Distraction from Boris?

Under-fire politician's dad enters I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here

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Labour ups the ante on Boris Johnson over British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Iran

8:20am 13th November 2017

(Updated 10:37am 13th November 2017)

Labour is tabling an urgent question to parliament on the British mother held prisoner in an Iranian jail, sources have told Sky News.

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been under sustained pressure after making comments that could prolong Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's sentence.

He told MPs the 38-year-old was in Iran to train journalists despite her family's claim she was in the country to visit relatives with her daughter.

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Could Stanley be an embarrassment or an asset to Boris?

By Diane Cooke

While his son Boris was laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London for Remembrance Sunday, Stanley Johnson was preparing for his stint Down Under.

The press believes that the father of six could be an embarrassment to his son at a time of political turmoil, when Jeremy Corbyn is calling for his resignation over a gaffe relating to a British mother jailed in Iran.

Indeed, Stanley's views on Brexit seem to be a moveable feast. Last month he said he now supported Britain leaving the EU over fears about Jean-Claude Juncker's expansionist vision - but his shift comes after campaigning against his son.

In the run-up to the referendum, Mr Johnson, also father to journalist Rachel and Tory MP Jo, repeatedly attacked the foreign secretary's stance on Brexit, saying staying in the bloc was crucial for stopping climate change.

But he later backed leave after claiming a recent speech by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker convinced him the EU was moving 'at an ever-increasing speed in a direction we really don’t want to go'.

The press may believe that Stanley could be an embarrassment to Boris, but equally he could act as an amusing distraction from his son's woes and even garner some support for the beleagured foreign secretary.

It is believed that ITV producers hope that Mr Johnson, who was Conservative MP for Wight & Hampshire East 1979 to 1984, will provoke political debate with other campers, reports the Mirror.

According to The Telegraph I'm a Celebrity's producers have been wanting to make the programme more political for some time.

Last year they reportedly offered Nigel Farage a £750k sum to take part.

At the time, Ukip said there was no way Mr Farage would ever take part, because he is not a "blithering idiot".

It appears producers managed to finally find a politician ready to enter the jungle.

A whole string of celebs have already arrived in Australia, with YouTuber Jack Maynard the first to land last week.

He was followed by former footballer Dennis Wise, ex-Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas and The Saturdays’ Vanessa White. Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo has also arrived, along with Corrie’s Jennie McAlpine and boxer Amir Khan.

I’m A Celebrity kicks off on ITV on Sunday, November 19 at 9pm.

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