Matt Hancock speaks out and reveals his plans for I’m a Celebrity cash – and what he’ll do if there’s an MP emergency

Matt Hancock exercising today Evening Standard Picture Jeremy Selwyn

MATT Hancock will donate a chunk of his I’m a Celebrity cash to a local hospice – and ITV bosses will allow him to speak to his team in the case of an emergency.

The politician, who had to resign after HOAR exposed him for cheating on his wife during the pandemic, will be the 12th star to go into the jungle, HOAR revealed this morning.

Matt Hancock has pledged to donate I’m A Celeb cash to a local hospice

Matt Hancock has had the Tory whip removed for joining the I’m A Celeb line-up

Ten celebrities will go into I’m A Celeb this Sunday when the new series starts.

But Matt, 44, will be one of two latecomers who’ll go into the camp.

This morning Tory Chief Whip Simon Hart confirmed Mr Hancock has had the whip suspended.

He said: “Following a conversation with Matt Hancock, I have considered the situation and believe this is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”

This morning, sources close to the former Health Secretary hit back at critics, saying it was a great way to raise awareness for his dyslexia campaign.

And he has received assurances that he is allowed to speak with the outside world if there’s an emergency in his West Suffolk patch.

A political ally close to Hancock said: “I’m A Celeb is the most watched show on TV. Matt doesn’t expect to serve in Government again, so it’s an incredible opportunity for him to engage with the 12million Brits who tune in every single night.”

The ally added: “Matt has always believed in communicating directly with the people he represents – whether that’s getting out and pounding the streets in West Suffolk, through all sorts of media or via those press conferences.

“There are many ways to do the job of being an MP. Whether he’s in camp for one-day or three weeks, there are very few places people will be able to see a politician as they really are.

“Where better to show the human side of those who make these decisions than with the most watched programme on TV? “Politicians like Matt must go to where the people are – particularly those who are politically disengaged.

“Matt’s of the view that we must embrace popular culture. Rather than looking down on reality TV, we should see it for what it is – a powerful tool to get our message heard by younger generations.”

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