I’m A Celeb’s Tony Blackburn slams Matt Hancock’s ‘very strange’

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner Tony Blackburn has slammed Matt Hancock‘s ‘very strange’ decision to head into the jungle. 

The radio DJ, 79, exclaimed that the politician ‘should be in the House of Commons doing his job’, especially amid the current cost of living and inflation crisis. 

The former Health Secretary, 44,  who quit after breaking his own lockdown rules by having an affair with long-time aide Gina Coladangel, is the 12th celebrity heading to the Australian jungle.

I’m A Celeb’s Tony Blackburn slams Matt Hancock’s ‘very strange’

Reaction: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner Tony Blackburn has slammed Matt Hancock’s ‘very strange’ decision to head into the jungle (Tony pictured winning) 

After the announcement, Chief Whip Simon Hart announced he had removed the whip from Matt – the same fate that befell fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries when she went on the ITV show in 2012.

And now Tony – who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2002 – has had his say, warning you have to be ‘very careful’ going on the show as it can ‘destroy careers’.  

Speaking on Radio 4’s The World At One he said: ‘I would find it a very strange choice in the middle of a cost of living and inflation crisis to disappear into the jungle, but he probably, in a way, he thinks he’ll go in there for a couple of weeks with no contact with the outside world and when he comes out everything will be alright.

Not happy: The radio DJ, 79, exclaimed that the politician (pictured) 'should be in the House of Commons doing his job', especially amid the current cost of living and inflation crisis

Not happy: The radio DJ, 79, exclaimed that the politician (pictured) ‘should be in the House of Commons doing his job’, especially amid the current cost of living and inflation crisis

‘It will raise his profile, hopefully in a good way – but of course, it can destroy somebody as well.

‘I know one or two people where it has destroyed their careers, so you’ve got to be very, very careful. And you can only do it if you think you can handle it.’

Tony added that he could be voted off first if he bores viewers by chatting about politics too much, but believes if he shows a ‘more honest side’ he could win. 

Tony went on: ‘I would have thought that really, in all honesty, he should be in the House of Commons doing his job. But that’s his point of view, isn’t it?

Opinions: And now Tony - who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2002 - has had his say, warning you have to be 'very careful' going on the show as it can 'destroy careers'

Opinions: And now Tony – who was crowned King of the Jungle in 2002 – has had his say, warning you have to be ‘very careful’ going on the show as it can ‘destroy careers’

‘It’s an interesting move. Obviously he realises his political career at the moment isn’t going any further. It’s great for the programme. And, you know, I wish him luck, it’s a very brave move, I think.

‘He’s opening himself up to criticism from the public because if he starts talking about politics then he’ll probably be the first out.

‘But who knows, I’ve always thought he looks rather nice and I’m looking forward to seeing the other side of him, the more honest side. He can probably answer questions and be himself a little more. If he does that he might win the darn thing.’

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Matt will be a late addition to the jungle along with comedian Seann Walsh. 

Challenge: The former Health Secretary, 44, who quit after breaking his own lockdown rules by having an affair with long-time aide Gina Coladangel, is the 12th celebrity heading to the Australian jungle (this year's cast pictured)

Challenge: The former Health Secretary, 44, who quit after breaking his own lockdown rules by having an affair with long-time aide Gina Coladangel, is the 12th celebrity heading to the Australian jungle (this year’s cast pictured)

The politician has defended his shock decision to go on the show – insisting that by flying more than 10,000 miles from his West Suffolk constituency to appear in the Australian-based show he will ‘go to where the people are’ and ‘promote his dyslexia campaign’.

Writing in The Sun, the former Cabinet minister said: ‘While there will undoubtedly be those who think I shouldn’t go, I think it’s a great opportunity to talk directly to people who aren’t always interested in politics, even if they care very much about how our country’s run.

‘It’s our job as politicians to go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster.

‘There are many ways to do the job of being an MP. Whether I’m 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.

‘So, the truth is, I haven’t lost my marbles or had one too many pina coladas. It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to. I was elected by the people, and it’s important to engage with voters, especially younger voters, no matter where they are, and show the human side of politicians.’

The news of his participation drew a rapid rebuke from Number 10, with Rishi Sunak’s spokesman saying the Prime Minister believes MPs should be ‘working hard for their constituents’ at a ‘challenging time for the country’. 

Mr Sunak is ‘unlikely’ to watch Mr Hancock in action, the spokesman added. 

Oh no: After the announcement, Chief Whip Simon Hart announced he had removed the whip from Matt - the same fate that befell fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries when she went on the ITV show in 2012

Oh no: After the announcement, Chief Whip Simon Hart announced he had removed the whip from Matt – the same fate that befell fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries when she went on the ITV show in 2012

PR expert Mark Borkowski estimated Matt could have been paid a £350,000 appearance fee. He told MailOnline: ‘They paid Noel Edmonds £500,000 and that was a top booking – either Hancock is desperate for the visibility or the money… if it’s the money I’d expect £350,000 – he should be very careful what he wishes for.’ 

Matt will stay as MP for West Suffolk but serve as an independent. While he will be able to keep his party membership, he will not be able to stand for election as a Conservative party candidate, vote in party contests or stand for committee chairman posts. 

A source close to the MP said he would donate some of the appearance fee to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk, but would not say how much. 

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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

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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

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

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

 

 

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