Meet Matt Hancock: I'm a Celebrity 2022 contestant and former Health Secretary
The politician has swapped Westminster for the Australian jungle.
In a surprise to many I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! viewers, the jungle's late entry - MP Matt Hancock - is still going strong.
After entering the main camp alongside comedian Seann Walsh, fans of the ITV series have seen him face his fears in plenty of Bushtucker Trials, attempt to learn to dance, and even sing a song at the Jungle Arms.
And it appears to be going down well with the viewing public, as since the vote-offs started, Matt has been saved.
As we wait to find out how long he'll remain in camp, here's your guide to Matt Hancock's career and controversies - and why his jungle appearance has been ruffling feathers.
Who is Matt Hancock?
You would have been living under a rock if you hadn't heard of Matt Hancock - and not always for positive reasons.
The controversial I'm a Celebrity contestant has been a serving member of the Conservative party since 2010.
In 2018, Hancock was appointed Health Secretary by Theresa May, a position he held until 2021.
But it was in the pandemic that Hancock became a firm fixture on our TV screens, advising the public on social distancing and other COVID regulations.
However, Hancock came under fire in June 2021 when it emerged that he had been violating his own social distancing guidelines while engaging in an affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo. Hancock then split from his wife of 15 years, Martha Hoyer Millar.
Hancock has since hit the headlines again after it emerged he would be entering the I'm a Celebrity jungle this year.
Following the news, Hancock lost the Conservative Party whip, and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has spoken out against his decision.
A spokesperson for Sunak said: "The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country, MPs should be working hard for their constituents in the House or in their constituencies.
"The public, when they elect their MPs, expect them to work hard for their constituency."
What has Matt Hancock said about joining I'm a Celebrity?
After the news broke that Matt would be heading into the Aussie jungle as a late arrival, he broke his silence on his decision to sign up to the reality show and slammed his critics.
Matt said that it had nothing to do with the pay cheque and that, instead, he wanted to use his time on screen to connect with voters.
In a column for The Sun, he wrote: "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."
Matt also said that he thought I'm a Celebrity would give him a great platform to discuss something else very close to his heart - dyslexia.
In the same column, he opened up about his own diagnosis aged 18 and how he's been working tirelessly to raise more awareness ever since.
He continued: "I want to raise the profile of my dyslexia campaign to help every dyslexic child unleash their potential — even if it means taking an unusual route to get there... via the Australian jungle! I’m a Celebrity... is watched by millions of Brits up and down the country."
Just before he left for camp, Matt once again defended his decision to take part in the reality show.
He said: "Lots of people have a view on me from being Health Secretary in the pandemic dealing with some very difficult issues, but that’s not the whole story."
Hancock added: "I am looking forward to throwing myself into it all like I do everything in life. You can’t hide anything in the jungle, you see somebody warts and all.”
The politician, who has already been voted to do Bush Tucker trials, also revealed this would come as no surprise to him.
He said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up doing some of the trials! I am hoping I can win some stars for the camp, but most of all I am looking forward to being myself."
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