Watchdog inundated with complaints over ‘undignified’ Matt Hancock’s IAC stint

The watchdog for parliament has received dozens of complaints about former Health Secretary Matt Hancock appearing on I’m A Celebrity.

The disgraced minister – who is still a working MP – jetted off Down Under a few weeks ago to take part in the hit ITV show and his appearance has certainly ruffled some feathers in parliament.

The parliamentary commissioner for standards Kathryn Stone said despite the heap of complaints, there was little to investigate as Matt, 44, has not broken any rules.

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However, his stint on the show “raised important questions” about MPs’ conduct when they should be working for their constituents.

It is believed Matt, who has been suspended from the Conservative Party, had access to a laptop while in Oz to deal with work matters and was in contact with his personal advisor.

Ms Stone told MPs on the Standards Committee: "It raises really important questions about members' proper activities while they're supposed to be fulfilling their parliamentary duties and representing their constituents.

"One member of the public contrasted the dignity of veterans on Remembrance Sunday with a former secretary of state… waiting for a buffet of animal genitalia and they wondered what had happened to the dignity of public office."

She added: “There is no job description for MPs but we have to think very carefully about the conflict between public and private interests, bringing the House into disrepute and so on".

In another bizarre twist, the controversial MP for West Suffolk is an unlikely heartthrob amongst teens on TikTok.

A number of accounts dedicated to the politician have been created in the last week, most of which praise his efforts in the jungle with some even dubbing him a heartthrob – and "Daddy Hancock".

While some appear to have been created ironically, others seem to be genuine, with people expressing their apparent admiration for him.

The trend has drawn comparisons to politician Ed Miliband, who found himself the subject of teen social media fandom seven years ago when he took part in the series.

But despite the flattering comments, Matt still has many viewers up in arms as campaigners flew a plane over the camp with a message for him, which read: “Covid bereaved say get out of here!”


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