I used to be a celebrity… Get me out of here! Winner Georgia Toffolo criticized Matt Hancock for signing up for the reality show and said she “never felt more ashamed of the Conservative Party”.
His Made In Chelsea star, 28, is said to have been a member of the Tory Party since she was a teenager and formed an unlikely friendship with Stanley, father of former prime minister Boris Johnson when They were campmates in the woods in 2017.
Appearing on This Morning on Friday with other former contestants Peter Andre and Jake Quickenden to discuss the upcoming series that begins Sunday, Toffolo is the latest to target the former health secretary for attending join the program while Congress is sitting.
When asked about her views on Hancock’s involvement, she admitted that she’s normally pretty “soft” on the Tories but said: “I think this is embarrassing.”
Referring to Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt being on the previous reality series ITV’s Splash!, she continued: “I think someone like Penny Mordaunt was and was doing Splash years ago in 2014, she donated her entire fee to the local lido which saved the lido – awesome.
“What Matt is doing is I think really showing the country that the man whose job it is to keep our health in check is going through a pandemic, not only cheating on his wife and getting arrested, he’s now ignoring him. their loved ones. come to Australia to make loads of money in one show and show it off in front of people who have lost so many loved ones and gone through the most horrible pain.
“I have never been more ashamed of the Conservative Party.”
Hancock, 44, was forced out of her job as health secretary in June 2021 after breaking coronavirus social distancing rules by having an affair in her department office with aide Gina Coladangelo.
After it was reported he had signed up for the reality show earlier this week, the West Suffolk MP suspended the Tory whip and drew criticism from across the political divide.
Hancock previously told The Sun he wanted to use the “incredible background” on the show to raise awareness about dyslexia and insisted it was “not the check” that made him decide to join the show. join the program.
Leading figures at organizations specializing in dyslexia say they are grateful to the former cabinet minister for his work raising awareness of learning difficulties and welcome a platform for justice .
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In Friday’s Good Morning Britain episode, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Defending champion Danny Miller also warned Hancock that he should expect the public to use him as a “toy” before voting him off the show.
The actor, known for his role as Aaron Livesy on the ITV soap channel Emmerdale and being crowned King of the Castle in the 2021 series in Wales, predicts viewers will vote for the Tory MP to join all the casts. the show’s extreme eating challenge.
He said: “I think he just has to accept the fact that he is going to be everyone’s toy.
“Last year, unfortunately, Naughty Boy got it because he did a (challenge) first and he was so much fun and then everyone said, ‘Naughty Boy, Naughty Boy, Naughty Boy !’.
“This year, I think no matter how entertaining he is, he needs to accept that what he’s put us through, I think the public will say, ‘This is what we’re going to put. you pass’.
“And when they’re done with him, they’ll get rid of him, I think,” he added.
In the 2021 series, the public has repeatedly voted for music producer Naughty Boy to participate in the show’s so-called Bushtucker Trials.
When asked about his favorites to win this year’s series, Miller replied, “I want to think of Sue Cleaver, Boy George and Jill Scott. They are my prediction for three finals. “
Ten contestants have officially been confirmed for the show so far, plus Hancock, who is expected to be one of two surprise campers in the days following its premiere.
Miller joked that the unannounced final name could be former prime minister Boris Johnson.
He said: “I’ve heard certain things about who it could be and if it was it would be brilliant.”
Asked who he was, he replied: “I can’t tell you that. It’s Boris Johnson! “
Also among the celebrities taking part in the Australian jungle are rugby player Mike Tindall, pop star Boy George and former Love Island contestant Olivia Attwood.
On Friday, co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly shared a selfie on their joint Instagram account from aboard a boat heading to a small town.
The duo, who filmed scenes around the Gold Coast in Queensland, captioned the post: “Time to meet the celebrities.”
Mr Hancock’s representative has been contacted for comment.
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