Matt Hancock ‘should be stripped of MP salary’ for doing I’m A Celeb, public say

Matt Hancock should be stripped of his MP salary for signing up to I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, according to the nation.

Almost three quarters of Brits polled (72%) said the former Health Secretary should not receive a penny of his estimated £84,000 annual MP salary while he’s in the Australian jungle.

Hancock, who has claimed he’s “contactable for constituency emergencies” has sparked huge controversy by heading Down Under for the ITV show.

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Almost six out of 10 (56%) said this is a bad career decision for the scandal-hit MP, while just 15% consider it a "good move" according to the new research by OnePoll.

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And 48% say they’ll be voting for him for every Bushtucker trial.

More than half (56%) believe it was the right decision for the party to remove the whip from Hancock and force him to sit as an independent.

While 45% believe this signals the end of his political career, 23% are convinced he’ll make a parliamentary comeback.

Hancock claimed he turned down two previous invitations from ITV to join the hit show and finally accepted on the third.

He told how he hopes his appearance will shed a light on his dyslexia campaign but only 10% of Brits believe that’s the case, with 48% claiming it’s for financial reasons, according to OnePoll’s study of 2,000 people.

Since news broke that he had signed up to go into the jungle, Mr Hancock has been suspended from the Conservative party and there has been a public outcry.

His career has been plagued by scandal and he was sacked as Health Minister by Boris Johnson in 2021 after being caught in a clinch with his aide Gina Coladangelo, while they were both married.

The then-Health secretary later apologised for breaking social distancing guidance while he was responsible for the country’s response to the pandemic.

Hancock had previously received criticism for slapping a fellow MP on the back while he was supposed to be socially distancing.

But Hancock is not the first serving Tory MP to head into the jungle and have the whip removed.

In the past other MPs including former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale took part in the show and Dorries also was suspended but bounced back.


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