An error on the website of online bookmakers Paddy Power has sparked speculation that Vicky Pryce could be about to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house.
The main BB series will draw to a close next week, with the all star version kicking off later in the month and there have been some whispers alluding to the fact that the Greek-born economist – ex-wife of shamed former Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne – will be joining the z list lineup.
A mistake on Paddy Power’s website meant that for a brief period of time yesterday, punters were able to bet on Pryce to be evicted from the BB house and her name was mentioned along with real housemates’ such as Charlie Travers and Hazel O’Sullivan.
Fans of the show were quick to come up with their own conspiracy theories at this point and began to speculate online that the company could have some insider information and the 61-year-old may be gearing up for a reality TV appearance, when the new series begins on Thursday 22nd August.
Pryce is a former Joint Head of the United Kingdom’s Government Economic Service and she hit the headlines last year over allegations that she had accepted driving licence penalty points incurred by Huhne in 2003. Pryce and Huhne were charged with perverting the course of justice and on 7 March 2013, Pryce was convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison.
She and her ex husband qualified for early release though and after serving only two months in prison they were released in May and forced to wear electronic monitoring tags for the rest of the sentence.
Pryce is making the most of the bad situation and has penned a book about her experiences in jail. She is currently promoting her new publication ‘Prisonomics’, which will be released next month and will draw on her own time in prison as well as an analysis of the costs of keeping women in prison.
Celebrity Big Brother bosses do like to court the controversial political figures and caused a bit of a furore when they added Sally Bercow, the wife of House of Commons speaker John, to the lineup of their show two years ago.
And who can forget the cat antics of George Galloway – currently the MP for Bradford West – when he was inside with Rula Lenska? Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan also appeared on the 2009 series, while it still aired on Channel 4.
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