I’m A Celebrity SPOILER: Matt Hancock thrown in at the deep end

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Matt Hancock was thrown in at the deep end as the hapless ex-Health Secretary took on his second Bushtucker Trial in two days.

The former Cabinet minister was pelted with slime while labouring to win a paltry six stars for camp during his controversial debut on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. 

But Mr Hancock was voted by the public to face the Tentacles of Terror as he attempts to save face by winning eleven meals.

A teaser from tonight’s episode of ITV’s hit reality show in the Australian jungle finds the one-time Tory frontbencher floundering in a large tank of water while endeavouring to salvage stars from a variety of submerged, critter-filled cages. 

Wearing a safety hat and goggles, he appears to struggle after bursting to the surface for air, before swimming back into the depths of the murky tank. 

And in a devious twist, the West Suffolk MP is given an increasingly limited opportunity to breathe as the tank slowly sinks into the water – prompting an inevitable joke from the show’s Geordie hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. 

Nightmare: Matt Hancock is thrown in at the deep end on Thursday evening while undertaking his second Bushtucker Trial in as many days

Sinking feeling: Hancock faces the Tentacles of Terror as he attempts to save face - and earn the respect of his dubious campmates - by winning eleven meals

Sinking feeling: Hancock faces the Tentacles of Terror as he attempts to save face – and earn the respect of his dubious campmates – by winning eleven meals

Here we go again: A teaser from Thursday evening's show finds the one-time Tory whip floundering in a large tank of water while endeavouring to salvage stars

Here we go again: A teaser from Thursday evening’s show finds the one-time Tory whip floundering in a large tank of water while endeavouring to salvage stars

Advice: 'Your air hole gets smaller!' Donnelly warned the unpopular MP as he filled his lungs after bobbing to the surface

Advice: ‘Your air hole gets smaller!’ Donnelly warned the unpopular MP as he filled his lungs after bobbing to the surface

Up to his neck in it: Hancock appears to be struggling for breath during his latest trial for camp

Up to his neck in it: Hancock appears to be struggling for breath during his latest trial for camp

Up to his neck in it: Hancock appears to be struggling for breath during his latest trial for camp 

Awkward: The former Health Secretary left campmates stunned on Tuesday evening after arriving alongside comedian Seann Walsh

Awkward: The former Health Secretary left campmates stunned on Tuesday evening after arriving alongside comedian Seann Walsh

‘Your air hole gets smaller!’ Mr Donnelly warned the unpopular MP as he filled his lungs after bobbing to the surface. 

‘What did you call him?’ quipped Mr McPartlin, prompting his co-host to repeat: ‘Air hole.’ 

The former Health Secretary left campmates stunned on Tuesday evening after arriving alongside comedian Seann Walsh, unaware of the controversy his decision to leave his constituents and participate in a game show has inevitably created. 

But after falling at the first hurdle by winning a meagre six meals for camp during his first Bushtucker Trial, Mr Hancock faced a grilling from bemused campmates regarding his surprise appearance in the Australian jungle. 

Already nervous, he appeared to be caught off guard when bluntly asked by TV presenter Scarlette Douglas exactly why he was on the other side of the world. 

Struggling to articulate himself, he said: ‘Politicians are known, and me in particular, for like being very…in a very sort of strict way of being. Which is just not actually how we are. I’m more human than that.’ 

However his reasoning was given short shrift from retired rugby player Mike Tindall, the husband of Princess Zara Phillips. 

‘When he opened his mouth when he was asked why did he come here, all I heard was bulls***, bulls***, bulls***,’ he told campmates later that day. 

Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver appeared to agree, admitting the politician ‘stuck out like a sore thumb.’ 

