Matt Hancock candidly shares his opinion on the current UK political situation with I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmates, before once again dodging the next Bushtucker trial.
The 44-year-old former health secretary, who controversially joined the ITV reality show when he arrived late last week, completed six consecutive trials before Tuesday night’s episode.
During a discussion among celebrity contestants about missing out on the UK news, presenter and property expert Scarlette Douglas said: “I wonder if Rishi is still in charge.”
Hancock replied, “Yes, he will.”
As the talk turned to UK politics, soap star Sue Cleaver asked Hancock for his opinion on former prime minister Liz Truss’ short tenure as prime minister, saying: “You think what happened, Matt?”
“In a way, they were unlucky, in that global interest rates all went up at the same time they also… put out a financial statement where you say, ‘We’re going to do all the expensive stuff. these and we’re not going to say how we’re going to pay for them,'” Hancock said.
Cleaver, 59, asks: “Where is she now?”
Hancock replied: “Her political career is over. There is no ambiguity.”
Speaking to the Bush Telegraph, Hancock added: “There, I sat in the comfortable red chair and felt like I was in the role of Mastermind when I was asked all these questions.”
Journalist and broadcaster Charlene White also participated in questioning Hancock, asking the West Suffolk MP: “Why do you think members of the Tory Party chose less experienced people…”
“I think it’s all about Boris (Johnson) getting kicked out,” Hancock said. It’s all about people seeing Rishi holding the knife against Boris.
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White, 42, continued: “So one could argue that they decided to punish the whole country by putting someone less experienced in their place?”
Hancock then replied: “That implies an evil motive, that’s not fair. But they certainly see disloyalty to Boris as a negative, a bigger factor…”
Comedian Seann Walsh, who also arrived late to the woods with Hancock, then asked: “Are you a Boris extremist?”
Hancock replied: “Look, I’m very supportive of him, but the time has come. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go.
Referring to former prime minister Mr Johnson’s return to the UK from holiday shortly after Ms Truss’s resignation, White asked: “When he flew back from a holiday in the Caribbean, what was your first thought? ?”
Hancock revealed: “I texted him and I said, ‘You know, I think you’re great but this isn’t your time. The best thing for the country is that you should support Rishi and we should put him in place as soon as possible’.”
Later on in the show, Hancock showed her more playful side as being taught a dance by Douglas, 35, and then striding through the Australian woods to the delight of her campmates.
To entertain themselves, the celebs staged a catwalk show in which the politician paced awkwardly around the camp, after which Chris Moyles said: “Honestly, now now. he definitely left politics, right?”
Elsewhere in the episode, it’s revealed that Moyles, 48, has received the most votes from the public, meaning he’ll be taking on the next Bushtucker test, Boiling Point.
Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly announced the news to the camp at the end of Tuesday night’s performance.
When he heard he had been chosen by the British public to face the challenge, the radio presenter looked worried but told his camp mates: “I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine.”
The news comes after Moyles joined the trial of the previous Bushtucker, Angel of Agony, along with Boy George and Babatunde Aleshe.
During the test, Boy George, 61, chanted as he navigated a box full of creatures to find a star, the trio had to try to calm down and ended up winning only three of the 11 stars. available.
Moyles became increasingly agitated by the creatures that fell on him as the trial progressed, saying, “Why am I wearing shorts.”
I Am A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Virgin Media ITV.
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