With I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here starting on November 6, we finally have the official list of who is bracing Australia’s outback this year. Most years we see a former British politician grace our screens, and this year is no different. Matt Hancock spoke with The Sun on the true reason why he is on this year’s show.
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‘Go to where the people are’
Talking exclusively to The Sun Hancock explained that his job as a politician is ‘to go where the people are’ which in this case, according to him, is on reality TV as it would give him the opportunity to talk directly with the public.
The former Health Secretary admitted that others have said that he shouldn’t take part in the show but he believes this is the best way to connect with those that don’t take an interest in politics but still ‘care very much about how our country’s run.’
Hancock’s appearance comes at a price
It would seem that the politician’s decision to head to the Australian outback has come at a price. According to the BBC, Hancock has been suspended as a Conservative MP due to his appearance on reality TV.
The Conservative chief whip made the decision to suspend Hancock as his appearance was ‘serious enough’.
Hancock’s former Party colleagues have the same view on the matter. MP Tim Loughton has called Hancock an ‘absolute prat’ and told Time Radio:
I'm completely disappointed and disgusted that he's put himself and his so-called celebrity career ahead of serving his constituents
A source close to Hancock said that the former Health Secretary plans to promote his campaign for dyslexia whilst in the jungle.
Matt doesn't expect to serve in government again, so it's an incredible opportunity for him to engage with the 12 million Brits who tune in every single night.
Matt has told the whips in Parliament and he will use his time in the jungle to promote his dyslexia campaign.
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