Matt Hancock talks about the inner workings of Parliament on I’m A Celebrity

Matt Hancock talks about the inner workings of Parliament on I’m A Celebrity

Matt Hancock has opened up about what goes on behind closed doors in Parliament by explaining how a cabinet reshuffle works during I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

On Thursday’s episode of the reality show, the former health secretary was questioned by fellow camper and radio DJ Chris Moyles about the inner workings of Westminster and how an MP can move between cabinet offices with no prior experience in the area.

Hancock is currently the MP for West Suffolk and has faced criticism from opposition politicians, within his own party and had his Tory whip suspended for joining the reality show at a time when Parliament is sitting.

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After Moyles asked how the cabinet reshuffle process works, Hancock said: “I’ll tell you exactly what happens. It’s reshuffle day and the first thing the Prime Minister does is call the people he’s sacking and invite them into the House of Commons office.

“That way the cameras can’t see them come and go. Face to face. These are very sensitive conversations.

“Then they go to Downing Street and call people in order of seniority. They have a whiteboard with all the cabinet positions on it and they go from highest to lowest.

“Sometimes people say, ‘No, I don’t want to be Secretary of Defense, I’d take Transportation,’ and it’s literally a shakeup, as they’re moving names around on this board.”

The radio host asked if an MP would get more money for taking up a cabinet post, which Hancock confirmed they would get if they were appointed to the government, clarifying that this meant they would now have two posts.

Moyles continued, asking, “But how many MPs have a pretty decent knowledge of defence?”

Hancock responded: “The minister’s job is not to be the subject matter expert. Of course, he must familiarize himself with the subject, but that’s only half the job.

“There are a lot of transferable skills: running parliament, communicating with the public, making decisions effectively, and then you have subject matter experts advising you on everything.”

Later in the Bush Telegraph, Hancock said he had found the conversation “really nice”, while Moyles seemed to grow more skeptical of the reorganization process.

He said: “I’m starting to think now, to be Minister of Transport, all you need is a car. And to be Minister of Health all you need is to be breathing”.

The radio host added: “Fascinating to talk to him, however he has no interest in me, my life, my work. He’s a funny little fish, isn’t he?

Elsewhere in the episode, Moyles and Owen Warner teamed up to take on The Savage Sorting Office Busktucker Trial.

Having had a series of low-scoring performances in the past, Moyles was keen to improve his record and stepped up for the challenge.

The pair were tasked with sorting the mail to find the coveted gold stars, but Warner found himself suspended from a crane in a harness, while Moyles had to operate the crane blindfolded and received electric shocks every 30 seconds. .

Warner had to search among mud crabs, eels, snakes, and rats to find the stars, but he kept failing by throwing them into a post box, which was how they would secure a point.

They returned to camp having earned just one star out of a possible six and Warner took full blame for their poor result, later telling the Bush Telegraph: “I can’t help but beat myself up a lot. I’m very hungry and I wanted to bring good news and I can’t”.

However, Hancock, Mike Tindall, and Seann Walsh had more success when they were presented with a nightly challenge with a chance to win a fry up for camp the next morning.

The trio had to work together to assemble various foods, including placing ‘Happy Birthday Kev’ on a cake and making hot dogs with items that were separated from them via a screen.

The team managed to pass quality control and return home triumphant having won breakfast for the camp.

I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! continues Friday at 21:15 on ITV1 and ITV Hub

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