Nadine Dorries has told Sky News she enjoys being an independent politician after having the Conservative whip suspended.
Ms Dorries upset her party when she left her Mid Bedfordshire constituency to spend three weeks in Australia while taking part in I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!
The outspoken politician insisted she would be allowed back into the Tory Party, but she also claimed she was revelling in her new-found freedom.
The 55-year-old said: "It's quite nice being independent at the moment, actually."
Ms Dorries, a fierce critic of Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, had a Commons showdown with Conservative Chief Whip Sir George Young last week over her decision to abandon her constituents.
Their talks were adjourned and a decision on her future is expected to be announced later this month.
There had been speculation that Ms Dorries could leave the party and stand for UKIP at the next General Election.
But she told Sky News' Murnaghan show: "I am quite sure, confident, that I should get the whip back very shortly."
When she was asked what would happen if Sir George refused to reinstate the whip, she replied: "We will cross that bridge when come to it."
Ms Dorries faced a barrage of criticism when she flew to Australia to join the ITV1 reality show.
She chewed on a lamb's testicle and an ostrich's anus in the notorious Bushtucker Trials before she was evicted in a public vote.