Now Rishi Sunak swipes at Matt Hancock over his decision to go on I’m A Celebrity


Rishi Sunak has blasted Matt Hancock for his decision to join I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

The former Health Secretary sparked a backlash which has seen him ridiculed and even booted out of the parliamentary Tory party.

Defending his shock decision, father-of-three Mr Hancock insisted that by flying to Australia he can ‘go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster’.

But in a sting rebuke tonight, Mr Sunak said he was ‘disappointed’ and warned that Mr Hancock risked alienating his West Suffolk constituents.

The Prime Minister told The Sun: ‘I think politics is a noble profession, at its best – it can and should be. But it’s incumbent on politicians to earn people’s respect and trust. They do that by working hard for their constituents, as the vast majority of MPs do. That is why I was very disappointed with Matt’s decision. The vast majority of MPs are really hard-working – they got into it because they want to make a difference for their communities.

‘Most MPs spend their time street by street, constituent by constituent, trying to make a difference, that’s what my colleagues do. That’s really special and why I was disappointed with what Matt did.’

Rishi Sunak has blasted Matt Hancock for his decision to join I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Rishi Sunak has blasted Matt Hancock for his decision to join I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Defending his shock decision, father-of-three Mr Hancock insisted that by flying to Australia he can 'go to where the people are - not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster'

But in a sting rebuke tonight, Mr Sunak said he was 'disappointed' and warned that Mr Hancock risked alienating his West Suffolk constituents

Defending his shock decision, father-of-three Mr Hancock insisted that by flying to Australia he can ‘go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster’. But in a sting rebuke tonight, Mr Sunak said he was ‘disappointed’ and warned that Mr Hancock risked alienating his West Suffolk constituents

Mr Hancock, who was forced to quit Boris Johnson ‘s Government after he was caught flouting his own Covid lockdown rules with his married aide Gina Coladangelo, previously said: ‘While there will undoubtedly be those who think I shouldn’t go, I think it’s a great opportunity to talk directly to people who aren’t always interested in politics, even if they care very much about how our country’s run.

‘It’s our job as politicians to go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster. There are many ways to do the job of being an MP. Whether I’m in camp for one day or three weeks, there are very few places people will be able to see a politician as they really are.

‘So, the truth is, I haven’t lost my marbles or had one too many pina coladas. It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to. I was elected by the people, and it’s important to engage with voters, especially younger voters, no matter where they are, and show the human side of politicians.’

The news follows reports that Matt ‘angered’ bosses of SAS: Who Dares Wins after signing up to I’m A Celebrity. However, he is said to have already agreed to compete Celebrity SAS in September for the next series which will air in 2023.

Matt Hancock insisted he hadn't lost his 'marbles or had one too many pina coladas' following his announcement he was joining the show

Matt Hancock insisted he hadn’t lost his ‘marbles or had one too many pina coladas’ following his announcement he was joining the show

Matt Hancock is ‘looking for a change of career’ by entering I’m A Celebrity and is NOT motivated by massive pay cheque, jungle veteran Lembit Opik says

Mr Opik, who starred in the ITV show in 2010, said that he doesn’t think the rumoured £400,000 appearance fee is the former health secretary’s ‘main motivation’.

Mr Hancock, who has recently filmed Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, will star in both the ITV and Channel 4 reality TV shows.

Mr Opik, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire, told Times Radio: ‘I suspect the one-off payment isn’t the main motivation for Hancock.

‘I think he’s probably doing a career change here. If not, it’ll probably be changed for him anyway now. 

Mr Hancock has been isolating at a top-secret location in Queensland, Australia, and is believed to have round-the-clock security.

He is set to make his entrance in camp midweek alongside comedian and former Strictly star Seann Walsh, 36.

Before his departure, the West Suffolk MP said that he felt he could make the journey because the government is stable under Rishi Sunak.

He said he spoke to whips ‘in the same way any MP would when going on a foreign visit’ and added that he  can support Rishi and the Government in ‘different ways’.

He said: ‘As an MP, my first priority is to my constituents. I have agreed with the show’s producers that I can be reached at any point on any urgent constituency matters.

‘While my excellent team in West Suffolk will continue to oversee matters relating to the constituency, like they already do when I’m in Westminster.

‘As soon as my time in camp is up, I will return to Suffolk to hold a surgery where I will catch up with my constituents and discuss matters of concern.’

A probe is being launched into whether he should receive his taxpayer-funded £84,144 salary while in the jungle, as questions are raised over whether he followed the rules on seeking jobs within two years of leaving office.

Mr Hancock did not seek advice from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) before agreeing to the appearance, the PA news agency understands.

Lord Pickles, the Conservative chairman of the anti-corruption watchdog that advises on post-ministerial jobs, is expected to write to Mr Hancock to demand clarification.

Under the rules, Mr Hancock should seek clearance from Acoba for any new employment or appointments he takes on until next June.

A spokesman for Mr Hancock said the guidance ‘was followed in good faith’, adding: ‘The Acoba website clearly states that it does not regard media appearances as an appointment or employment.’