Bulls**t: Mike Tindall echoed the thoughts of many after Hancock outlined his reasons for appearing on the current series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Bulls**t: Mike Tindall echoed the thoughts of many after Hancock outlined his reasons for appearing on the current series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Tough start: After falling at the first hurdle by winning a meagre six meals for camp during his first Bushtucker Trial, Hancock faced a grilling from bemused campmates

Tough start: After falling at the first hurdle by winning a meagre six meals for camp during his first Bushtucker Trial, Hancock faced a grilling from bemused campmates

Divisive: The on-time Tory whip's decision to enter the jungle has divided campmates

Divisive: The on-time Tory whip’s decision to enter the jungle has divided campmates 

Getting stuck in: Hancock during his first Bushtucker Trial on Wednesday evening

Getting stuck in: Hancock during his first Bushtucker Trial on Wednesday evening 

Speaking out: Hancock admitted that he understood why people might be 'angry' at his decision to join the reality TV show

Speaking out: Hancock admitted that he understood why people might be ‘angry’ at his decision to join the reality TV show

Mike Tindall slams Matt Hancock after stuttering MP claimed he wants people to see his ‘human’ side during divisive stint in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

He might not have known it, but Mike Tindall echoed the thoughts of many after Matt Hancock outlined his reasons for appearing on the current series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The former Health Secretary left campmates stunned on Tuesday evening after arriving alongside comedian Seann Walsh, unaware of the controversy his decision to leave his constituents and participate in a game show has inevitably created.

But after falling at the first hurdle by winning a meagre six meals for camp during his first Bushtucker Trial, Hancock faced a grilling from bemused campmates regarding his surprise appearance in the Australian jungle.

Already nervous, the one-time Tory whip appeared to be caught off guard when bluntly asked by TV presenter Scarlette Douglas exactly why he was on the other side of the world.

Struggling to articulate himself, he said: ‘Politicians are known, and me in particular, for like being very…in a very sort of strict way of being. Which is just not actually how we are. I’m more human than that.’

However his reasoning was given short shrift from retired rugby player Mike Tindall, the husband of Princess Zara Phillips.

‘When he opened his mouth when he was asked why did he come here, all I heard was bulls***, bulls***, bulls***,’ he told campmates later that day.

Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver appeared to agree, admitting the politician ‘stuck out like a sore thumb.’

Mr Hancock’s appearance had already divided the camp, with Boy George visibly emotional after revealing his mother contracted Covid and was hospitalised at the height of the pandemic.

During a conversation with TV presenter and property expert Scarlette Douglas, the Culture Club frontman, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, said: ‘You know, beginning of the pandemic my mum was in hospital.

‘I wasn’t allowed to see her. I thought she was going to die. I was tweeting Greenwich hospital going, ‘Please look after my mum’.

‘I used my name, I was like, ‘Please look after my mum’. And they did, she was fine.

‘I feel like, I don’t want to be sitting here like I’m having fun with him. It’s difficult for me because, you know, had something happened, if my mum had gone, I wouldn’t be here now. I would have gone when he walked in.’

Mr Hancock got covered in slime and cockroaches as he made his I’m A Celebrity debut last night, facing an icy reception from his fellow campmates and being picked by the public to endure a second Bushtucker trial tonight.

The former Health Secretary tried to reassure the camp that ‘Rishi’s great, he’ll be fine’ and ‘stability’ has been restored in politics when they grilled him on his reasons for entering the jungle.

Campmate Charlene White told him: ‘We’ve had stability for all of five minutes Matt’, after he made the claim on the ITV show.

As Hancock prepares for his second Bucktucker trial tonight, crew are reportedly holding a backstage sweepstake including taking bets on how many trials he will have to endure, according to the Sun.

A camp source said: ‘Over the years the crew on I’m A Celeb have seen it all, but it’s fair to say there’s not been a buzz about one of the campmates quite like that around Hancock.

‘The sweepstake is about things like who he will row with, how many trials he will have to do, if he cries but then also how long it will take for another of the campmates to tackle the elephant in the room and mention all the Tory party f**k ups.

‘The money’s on Boy George to destroy him, Charlene to grill him like she’s Piers Morgan and then Chris Moyles and Mike to make him the butt of all the jokes.’

TBEN has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! for comment.

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Politics-watchers joined with regular viewers to see the arrival of Mr Hancock, while some political opponents hit out once again at the MP for his decision to enter the jungle.

