I’m A Celebrity 2022: ‘Her political career is over’: Matt Hancock weighs in on Liz Truss’ premiership and reveals he told Boris Johnson it ‘wasn’t his time to return as PM’ after she quit
- The MP, 44, gave his thoughts on where it went wrong for the ex Prime Minister
- Liz became Britain’s shortest-serving PM lasting just 44 days in power
- Matt said: ‘In a way, they were unlucky, in that globally interest rates went up’
- He also spoke about Boris Johnson’s shocking decision to re-run for PM
Matt Hancock weighed in on Lizz Truss’ disastrous premiership during Tuesday night’s I’m A Celebrity, stating that her ‘political career is over’.
In a chat with is campmates, the former Health Secretary, 44, gave his thoughts on where it went wrong for the ex Prime Minister, 47, who became Britain’s shortest-serving PM lasting just 44 days in power.
Meanwhile, Matt also spoke about Boris Johnson’s shocking decision to re-run for Prime Minister after Lizz had quit, telling the group that he advised Boris that it ‘wasn’t his time to return’.
Having his say: Matt Hancock weighed in on Lizz Truss’ disastrous premiership during Tuesday night’s I’m A Celebrity, stating that her ‘political career is over’
As talk turned to missing the news back home, Scarlette Douglas pondered: ‘I wonder if Rishi’s still in power.’
To which MP Matt, who previously told he’ll never serve in government again, responded: ‘Yeah, he will be.’
Sue Cleaver then piped up and asked Matt what he thought ‘went wrong’ amid Lizz’s short stint at Number 10.
Giving his thoughts on the fiasco, Matt explained: ‘In a way, they were unlucky, in that globally interest rates all went up, just at the time that they were also… bringing in a financial statement where you say, ‘We’re going to do all these expensive things and we’re not going to say how we’re going to pay for them’.
Opinion: The former Health Secretary, 44, gave his thoughts on where it went wrong for the ex Prime Minister, 47, who became Britain’s shortest-serving PM lasting just 44 days in power
The Coronation Street star then asked: ‘Where does that leave her now?’
To which Matt responded: ‘Her political career is over. No ambiguity at all.’
Over in the Bush Telegraph, Matt later added: ‘There I was sat in the comfy red chair and I felt like I was on Mastermind being asked all these questions.’
However, his grilling wasn’t over yet as newsreader and journalist Charlene White then asked: ‘Why do you think Tory Party members went for the less experienced…’
Candid: Matt also spoke about Boris Johnson’s shocking decision to re-run for Prime Minister after Lizz had quit, telling the group that he advised Boris that it ‘wasn’t his time to return’
Matt then said: ‘I think that’s all about how Boris got kicked out. It was all about people seeing Rishi as wielding the knife against Boris.’
Pushing him further, Charlene then continued: ‘So they decided to, one could argue, punish the entire country, by putting someone in place who was less experienced?’
With Matt arguing back: ‘That implies a malign motive, which isn’t fair. But they definitely put the disloyalty to Boris as a negative, as a bigger factor than..,’
Seann Walsh then jumped into the conversation, asking Matt: ‘Were you a Boris ‘die-hard’?’
Questioned: Over in the Bush Telegraph, Matt later added: ‘There I was sat in the comfy red chair and I felt like I was on Mastermind being asked all these questions’
Grilled: However, his grilling wasn’t over yet as newsreader and journalist Charlene White then asked: ‘Why do you think Tory Party members went for the less experienced…’
Referring to Boris quitting as Prime Minister, Matt said: ‘Look, I was very supportive of him, but it was time. When it was time to go, it was time to go.’
Touching on the politician’s short-lived attempt to come back into power, Charlene asked: ‘When he flew back from his holiday in the Caribbean, what was your first thought?’
With Matt revealing: ‘I texted him and I said, ‘You know I think you’re wonderful but it’s not your time. The best thing for the country is that you should back Rishi and that we should get him in post as soon as possible’.’
Sharing his thoughts: Matt spoke openly about former Prime Ministers Lizz and Boris when questioned by his campmates
Matt has previously received a grilling by his campmates over his own controversies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a conversation, the politician said he was ‘looking for forgiveness’ and struggled to contain his emotions as he apologised to camp for having an affair with Gina Coladangelo, which saw him break his own guidance, lose his job and cause the collapse of his 15-year marriage to wife Martha.
Loose Women’s Charlene, 42, had told the politician her aunt died from the virus and that she hadn’t been able to visit her in hospital due to the rules he had set in place – before disregarding them himself.
Honest: Matt has previously received a grilling by his campmates over his own controversies during the COVID-19 pandemic and he told them he was ‘looking for forgiveness’
Speaking later in the Bush Telegraph, Matt said: ‘In a way, lots of the campmates asked questions that the public have got as well and it’s only respectful to just give completely straight and truthful answers.’
It comes as the families of Covid victims vented their anger at Matt Hancock on Tuesday by flying a banner over the I’m A Celebrity camp calling for him to be axed.
More than 44,000 people signed a petition to prevent the MP from taking part in the reality TV show due to his record as Health Secretary.
Not happy: It comes as the families of Covid victims vented their anger at Matt Hancock on Tuesday by flying a banner over the I’m A Celebrity camp calling for him to be axed
And on Tuesday his opponents mounted their most visible protest yet, flying a message saying: ‘Covid bereaved say get out of here!’
The 115-foot long banner was organised by British protest groups Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice and 38 Degrees, which today slammed the MP for overseeing ‘one of the world’s highest death tolls from Covid’.
I’m A Celebrity continues Wednesday at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
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!
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
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
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 – EXITED THE SHOW
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
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
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