But the website only says that ‘one-off’ activities are not applicable, with any ‘longer-term arrangement’ needing a request to Acoba.

Depending on how he fairs during public votes, Mr Hancock could remain in the jungle for weeks.

Rishi Sunak said: 'Most MPs spend their time street by street, constituent by constituent, trying to make a difference, that's what my colleagues do. That's really special and why I was disappointed with what Matt did.'

Rishi Sunak said: ‘Most MPs spend their time street by street, constituent by constituent, trying to make a difference, that’s what my colleagues do. That’s really special and why I was disappointed with what Matt did.’

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Hancock’s I’m A Celeb ‘special treatment’: Ex-Health Secretary is given access to phone and laptop during isolation before going into the jungle – while his co-stars were stripped of technology

By SARAH PACKER, CHIEF SHOWBIZ REPORTER, IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA FOR MAILONLINE

Matt Hancock could find himself embroiled in a row with his I’m A Celebrity campmates after receiving special treatment during his isolation period ahead of entering the jungle.

The Daily Mail can reveal the former Health Secretary, 44, was granted permission to use his phone ‘to carry on working’ as part of a deal he struck with ITV bosses.

Mr Hancock, who lost the Tory whip last week when it was announced he was joining the cast of the show, also has access to his laptop.

He has even been allowed to speak to his personal adviser via Zoom, despite his co-stars having their devices confiscated and being banned from contacting the outside world.

Matt Hancock could find himself embroiled in a row with his I'm A Celebrity campmates after receiving special treatment during his isolation period ahead of entering the jungle

Matt Hancock could find himself embroiled in a row with his I’m A Celebrity campmates after receiving special treatment during his isolation period ahead of entering the jungle

A source told the Daily Mail: ‘Matt has been given a different arrangement during his isolation period to the other contestants. He has been allowed his phone and laptop so that he can carry on working and keep in touch with his constituents.’

The Mail revealed last week that Mr Hancock’s girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, 45, will be flying out to Australia to support his stint.

The source added: ‘The only option for the rest of the cast is to have one designated family member or friend from back home to receive updates on their welfare via a chaperone.

‘Some feel he has been given preferential treatment ahead of his time on the show, especially as stars such as Charlene [White] have found the isolation process extremely difficult and emotionally draining.’

The Daily Mail can reveal the former Health Secretary was granted permission to use his phone 'to carry on working' as part of a deal he struck with ITV bosses

The Daily Mail can reveal the former Health Secretary was granted permission to use his phone ‘to carry on working’ as part of a deal he struck with ITV bosses 

Mr Hancock’s special access could be a point of contention with his campmates, with ITV newsreader Miss White, 42, previously describing the quarantine process as ‘absolute torture.’ 

The Loose Women star, who struggled to hold back tears as she spoke ahead of Sunday night’s launch show, admitted she couldn’t look at photos of her two children – Alfie, five, and Florence, three – because she was yearning for them so much. 

‘I have been trying really hard not to look at their pictures, because I know that it will get me all emotional,’ she said.

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, 48, described isolating as ‘psychologically fascinating.’ 

Mr Hancock has been isolating at a top-secret location in Queensland, Australia, and is believed to have round-the-clock security.

He is set to make his entrance in camp midweek alongside comedian and former Strictly star Seann Walsh, 36.

Mr Hancock's special access could be a point of contention with his campmates, with ITV newsreader Miss White previously describing the quarantine process as 'absolute torture'

Mr Hancock’s special access could be a point of contention with his campmates, with ITV newsreader Miss White previously describing the quarantine process as ‘absolute torture’ 

Charlene, who struggled to hold back tears as she spoke ahead of Sunday night's launch show, admitted she couldn't look at photos of her two children because she was yearning for them so much in isolation

Charlene, who struggled to hold back tears as she spoke ahead of Sunday night’s launch show, admitted she couldn’t look at photos of her two children because she was yearning for them so much in isolation 

The former health secretary said he signed up to the popular ITV series to raise awareness of dyslexia.

He has vowed to give a portion of his fee to charities supporting the cause.

Last week The Sun claimed Mr Hancock could annoy his future campmates by being greedy with food. 

He reportedly irritated his SAS: Who Dares Wins co-stars over his ‘selfish’ food habits during mealtimes on the Channel 4 series. 

A source said: ‘It was clear he wasn’t a team player. Matt looks after number one first, and he’s bound to annoy his I’m A Celebrity cast mates when he does the same thing in the jungle.’

A spokesman for Mr Hancock said: ‘Matt does not have his personal phone at all and any laptop access is for constituency and zoom work purposes only while in quarantine.

‘Matt does not have general internet access. It has been agreed that Matt will be informed about any urgent constituency matter.’

The Mail revealed last week that Mr Hancock's girlfriend Gina Coladangelo will be flying out to Australia to support his stint in the jungle

The Mail revealed last week that Mr Hancock’s girlfriend Gina Coladangelo will be flying out to Australia to support his stint in the jungle 



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