The Liberal Democrats’ Twitter account said: ‘Never mind #ImACeleb and trying to win meals for a jungle camp, Matt Hancock should be in the UK, in his office, and delivering for constituents wondering where their next meal will come from. You’re not a celebrity. You’re an MP with a job to do.’

It comes after Wednesday evening during which Mr Hancock, 44, admitted that he understood why people might be ‘angry’ at his decision to join the reality TV show, having come under fire for his decision to join the stars in the Australian jungle.

Rishi Sunak was among those to join the criticism of Mr Hancock, who had the Conservative Party whip removed following the announcement that he would be participating. The Prime Minister said he was ‘very disappointed’ in the MP’s decision.

His move was widely criticised across the political spectrum, coming at a time of political turbulence following the resignation of Liz Truss as prime minister and the re-appointment of a cabinet under new premier Mr Sunak.

As he arrived, stars of the jungle failed to hide their emotions. Chris Moyles quipped that he had to take a second look, while Mike Tindall branded every word out of Mr Hancock’s mouth as ‘bull****’ and Boy George even threatened to leave over his new campmates appearance.

The celebrities didn’t hesitate to quiz Mr Hancock on his reasons for coming to the jungle, with him saying he had something to prove and wanted to show politicians were ‘human’.

Babatúndé Aléshé admitted he was struggling with Mr Hancock’s arrival and explained that it was hard to ‘put his views aside, he said: ‘I’m not saying certain people can’t come into camp…’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues at 9:00pm on ITV1.  

I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP

BOY GEORGE

BOY GEORGE

BOY GEORGE

AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!

CHRIS MOYLES

CHRIS MOYLES

CHRIS MOYLES

AGE: 48

CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ

PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!

SUE CLEAVER

SUE CLEAVER

SUE CLEAVER

AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football

SEANN WALSH

SEANN WALSH

SEANN WALSH

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening! 

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go 

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener! 

DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat! 

MIKE TINDALL

MIKE TINDALL

MIKE TINDALL

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!

OWEN WARNER

OWEN WARNER

OWEN WARNER

AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!

CHARLENE WHITE

CHARLENE WHITE 

CHARLENE WHITE

AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

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ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell

MATT HANCOCK

MATT HANCOCK

MATT HANCOCK

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Politician

PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too

‘A LOT of people in the Commons and the Lords have downloaded the I’m A Celeb app so they can VOTE’, reveals Tory minister Chris Heaton-Harris after Matt Hancock’s jungle debut last night 

A cabinet minister today claimed ‘hundreds’ of MPs and peers have downloaded the I’m a Celebrity app so they can vote for Matt Hancock to face nightly Bushtucker Trials – as ITV staff take bets on how many he’ll do and if he’ll cry.

Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris has revealed just how unpopular the former Health Secretary is at Westminster, admitting this will ‘not be a good thing’ for the West Suffolk MP.

Mr Hancock, who has been thrown out of the Tory Parliamentary Party for going 10,000 miles away from his constituency to appear on the ITV show, got covered in slime, cockroaches and spiders last night. He was also picked by the public to endure a second Bushtucker trial tonight, called Tentacles of Terror.

And in a hint that his colleagues at Westminster have played their part, Mr Heaton-Harris said: ‘I know the format of the show. There’s a lot of people in the House of Commons & House of Lords who’ve downloaded a certain app [I’m a Celeb] so they can vote’. He added that he believed that ‘hundreds’ of MPs and peers have downloaded it.

Mr Heaton-Harris added: ‘I read this morning what he said about how he wants to prove that all MPs are human, and that’s actually, you know, that is true. All MPs are human, but I think we do that every day in our constituencies and what we do in Parliament. He should be here with us voting and debating in Parliament’.

Mr Hancock received an icy reception from his fellow campmates when he arrived with Strictly love rat Seann Walsh yesterday – with Boy George threatening to walk out and Chris Moyles asking ‘what about his constituents?’ ITV newsreader Charlene White also gave him a grilling about his motives and Mike Tindall said: ‘All I heard him say was bulls**t bulls**t bulls**t’. 

