After being in the "bear pit" of Scottish Labour politics, living in the jungle will be a "doddle" for Kezia Dugdale, according to Tony Blair's former advisor.
The former leader of the Scottish Labour Party is set to appear on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here. The MSP reportedly did not ask for permission from Holyrood to be away for potentially three weeks.
Former advisor to Tony Blair John McTernan told Sam Delaney: "She deserves a break, doesn’t she, from the bear pit that is Scottish Labour politics. This time in the jungle will be a doddle for her."
Echoing the support of national Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, McTernan believes anyone who thinks Dugdale should be at home helping constituents "has got no sense of humour and no heart either" as "she’s got staff who can handle the correspondence she's worked really hard as an MSP."
He added: "If you appear on a prime time ITV television programme like that you’re reaching far more people with your personality and your politics than any politician in Scotland outside of Nicola Sturgeon is reaching during the week."
McTernan thinks appearing on a reality show like this is "a thing you do when you finally retire from [frontline] politics" and Dugdale "has clearly decided frontline politics is over for her for a while.
"She's very very funny, she’s very personable, I think people will like her, she’ll do really well. And listen, there’s no challenge in the jungle like that of leading the Scottish Labour Party."
Listen to the full interview above