ormer well being secretary Matt Hancock will return to face indignant colleagues, constituents and questions on his political future in Westminster after coming third in ITV’s I’m A Superstar.
The West Suffolk MP surpassed the expectations of many by reaching the ultimate however got here behind Euro 2022 winner Jill Scott and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner in a public vote on Sunday evening.
His 18 days within the Australian jungle has seen him suspended from the Conservative parliamentary celebration and criticised by colleagues together with Rishi Sunak.
The Prime Minister mentioned he was “very disillusioned” in his colleague’s choice to depart behind his constituents to look on the fact present greater than 10,000 miles away.
Campaigners from the Covid-19 Bereaved Households for Justice group have additionally criticised his look, for a price of reportedly as a lot as £400,000.
With the Conservative whip eliminated, there are questions over whether or not the at the moment Unbiased MP will have the ability to run once more for Parliament.
Mr Hancock recognised his look on the present was “controversial” throughout an interview with presenters Ant and Dec.
“I do know that it was controversial me coming right here, I do know some individuals mentioned individuals in your place shouldn’t put themselves in embarrassing conditions,” the MP mentioned.
“However we’re all human and all of us put ourselves in it.”
He careworn: “We’re regular individuals.”
Mr Hancock praised his campmates for behaving in a “actually grown up means” throughout “grillings” over his time in workplace.
After leaving the interview, he hugged associate Gina Coladangelo, the previous aide with whom he had the affair that pressured his resignation as well being secretary in June final yr.
Leaked CCTV confirmed them kissing in Mr Hancock’s ministerial workplace in breach of his personal social distancing guidelines imposed to comprise the coronavirus pandemic.
Tory MPs have been given till December 5 to resolve whether or not they need to stand once more, after which the celebration could select a brand new candidate for his protected seat.
“Matt has no intention of standing down,” an ally of Mr Hancock instructed the PA information company.
However many Conservative colleagues have been embarrassed and outraged by Mr Hancock’s choice to enter the jungle whereas Parliament is sitting.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper instructed Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I don’t assume serving members of Parliament must be happening in actuality tv programmes.
“Nonetheless nicely they do on them I nonetheless assume they need to be doing the job for which they’re paid wage which is representing their constituents.”
As a former chief whip in command of celebration self-discipline, Mr Harper mentioned the choice to readmit Mr Hancock – or not – shall be for successor Simon Hart.
Former Cupboard minister Theresa Villiers, nonetheless, was amongst Mr Hancock’s followers, saying the “nice human being” has “proven unimaginable resilience and bravado”.
Mr Hancock is predicted to face his constituents when he fulfils his promise to carry surgical procedures with them on his return.
He had insisted they have been his “first precedence” when coming into the jungle, claiming the fact TV present can be an “trustworthy and unfiltered” strategy to talk with voters.
Mr Hancock mentioned he would use the “unimaginable platform” to lift consciousness of dyslexia.
He additionally faces doable punishment from the Cupboard Workplace after being discovered to have damaged the Advisory Committee on Enterprise Appointments guidelines on post-ministerial jobs.