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09th Nov 2022

Matt Hancock says he’s doing I’m A Celeb to engage with young people

Sarah McKenna Barry

And that’s that!

Despite receiving almost 100% negative feedback for his decision to enter I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that one of the reasons he is taking part is to engage with a younger audience.

He also insisted that the show has put a system in place so that he can attend to any urgent issues in his constituency.

“When I got approached to take part, I did think long and hard about it but one of the reasons that I felt able to say yes was because the IAC team have put in place a system so I can be reached at any point on any urgent constituency matters,” he said.

“Lots of people have a view on me from being health secretary in the pandemic dealing with some very difficult issues, but that’s not the whole story.

“I am looking forward to throwing myself into it all like I do everything in life. You can’t hide anything in the jungle, you see somebody warts and all.”

And, despite the negative press, Hancock said he received plenty of messages of support.

“I have had a lot of supportive messages from people who can see what I am trying to do to show that politicians are people too.

“There are lots of different ways to communicate with the public and we (politicians) are wrong if we think you can only do that on the traditional political shows where you are mainly only talking to people who take an active interest in politics.”

Hancock is expected to make his I’m A Celeb debut tonight alongside Seann Walsh. Earlier this week, there was speculation that the pair may enter earlier as a result of Olivia Attwood’s sudden departure from the show on medical grounds.