Matt Hancock suspended as Tory MP after joining I’m A Celebrity 2022

Ant and Dec are going to have an absolute field day this year. 'Evening, former health minister...'

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In an incredible turn of events, the former health secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly been suspended as a Conservative MP after apparently agreeing to join the cast of I’m A Celebrity 2022.

Filed firmly under headlines we never thought we’d write.

After numerous reports of the official lineup for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2022 began trickling in last week, the BBC has confirmed that Hancock will “swap representing his constituents at Westminster for eating bugs in the jungle” and we, for one, cannot wait to see what that looks like.

Former chief whip Simon Hart said the decision to join the reality TV show while still serving as an MP “is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”

The deputy chairman of his constituency’s Conservative Association seems to be more excited by the prospect of him joining the reality show.


Meanwhile, others have been less impressed by the decision by ITV producers, with journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunt noting that “it says something when Matt Hancock has the whip removed more quickly over going on I’m A Celebrity than Chris Pincher did” over his sexual misconduct.

Many others echoed similar sentiments:


Sources close to West Suffolk representative state that he “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.” Hancock is apparently using his time in the jungle to promote his dyslexia campaign.

Trying to raise awareness for charity sounds great but he does realise he’s just going to be kept in as long as possible and made to do virtually every single trial, right?

Either way, many have been left angered by the decision to let yet another politician join a reality show when they are supposed to be serving the public, especially in times of struggle like the ongoing cost of living and energy crises.


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Retired or not, the likes of Anne Widdecombe, George Galloway, Ed Balls and many more have appeared on the likes of Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother, while the last Tory MP to appear on the British TV institution was former culture secretary Nadine Dorries, who still remains an MP for Mid Bedfordshire.

Other members of the I’m A Celebrity 2022 cast confirmed so far include pop legend Boy George and recently retired Lionesses veteran, Jill Scott MBE.

You can see the full line-up here.

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