Matt Hancock opened up about what goes on behind closed doors in Parliament as he explains how a cabinet reshuffle on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
On Thursday’s episode of the reality show, the former health minister was questioned by campmate and radio DJ Chris Moyles about the inner workings of Westminster and how an MP can move between offices cabinet without prior experience in the region.
Hancock is currently an MP for West Suffolk and has faced criticism from opposition politicians, from her own party, and has been given a Tory whip for participating in the reality show at a time when Parliament was sitting.
After Moyles asked how the cabinet reshuffle was going, Hancock said: “I’ll tell you exactly what’s going to happen. It’s reshuffle day and the first thing the Prime Minister does is phone the people he or she is going to fire and invite them into office in the House of Commons.
“That way the camera can’t see them coming and going. Face to face. These are very sensitive conversations.
“Then they go into Downing Street and call people in order of seniority. They have a white board with all the cabinet positions on it and they go from the top down.
“Sometimes people say, ‘No, I don’t want to be Defense Secretary, I want to be Transport Secretary’ and that’s really a reshuffle because they’re moving names on this whiteboard.”
The station’s DJ asked if an MP would receive more money for a cabinet position, to which Hancock confirmed they would if appointed to the government, explaining that it which means they will hold two jobs.
Moyles went on to ask: “But how many MPs have a decent knowledge of defense?”
Hancock replied: “It is not the minister’s job to be an expert on the matter. Of course, you need to get the topic right, but that’s only half the job.
“There are so many transferable skills – running parliament, communicating with the public, making decisions effectively – and then you have subject matter experts advising you on all of these. that.”
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Later in the Bush Telegraph, Hancock said he found the conversation “really interesting” while Moyles was more skeptical of the reform process.
“Now I’m starting to think, to be Minister of Transport, all you need is a car,” he said. And to be Minister of Health, all you need is to breathe.”
The radio host added: “It was very interesting to chat with him, however, he was not interested in me, my life, my work. He’s a funny little fish, isn’t he?”
Elsewhere in the episode, Moyles and Owen Warner teamed up to participate in the Bureau of Savage Classification’s Busktucker Trial.
Having had some low-scoring performances in the past, Moyles is keen to improve his record and put himself to the test.
The pair were tasked with sorting mail to find the coveted gold stars but Warner found himself hanging from a crane in a harness while Moyles had to operate the crane blindfolded and electrocuted every 30 seconds.
Warner had to rummage through mud crabs, eels, snakes and mice for the stars but he missed throwing them in the mailbox, which is how they would win a point.
I can’t help but beat myself up a lot. I’m so hungry and I want to bring the good news but I can’tOwen Warner
They returned to camp having won only one star out of a possible six, and Warner took full responsibility for their poor results, later telling the Bush Telegraph: “I couldn’t help myself. beat myself a lot. I’m so hungry and I want to bring the good news but I can’t.”
However, Hancock, Mike Tindall and Seann Walsh had more success when they were given a nighttime challenge with a chance to win a fry to camp the next morning.
The trio had to work together to assemble different dishes, including creating a “Happy Birthday Kev” shape on a cake and making sausages with items separated from them via screens. .
The team passed quality control and returned home victorious after winning the camp breakfast.
I Am A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Fridays at 9:15pm on ITV1 and ITV Hub
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