Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver questioned how sincere her campmate Matt Hancock was on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! tropical forest.
When the West Suffolk congressman left camp to complete a challenge with Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner on Saturday’s episode of the reality show, the topic turned to the contestants’ feelings toward him.
Earlier in the series, Hancock admitted to his campmates that he had made a “mistake” and regretted the actions that led to him resigning as health secretary and one of the biggest acts of crime. His effort on being on the show was to find “a little bit of forgiveness.” from the public.
Speaking of her perception of Hancock, Cleaver said: “In his world, he’s smart but he’s not wise in other ways. He doesn’t live in the same world.
“I mean, I was really trying to like being open, talkative, kind and everything. I always felt like something wasn’t quite right.
“I find it hard to get over that, at a time when he was doing the whole thing and he said he was really emotional and he said ‘I’m here to ask for forgiveness,’ I really do. thought he was being honest and I hugged him.
“And then I want to be nice, I want to be friendly, I want to do all the right things but I don’t believe I’m getting anything genuine.
“How we managed to try and see him on a human level, and still there are times when it’s not easy, I think, because in the end if you don’t agree with what he did, but we all came. through that and we’re a team and he’s part of the team too.
Radio DJ Chris Moyles added: “I believe a lot of the politicians you see on TV and radio are members of the big boys club, it’s career politics, they don’t talk the very polished thing about making a difference for everyone. all aim to advance their political careers and what they can gain from it.
“And when I had that thought, and then I met someone like Matt Hancock, I was like… my back went up immediately.”
Comedian Seann Walsh disagreed with Lioness Jill Scott, who said she felt Hancock might be “a little absent-minded”, adding: “That man, he’s undeterred by anything here. , whether it’s a lizard jumping in his face, or someone saying something.
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“I think all I choose to do is see them for who they are here in the jungle and here I think it’s best to get through this as a big team.”
Hancock has faced criticism from opposition politicians and from his own party for being on the show, with the Tory whip being suspended.
On Tuesday, campaigners hung a banner over the My Am Celebrity campsite, which read: “Covid loved ones get out of here!”
A spokesperson for Hancock has previously said that the MP hopes to raise awareness of his dyslexia campaign while in the woods.
Elsewhere in the episode, the campmates tested their relationship further after having to answer personal questions about each other during the latest Bushtucker trial.
The Partner Challenge in Grime sees the remaining 10 contestants take part in a Mr and Mrs style quiz, each of whom will be paired together for 30 minutes to learn everything they can about each other.
Hancock paired up with Walsh, and as they prepared, the congressman revealed to Walsh his failed arctic adventure, saying: “I tried to get to the North Pole… failed. I have frostbite in my fingers. I still have arthritis there.”
Reflecting on his other pursuits outside of Congress, he added: “I rode a winner at Newmarket. I trained to be a jockey. Frankie Dettori taught me to ride a horse.”
As one of their two questions, Hancock was asked which Disney cartoon character Walsh had a strange crush on, and he said Bambi from the children’s cartoon about a deer.
Walsh is shocked by Hancock’s answer and informs him that it is in fact the Little Mermaid. Hancock then correctly answered that Walsh’s dog was named Mildred Barrett.
The challenge also revealed that Mike Tindall had broken his nose 8 times, his teammate Cleaver didn’t answer correctly, but she guessed his nickname during his football career was Magic Mike.
The team collected all 10 stars with Walsh noting the importance of the full set, saying: “Yesterday we had two and now a full house and we will have a full tonight.”
Following the first departure of Loose Women star Charlene White, Hancock was appointed to take on the role of camp cook.
Camp leader Tindall assigned the mission, saying: “My first thought was Matt, the dunny’s job only takes two minutes, so I thought three missions would be easier.”
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly also revealed that the next celebrity will be eliminated on Sunday’s episode.
A representative for Hancock has been contacted.
I Am A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues at 9pm Sunday on ITV1 and ITV Hub.
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