Hancock ‘politically finished’ says Councillor Andy Neal

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Matt Hancock’s political life could be over after he left his constituency for a stint at I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! reality show whilst the country was grappling with multiple crises. His West Suffolk constituency appears to be turning against the former Health Secretary, with a local councillor admitting the constituency failed to notice his absence. 

When asked if the constituency wants him back, Councillor Andy Neal told Talk TV: “To be honest, we haven’t noticed that he’s gone. 

“We never ever seen him in Mildenhall to be honest. He doesn’t hold surgeries in Mildenhall. 

“The only time we’ve seen him was prior to an election when obviously, he’s trying to profile himself.”

The Councillor added Mr Hancock was not in touch with constituents during his time at I’m A Celebrity jungle and he was not a “big loss at all”.

Andy Neal doubled down on his criticism, forecasting that Mr Hancock is “politically finished in my personal opinion.

“He’s been very calculated in the choices he’s made.”

Matt Hancock’s participation in the reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has been controversial and could mark the end of his political career.

Asked by hosts Ant and Dec why he took part, Hancock said: “I wanted to show what I’m like as a person. Lots of people come to me with pre-conceived ideas for obvious reasons, and I just wanted to be myself.”

“But I also believe that for politicians as a whole, we don’t come across as human enough. And this is probably the most extreme way of showing who you are.”

He added: “I carry with me expectations, people think they know me, and actually they don’t, they know Matt Hancock from the TV and the media.

“I just went in absolutely clear that I was going to be totally myself as if their cameras weren’t on and that’s what I did. And that is what I’m like in private.”

The MP for West Suffolk finished third in the gruelling final trials to win food at his last night in the camp. 

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Sunday’s final was watched by an average of 10.1 million viewers, according to overnight viewing figures from ratings body Barb. Figures from ITV show 47 percent of public votes went to Scott, 31 percent to Warner and 22 percent to Hancock. After Hancock was eliminated, Scott won with 58 percent to Warner’s 42 percent.

However, his decision to take part in the show sparked criticism from the Conservative and Labour parties, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak saying Mr Hancock should not be away from his constituents while Parliament is sitting. 

Matt Hancock is expected to regain the Conservative whip but it remains unclear how his stint in the reality show will affect his standing at the next General Election. 

Echoing the councillor’s comments, Business Secretary Grant Shapps said Hancock’s political career was “pretty much done” after appearing on the show.

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