The former Health Secretary tried to reassure the camp that ‘Rishi’s great, he’ll be fine’ and ‘stability’ has been restored in politics when they grilled him on his reasons for entering the jungle. Campmate Charlene White told him: ‘We’ve had stability for all of five minutes Matt’. 

As Hancock prepares for his second Bucktucker trial tonight, crew are reportedly holding a backstage sweepstake including taking bets on how many trials he will have to endure, according to the Sun.

'Cringing': ITV viewers were left less than impressed as Matt Hancock sang Ed Sheeran on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! on Wednesday evening's show

Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris has revealed just how unpopular the former Health Secretary is at Westminster, admitting this will 'not be a good thing' for the West Suffolk MP.

‘Cringing’: ITV viewers were left less than impressed as Matt Hancock sang Ed Sheeran on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! on Wednesday evening’s show

The pair completed a Bush Tucker Trial on their first day in the jungle

The pair completed a Bush Tucker Trial on their first day in the jungle

Ant and Dec watch on as Mr Hancock completes the Beastly Burrows Bush Tucker Trial

Ant and Dec watch on as Mr Hancock completes the Beastly Burrows Bush Tucker Trial

It comes after Wednesday evening during which Hancock, 44, admitted that he understood why people might be ‘angry’ at his decision to join the reality TV show, having come under fire for his decision to join the stars in the Australian jungle.  

Rishi Sunak was among those to join the criticism of Mr Hancock, who had the Conservative Party whip removed following the announcement that he would be participating.

The Prime Minister said he was ‘very disappointed’ in the MP’s decision.

His move was widely criticised across the political spectrum, coming at a time of political turbulence following the resignation of Liz Truss as prime minister and the re-appointment of a cabinet under new premier Mr Sunak.

Since Mr Hancock signed up to star in the reality TV show, Mr Sunak has seen cabinet secretary Gavin Williamson resign following a slew of bullying allegations.

Home secretary Suella Braveman has faced questions over her management of Kent-based migrant processing centre Manston, and Mr Sunak has been embroiled in rows over reappointing her to the role following a data breach via her personal emails.

During Wednesday’s show, presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly poked fun at the the West Suffolk MP and wider goings on in UK politics.

At one point Dec said: ‘Now, just 18 months ago, Matt Hancock was a member of of the cabinet. Creating policy, liaising with the Prime Minister, even running his own ministerial department.’

I'm A Celebrity stars have blasted Mr Hancock (pictured) for entering the jungle as he insists that 'Rishi's great, he'll be fine' and 'stability' has been restored in politics

I’m A Celebrity stars have blasted Mr Hancock (pictured) for entering the jungle as he insists that ‘Rishi’s great, he’ll be fine’ and ‘stability’ has been restored in politics

Ms White took the opportunity to grill Mr Hancock and asked him: 'So why did you do it?'

Ms White took the opportunity to grill Mr Hancock and asked him: ‘So why did you do it?’

Mr Sunak seemed to snub former Cabinet minister Matt Hancock (pictured centre) as he arrived at CCHQ, passing straight by as he shook hands with other MPs

Mr Sunak seemed to snub former Cabinet minister Matt Hancock (pictured centre) as he arrived at CCHQ, passing straight by as he shook hands with other MPs

To which Ant added: ‘Now he’s sitting on a log, next to a giant toy mole with a flashing red nose, having just rinsed a load of cockroaches out of his bum crack.’

Dec said: ‘A week really is a long time in politics isn’t it?’

As he arrived, stars of the jungle failed to hide their emotions.

Chris Moyles quipped that he had to take a second look, while Mike Tindall branded every word out of Mr Hancock’s mouth as ‘bull****’ and Boy George even threatened to leave over his new campmates appearance.

The celebrities didn’t hesitate to quiz Mr Hancock on his reasons for coming to the jungle, with him saying he had something to prove and wanted to show politicians were ‘human’.

