Penny vows she won’t be stepping out in bikini

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CITY MP Penny Mordaunt insists she won’t be wearing a skimpy outfit when it comes to her turn in the spotlight on Splash!.

Ms Mordaunt intends to wear a swimsuit inspired by what was worn at Hilsea Lido back in its heyday.

It comes after TV producers warned celebrities to steer clear of bikinis – to prevent any embarrassment.

‘We’ve been able to say what we would like to wear and then they go away and design it,’ she said.

‘I wanted something that was lido-themed.

‘Expect to see something that someone might have worn at the lido in a heyday. It’s not a modern design, so as a consequence is quite secure.’

Changing Rooms star Linda Barker and TV presenter Charlotte Jackson both suffered bikini slips after diving off the platform on the ITV show last year.

None of this year’s celebrities have worn bikinis so far.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘In series one, there were quite a few bosoms and bottoms on show, because diving in a two-piece is not a good plan.

‘So this year they’ve gone for stuff that is not going to disintegrate on impact.

‘I wish I was the same shape as I was when I was 18 but I’m not.

‘I would need a shoehorn and some talcum powder to get into those outfits now.’

The Portsmouth North MP also defended her decision to take part in the TV contest and insisted that she did not want to be famous.

‘There have been suggestions that I shouldn’t be appearing in a swimsuit.

‘I don’t know whether people had visions that I’d be jumping off the boards with strategically-placed rosettes.

‘I’m not wearing things that are overly revealing.

‘For training I’m wearing sporty gear and I’m wearing something majorly sturdy in the competition.’

‘I’m dreading some of the footage which will spring up, with me with no make-up on and bruises.

‘You look a mess.

‘It’s not glamorous and it’s not a beauty contest.’

This week’s edition of Splash! also features contestants including singer Paul Young, model Danielle O’Hara – wife of former Pompey midfielder Jamie O’Hara – and Dan Osbourne from The Only Way is Essex.