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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed his disappointment at Matt Hancock for joining the cast of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in Australia. While travelling to the COP27 summit in Egypt, Mr Sunak alluded to the fury felt by Mr Hancock’s constituents in West Suffolk, saying he heard they had “expressed their view”.
Mr Hancock had the Tory whip removed after it emerged he would be on the show.
It is thought he is being paid up to £400,000 for his appearance, although the MP has said he will be making a charitable donation to a local hospice and causes supporting dyslexia.
Mr Sunak said: “I think politics is a noble profession, at its best — it can and should be.
“But it’s incumbent on politicians to earn people’s respect and trust.
“They do that by working hard for their constituents, as the vast majority of MPs do. That is why I was very disappointed with Matt’s decision.
“The vast majority of MPs are really hard-working — they got into it because they want to make a difference for their communities.
“Most MPs spend their time street by street, constituent by constituent, trying to make a difference, that’s what my colleagues do.
“That’s really special and why I was disappointed with what Matt did.”
The Prime Minister added that he “genuinely won’t have time” to tune in to watch his colleague.
The former Health Secretary attempted to justify his decision to go on the show, saying: “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.
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“It’s our job as politicians to go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster.
“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.”
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