP faced criticism from some colleagues when she was revealed as a surprise guest on the ITV show on Saturday.

But a party official confirmed Ms Dugdale would keep the party whip and be interviewed upon her return from Australia.

Business manager James Kelly said: “The Scottish Parliamentary Labour group today discussed the decision of Kezia Dugdale to take an unauthorised leave of absence from her parliamentary duties.

“Today, the group concluded that Kezia Dugdale would not face suspension.

“In accordance with standard procedure, Kezia Dugdale will be interviewed on her return to Parliament and have the opportunity to present her account of events.”

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