Matt Hancock becomes campsite leader

Matt Hancock has said being voted leader of the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campsite “more than makes up for” losing to Boris Johnson in the 2019 Tory Party leadership election.

Earlier a show source confirmed to the PA news agency that Hancock was stung on his finger by a scorpion, which was not poisonous, at camp on Sunday. He was seen by a medic straight away and is “absolutely fine”.

Also, far from the privileges of any office, the MP had to search through a trough of offal inside a room containing thousands of flies in his latest bushtucker trial.

The 44-year-old Tory MP was among those who threw their hat into the ring to replace Theresa May in No 10 in 2019, but withdrew part way through the contest before putting his support behind Mr Johnson.

Hancock did better in Sunday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity, which saw him receive enough votes from the public to enter a head-to-head with former England rugby star Mike Tindall for control of the campsite.

The former health secretary recruited ITV broadcaster Charlene White, who he has previously clashed with over his breaking of Covid-19 guidance during the pandemic, and they were triumphant in a challenge that saw them working together to switch on a series of lights.

Ahead of the task, Tindall joked: “If I went home and I’d lost to Matt Hancock, I’d be in so much s–t.”

Hancock then told White, “We are definitely the underdogs”, before she replied: “Did you go into the leadership challenge thinking you were the underdog?”

After their win, Hancock declared: “Obviously, it’s a great honour and privilege to be camp leader. I want to thank everybody who voted for me.”

White asked, “Does this win feel sweet, especially after you lost to Boris? Do you feel like you have been vindicated?” Prompting him to reply: “This more than makes up for it.”

However, their success prompted soap star Sue Cleaver, Tindall’s would be deputy, to remark: “We now have a dictatorship …”

The public also voted for the former health secretary, 44, to take part in his fifth consecutive challenge since joining the ITV show on Wednesday. 

In Sunday’s episode, he faced the House of Horrors and is tasked with navigating an “eerie house in the jungle” full of critters.

The West Suffolk MP was seen climbing through a trapdoor into a room swarming with flies before approaching a trough.

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