Comedian and OK! columnist Judi Love has described her shock that controversial ex-MP Matt Hancock has been given permission to take part in the new series of I’m A Celebrity….

Catching up with us this week, the Loose Women favourite, 42, admitted: "I’m flabbergasted that Matt Hancock has signed up. He may be trying to rebuild his career after the affair that saw him break Covid rules and his downfall as health secretary.

"But it’s crazy that going on I’m A Celeb is what he gets suspended for. I think lots of people will be voting for him to do the eating challenges."

It was announced last week that the former Tory MP would be taking part in the new series – the premier of which aired on ITV last night – triggering mass outrage for a large proportion of the UK population.

In the days following the shock announcement, Matt, 44, has defended his decision to embark into the Aussie jungle, claiming he wishes to go "where the people are" in order to promote his upcoming dyslexia campaign.

The whip was quickly suspended after the news, which sparked massive criticism, was broken to the public.

Now the MP for West Suffolk has hit back at the haters and said it’s important that he talks directly to those who “aren’t always interested in politics”, who he presumes to watch the Australian-based game show.

"It's our job as politicians to go to where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster,” he wrote in The Sun.

Matt continued: “There are many ways to do the job of being an MP. Whether I'm in camp for one day or three weeks, there are very few places people will be able to see a politician as they really are.

“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.”

The ex-MP did acknowledge that it’s an “unusual route”, but he ultimately believes that the “incredible platform” could be used to, “raise awareness, so no child leaves primary school not knowing if they have dyslexia.”

The former Health Secretary, who had the whip suspended just yesterday, sparked massive criticism when he revealed that he would be competing on the ITV show alongside actual celebrities like pop icon Boy George, Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver, former Rugby player turned royal Mike Tindall, and Love Island star Olivia Attwood and comedy star Babatunde Aleshe.

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