Matt Hancock will be given special permissions to contact the outside world as he gets set to go Down Under for surprise I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! appearance.
The Conservative MP and former health minister was announced to be taking part on the show today (November 1) – and found himself suspended from the Tory party in the process.
He’s also had the Tory whip suspended with immediate effect for doing so, Chief Whip Simon Hart said.
The disgraced politician Mr Hancock, who resigned from his role after cheating on his wife during the pandemic, has been named the 12th star to go into the jungle as a late arrival.
He joins a star-studded cast including eighties pop sensation Boy George, radio presenter Chris Moyles, royal Mike Tindall, and Love Island’s Olivia Attwood.
During his time on the show, he will reportedly have special permissions to contact the outside world.
Mr Hancock will be able to communicate with staff if there’s a constituency emergency in his West Suffolk patch, reports Birmingham Live.
Reports say he will join the show as a latecomer to the jungle alongside Strictly snogger Seann Walsh.
‘Matt is a sensational signing for the show as producers love a star with a story to tell – and they always hope they’ll spill the beans round the campfire,’ a TV source said.
‘He’s the latest in a long line of figures from the political sphere, including MP Nadine Dorries, Stanley Johnson and MP Lembit Opik.’
They added to The Sun: ‘There’s been a question mark over who the twelfth campmate would be, partly because negotiations over Matt going in were so top secret. It seems Matt was a last-minute signing.’
Mr Hancock has insisted he’ll donate the fee he receives from ITV to charity.
His plans for a TV career have caused uproar among some in the Conservative Party.
Andy Drummond, who is chairman of the Newmarket branch in Mr Hancock’s constituency, said: ‘I’m looking forward to him eating a kangaroo’s penis.
‘Quote me. You can quote me that.’
A spokesperson for Mr Sunak said it was ‘unlikely’ he would be watching I’m A Celeb and launched a thinly veiled attack on Mr Hancock.
He said: ‘The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country MPs should be working hard for their constituents, whether that is in the House or in their constituency.’
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.