Babatúndé Aléshé admitted he was struggling with Mr Hancock’s arrival and explained that it was hard to ‘put his views aside, he said: ‘I’m not saying certain people can’t come into camp…’

Mr Hancock said: 'I genuinely think that because we've now got sort of stability that is…'

Mr Hancock said: ‘I genuinely think that because we’ve now got sort of stability that is…’

Surprise surprise! It came as no surprise that Matt was voted by the public to do the gruesome underwater challenge on Thursday night

Surprise surprise! It came as no surprise that Matt was voted by the public to do the gruesome underwater challenge on Thursday night

Later speaking to Owen Warner, he added: It’s hard to kind of like push your views aside, it really is, because of the many people whose lives have been affected.

‘But, at the same time, we’ve got to be welcoming and we’ve got to treat people as humans obviously.’

Sue Cleaver said to Boy George and Mike Tindall about Mr Hancock: ‘He sticks out like a sore thumb.’

Boy George said: ‘I think he’s super nervous though.’

Ms Cleaver said: ‘He must be very nervous…’

Boy George added: ‘I could hear it in his voice.’

In a conversation with fellow campmate Charlene White, the MP for West Suffolk told the journalist and TV presenter he took the decision to join the show because there is now ‘stability’ in UK politics.

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He also praised Mr Sunak, calling him ‘great’.

Mr Hancock told Ms White: ‘If I can use this to sort of peel myself back a bit and just be me, it’s better.’

Newcomers: The shocked stars of the jungle failed to hide their emotions as the former Health Secretary, 44, arrived late alongside comedian Seann Walsh (pictured), 35, and their co-stars soon made their opinions known

Mr Hancock and Mr Walsh completing their first trial in the jungle on Wednesday night 

Mr Hancock washes himself clean after the Bush Tucker Trial on Wednesday night

Mr Hancock washes himself clean after the Bush Tucker Trial on Wednesday night

Mr Hancock on his 'secret mission' during Wednesday night's programme

Mr Hancock on his ‘secret mission’ during Wednesday night’s programme

Undercover moles: They were rewarded with a cherry bakewell each and a flask of tea, before being told their challenge would continue

Undercover moles: They were rewarded with a cherry bakewell each and a flask of tea, before being told their challenge would continue

She replied: ‘But I can imagine it would not have gone down well at all at home? You have to expect that because Parliament is still sitting, we’re not in recess, you know…?’

He told her: ‘I genuinely think that because we’ve now got sort of stability, that is…’

Ms White said: ‘We’ve had stability for all of five minutes Matt.’

Mr Hancock replied: ‘Rishi’s great, he’ll be fine.’

Asked why he joined the show, Mr Hancock said: ‘Because there’s, honest truth, is because there’s so few ways in which politicians can show that we’re human beings, so I just thought it would be good to do that. I’ve got a sense of adventure.’

Ms White asked: ‘So you kind of want people to see you for you?’

M Hancock admitted: ‘I hope so.’

Ms White said in Telegraph: ‘Matt has a tough hill to climb, but he’s put himself on that hill and for me as a journalist, I have to ask him why?’

Asked by Ms White if he could understand if people were not happy about his appearance, he said: ‘I understand that but I also… of course I get that, right. But I also just think that sometimes you’ve got to do things differently.’

Ms White said: ‘I’m not sure going on I’m A Celebrity is the way to do it but you’re doing you and it’s a decision you’ve made and honestly it will be fascinating just to see.’

And unconvinced Ms White in the Bush Telegraph said: ‘Politicians do tend to use that line, ‘I feel as though the public need to know the real me’. I’m not necessarily sure a reality TV show is the way to do that.’

Hilarious: Seann Walsh couldn't contain his laughter on Wednesday nights episode of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! as he realised his campmate is Matt Hancock

Hilarious: Seann Walsh couldn’t contain his laughter on Wednesday nights episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! as he realised his campmate is Matt Hancock

After their chat, Boy George and Chris Moyles asked Ms White how it went.

Ms White replied: ‘Oh, the same reasons politicians give every time they do these kinds of shows… ‘you need to know who we are behind the political mask’ kind of thing.’

Mr Moyles said: ‘He’s taken a few weeks off his job.’

Ms White said: ‘I asked that. ‘The government’s in a good place’. I was like, Rishi’s only been in five minutes, so how can you know that?’

