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The West Suffolk MP was suspended from the Conservative parliamentary party and received widespread backlash for his decision to leave his constituency to participate in the reality show more than 10,000 miles away.
“I don’t think serving members of parliament should be taking place in reality television programmes,” said transport secretary Mark Harper on Sky News. “However well they do on them I still think they should be doing the job for which they are paid a good salary which is representing their constituents.”
As a former chief whip in charge of party discipline, Mr Harper said the decision to readmit Mr Hancock – or not – will be for successor Simon Hart.
Former cabinet minister Theresa Villiers, however, was among Mr Hancock‘s fans, saying the “great human being” has “shown incredible resilience and bravery”.
Meanwhile, an ally of Mr Hancock told PA news agency that he “has no intention of standing down.
Matt Hancock to face angry colleagues and constituents after leaving I’m A Celeb
Former health secretary Matt Hancock will return to face angry colleagues, constituents and questions about his political future in Westminster after coming third in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity.
The West Suffolk MP surpassed the expectations of many by reaching the final but came behind winner Jill Scott and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner in a public vote on Sunday night.
His 18 days in the Australian jungle has seen him suspended from the Conservative parliamentary party and criticised by colleagues including Rishi Sunak.
Read more in this report about what his colleagues think about the stint:
Namita Singh28 November 2022 04:23
Welcome to The Independent’s UK politics blog for Monday, 28 November 2022 where we provide the latest on everything happening in Westminster.
Namita Singh28 November 2022 03:57