Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt to star in ITV's Splash!

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A HAMPSHIRE MP is hoping to make a splash by taking part in a diving competition on TV.

Penny Mordaunt - who has been ranked the sexiest female Parliamentarian - is to strip off to her swimsuit on live TV as a contestant in celebrity diving show Splash!

The politician, who holds the Portsmouth North seat, will be seen in her bathers on the show later this month after being trained by Tom Daley and will compete against former chart star Paul Young and model Danielle Lloyd.

She is to give her appearance fee on the ITV Saturday evening show to help with the renovation of a lido in the south coast city she represents.

Her inclusion on the show comes a little over a year after her party colleague Nadine Dorries caused a stir by appearing on another ITV contest I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, which led to the party whip being temporarily withdrawn.

In November of last year Ms Dorries was forced to apologise for failing to properly register her media earnings, including the undisclosed sum she received for appearing on the show.

Ms Mordaunt, born in 1973, was in the House of Commons today and spoke at Prime Minister's Questions as her participation in the show was being announced by ITV.

In 2011 she topped a website poll of the sexiest female MPs, while Zac Goldsmith was the top male.

A one-time magician's assistant, she entered Parliament at the 2010 general election and has trained as a Royal Navy reservist.

Splash! sees a batch of celebrities in a knockout competition to impress with their high diving skills under the guidance of Olympic bronze medallist Daley.

Ms Mordaunt said: ''I have the elegance and drive of a paving slab, but my navy training has certainly given me the guts to take on the challenge head on.

''Not only is Splash! a great personal development experience but it also seemed like the perfect way to fund raise for a charity I'm very passionate about - the Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth which is being renovated by the community. I will be donating my fee for the programme to assist with the renovations.''

Also taking part in her heat on January 18 will be comedian Patrick Monahan and The Only Way Is Essex's Dan Osbourne.

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9:55pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Zexagon says...

Fred's daughter Caroline is way better looking
Fred's daughter Caroline is way better looking Zexagon

11:56pm Wed 8 Jan 14

The Mad Dog says...

No story here.
Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities.
There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting.
Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts.
No story here. Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities. There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting. Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts. The Mad Dog

11:32am Thu 9 Jan 14

Irate Wintonian says...

The Mad Dog wrote:
No story here. Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities. There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting. Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts.
Is one of the most rubbish of the 'celebrity reality' gameshows ever devised.

Will not be watching this or the equally awful skating thing. Bring back decent Sat night TV.

I really hate to say it, but even Noel's House Party was better than the current sh!te on offer.
[quote][p][bold]The Mad Dog[/bold] wrote: No story here. Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities. There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting. Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts.[/p][/quote]Is one of the most rubbish of the 'celebrity reality' gameshows ever devised. Will not be watching this or the equally awful skating thing. Bring back decent Sat night TV. I really hate to say it, but even Noel's House Party was better than the current sh!te on offer. Irate Wintonian

2:35pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Writers Cramp says...

The Mad Dog wrote:
No story here.
Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities.
There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting.
Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts.
I entirely agree with you. Such a big media fuss, condemning Ms Maudant.
How many MP's do voluntary work IN THEIR OWN TIME (not in employment time) let alone raise substantial amounts for a local charity of their choice.
a) She is doing it in HER OWN TIME
b) She appears to put in the hours doing parliamentary and constituency work
c) She is not benefitting personally
d) She has the heart to see a local charity who will benefit

She is not my local MP, but I wish my local MP would openly devote time to fundraising initiatives for a local charity - even though he recently wrote to me saying he did not realise the great need for food banks in his area !

To all those knocking Ms Maudant's exploits - please stop.
[quote][p][bold]The Mad Dog[/bold] wrote: No story here. Interviewed tonight on TV, has cleared with the 'party whip', will not be away from her constituency or Parliament, will be doing it in her own time and is giving all monies she receives to charities. There are links on her own website to donate money to the lido or the other charities she is supporting. Just saying, that is all. Not my party, not my MP, not my type either. Fair play to her for her efforts.[/p][/quote]I entirely agree with you. Such a big media fuss, condemning Ms Maudant. How many MP's do voluntary work IN THEIR OWN TIME (not in employment time) let alone raise substantial amounts for a local charity of their choice. a) She is doing it in HER OWN TIME b) She appears to put in the hours doing parliamentary and constituency work c) She is not benefitting personally d) She has the heart to see a local charity who will benefit She is not my local MP, but I wish my local MP would openly devote time to fundraising initiatives for a local charity - even though he recently wrote to me saying he did not realise the great need for food banks in his area ! To all those knocking Ms Maudant's exploits - please stop. Writers Cramp

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