Mr Moyles continued: ‘What about his constituents?’

Campmate Boy George has said he would have left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after Matt Hancock’s arrival if his mother had died during the pandemic. 

During a conversation with TV presenter and property expert Scarlette Douglas, the Culture Club frontman, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, said: ‘You know, beginning of the pandemic my mum was in hospital.

‘I wasn’t allowed to see her. I thought she was going to die. I was tweeting Greenwich hospital going, ‘Please look after my mum’.

‘I used my name, I was like, ‘Please look after my mum’. And they did, she was fine.

‘I feel like, I don’t want to be sitting here like I’m having fun with him. It’s difficult for me because, you know, had something happened, if my mum had gone, I wouldn’t be here now. I would have gone when he walked in.’

Boy George, 61, continued in the Bush Telegraph, adding: ‘If I had lost my mum, I would go.

‘And I feel a little bit selfish, you know, just kind of, everyone’s so nice to him and I was like, Jesus, what we gonna do?

Campmate Boy George (pictured) has said he would have left I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after Matt Hancock's arrival if his mother had died during the pandemic

Campmate Boy George (pictured) has said he would have left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after Matt Hancock’s arrival if his mother had died during the pandemic

Upset: Boy George in particular found himself conflicted and worrying whether he wanted to remain in the jungle

‘I don’t want to spoil this experience for myself. I’m not good at hiding what I feel. Especially when it’s something so strong.’

Ms Cleaver wisely told him: ‘I think sleep on it tonight. Why he came in and what he’s doing here, is not our responsibility and it’s not for us to take on.’ 

Mr Hancock entered the jungle as a late arrival alongside comedian Seann Walsh, with the pair undertaking the Beastly Burrows Bushtucker Trial shortly after their entrance, earning six out of 11 stars.

And he is now set to face his second Bushtucker Trial tonight after receiving the most public votes.

Shortly after Hancock and Walsh then entered a secret camp dubbed Mole HQ, they discovered they would be undercover moles in the main camp and were given a series of secret missions to undertake to earn the campmates their luxury items. 

They successfully stole a hat and gilet, pretended to be a bird expert and called Mr Moyles ‘Greg’ three times.

They were rewarded with a cherry bakewell each and a flask of tea, before being told their challenge would continue.

During an early conversation with comedian and fellow campmate Seann Walsh about his Blink-182 tattoo, Mr Hancock admitted that he did ‘not really’ know who the US rock band — whose hit All The Small Things reached number two on the UK charts in 2000 — were. 

At the end of the episode, Ant and Dec arrived in camp to tell the celebs who would be doing the next trial, Tentacles of Terror.

It came as no surprise that Mr Hancock was voted by the public to do the gruesome underwater challenge on Thursday night. 

Mr Hancock’s trial comes after it was reported that the crew are running a backstage sweepstake on him, betting on how long he lasts until he cries, who he will clash with first and how many trials he will be voted for.

It is also alleged they are placing bets on how long it will be before someone mentions the Partygate scandal where government staff broke Covid rules at a number of illegal bashes and Matt’s own cheating scandal that caused him to resign as Health Secretary.

Speaking to The Sun, a camp source said: ‘Over the years the crew on I’m A Celeb have seen it all, but it’s fair to say there’s not been a buzz about one of the campmates quite like that around Hancock.

‘The sweepstake is about things like who he will row with, how many trials he will have to do, if he cries but then also how long it will take for another of the campmates to tackle the elephant in the room and mention all the Tory party f**k ups.

‘The money’s on Boy George to destroy him, Charlene to grill him like she’s Piers Morgan and then Chris Moyles and Mike to make him the butt of all the jokes.’

TBEN has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! for comment.

Politics-watchers joined with regular viewers to see the arrival of Mr Hancock, while some political opponents hit out once again at the MP for his decision to enter the jungle.

The Liberal Democrats’ Twitter account said: ‘Never mind #ImACeleb and trying to win meals for a jungle camp, Matt Hancock should be in the UK, in his office, and delivering for constituents wondering where their next meal will come from.

‘You’re not a celebrity. You’re an MP with a job to do.’