Well done Penny - now can we have Caroline in TOWIE?

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Well done to Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, who’s got the bottle to appear on national TV in a swimsuit and dive from a 10-metre board. Two things the vast majority of people would never have the courage to do.

Yes, you hear the odd boring, cynical comment about how she should be looking after her constituents and not appearing on a TV show.

But I think MPs need to be doing more of this kind of thing. They need to be seen as fun-loving, normal people, not stuffy old figures.

Penny is making MPs seem more accessible. Now I’m wondering if my MP Caroline Dinenage fancies appearing in The Only Way Is Essex or Geordie Shores, innit!