The choice to depart his West Suffolk constituency and fly to Australia for an look on a well-liked actuality present won’t have gone down nicely with ITV viewers, however many have expressed outrage over the treatment of Matt Hancock throughout his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The beleaguered MP has confronted an uphill process in making an attempt to win over campmates divided by his shock look within the goal constructed camp, however his perceived isolation has pushed Ofcom complaints nicely above 3000 – with many registered in protection of Hancock.
The UK TV, radio and video regulator has up to now received 3,287 complaints concerning the favored ITV present, 1,764 of that are related to varied members of the jungle camp.
Not completely satisfied: Viewers have expressed outrage over the treatment of Matt Hancock throughout his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
But the remaining 1,523 have railed against Hancock’s poor treatment from stars equivalent to Boy George, who was overtly vital of the previous Tory whip’s participation within the present.
But not everybody was happy; Ofcom received almost 2,000 complaints in whole over the primary week, with 1,100 stemming from his arrival within the jungle.
Other complaints had been surrounding viewers’ considerations about how the MP was being handled by the other campmates.
Hancock has confronted backlash from viewers after reportedly incomes £400K for his look whereas parliament continues to be in session.
Tough process: The beleaguered MP has confronted an uphill process in making an attempt to win over campmates divided by his shock look within the goal constructed camp
An Ofcom statement read: ‘It’s value being conscious that under our guidelines, in precept – and taking into consideration freedom of expression – there’s no ban on any specific particular person taking half in programmes.
‘However, if the mere presence of an individual is probably going to trigger offence, we’d expect broadcasters to take steps to mitigate or justify that offence. How they do this editorially, is up to them.
‘As usual, we’ll be assessing all these complaints against our broadcasting guidelines, before deciding whether or not or not to examine.’
Speaking out: The UK TV, radio and video regulator has up to now received 3,287 complaints concerning the favored ITV present
Outrage: But the remaining 1,523 have railed against Hancock’s poor treatment from stars equivalent to Boy George, who was overtly vital of the previous Tory whip’s participation
What antics have MPs been up to within the I’m A Celebrity jungle?
With the news that Conservative MP and former health secretary Matt Hancock will enter the Australian jungle for this year’s sequence of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of
Here, we have a look again at the antics of earlier political figures who’ve taken half within the ITV actuality present.
Edwina Currie: Edwina Currie, the Conservative MP for South Derbyshire from 1983 till 1997, entered the jungle through the 14th season of I’m A Celebrity.
The 76-year-old, who additionally appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, joined the truth present as a late entry alongside X-Factor star Jake Quickenden.
The former junior health minister completed fourth within the competitors, however not before changing into concerned in a few heated conditions.
During the sequence, Ms Currie discovered herself in a number of bust-ups along with her fellow campmate, American actuality star Kendra Wilkinson, and memorably shocked the other contestants along with her extended shouting of ‘Mel’ in an try to get the eye of campmate Melanie Sykes.
Stanley Johnson: Former Conservative MEP Stanley Johnson braved the Australian jungle as a part of the present’s seventeenth sequence.
The father of former prime minister Boris Johnson shaped an unlikely friendship with Made In Chelsea star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo, who went on to be topped Queen of the Jungle that year.
After assembly on the present, 82-year-old Mr Johnson, and Ms Toffolo, 28, went on to star in a number of other actuality reveals collectively, together with Celebrity Hunted and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
Nadine Dorries: Nadine Dorries took half in I’m A Celebrity in 2012, the primary sitting MP to seem on the present, however was suspended by the Conservative Party for her look.
She later apologised to the House of Commons over the fee she was paid for showing within the fashionable programme, which noticed her turn into the primary contestant voted out of the jungle by the general public.
Lembit Opik: In 2010, former MP Lembit Opik grew to become the second campmate to be voted off I’m A Celebrity. The Liberal Democrat survived for 2 weeks within the Australian jungle, throughout which period he was bitten by a snake whereas finishing a process.
The 57-year-old has additionally appeared in superstar variations of The Apprentice and Come Dine With Me.
Robert Kilroy-Silk: Former Labour MP and MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk had an unsuccessful stint within the I’m A Celebrity jungle in 2008.
The ex-chat present host survived simply 12 days within the jungle after going up against former Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick within the public vote.
Kezia Dugdale: The former Scottish Labour leader made an look within the jungle in 2017 – becoming a member of Conservative MEP Mr Johnson.
After being eradicated second, Ms Dugdale, 41, admitted she knew her look was a ‘political gamble’ however said she wished to deal with the ‘myth’ that every one politicians are ‘old, white, male, pale and stale’.
She was initially denied permission by political bosses to participate however didn’t in the end face suspension from the party.
Matt defended his choice to seem on the truth present, writing in The Sun that it’s his job as a politician ‘to go where the people are’ and that he needs to ‘engage with voters’.
He said: ‘While there will undoubtedly be those who think I shouldn’t go, I believe it’s a terrific alternative to speak immediately to individuals who aren’t all the time concerned with politics, even when they care very a lot about how our country’s run.
‘It’s our job as politicians to go to the place the individuals are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster.
Divided: Not everybody was happy; Ofcom received almost 2,000 complaints in whole over the primary week, with 1,100 stemming from his arrival within the jungle
‘There are many ways to do the job of being an MP. Whether I’m in camp for in the future or three weeks, there are only a few locations individuals will have the opportunity to see a politician as they are surely.
‘So, the truth is, I haven’t lost my marbles or had one too many pina coladas. It’s one thing I’ve given a number of thought to.
‘I was elected by the people, and it’s essential to interact with voters, particularly younger voters, regardless of the place they’re, and present the human facet of politicians.
‘I want to raise the profile of my dyslexia campaign to help every dyslexic child unleash their potential – even if it means taking an unusual route to get there… via the Australian jungle! I’m A Celebrity… is watched by tens of millions of Brits up and down the country.
‘I want to use this incredible platform to raise awareness, so no child leaves primary school not knowing if they have dyslexia.’
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Hancock will keep as MP for West Suffolk however function an independent. While he will have the opportunity to hold his party membership, he will not have the opportunity to stand for election as a Conservative party candidate, vote in party contests or stand for committee chairman posts.
A supply shut to the MP said he would donate a few of the look fee to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk, however wouldn’t say how a lot.
A political ally said he had accepted he was unlikely to turn into a minister again and wished to join with ‘younger generations’.
‘Politicians like Matt must go to where the people are – particularly those who are politically disengaged,’ they said.
‘Matt’s of the view that we should embrace fashionable tradition. Rather than wanting down on actuality TV, we should always see it for what it’s – a robust software to get our message heard by younger generations.’