Hancock must answer to public over jaunt ‘eating kangaroo testicles’, says Hoyle

The Speaker of the House of Commons said he would not personally “run through a jungle eating kangaroo testicles” as he has implied Matt Hancock will have to answer to his constituents for his time on reality television.

ir Lindsay Hoyle said the fate of the former health secretary in politics “lies with the people” – who will end up “making their feelings known”.

The West Suffolk MP claimed his “first priority” was his constituents as he flew more than 10,000 miles to attend I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! to join, which begins on Sunday.

He said he chose to enter the jungle to “go where the people are – not to sit in ivory towers in Westminster”.

But he has suspended the Tory whip and has come under fire from across the political divide after opting to attend the show when Parliament sits and questions were raised about his future in the House of Commons.

Asked for his opinion on the move, Sir Lindsay told the Sky News show Beth Rigby Interviews that Mr Hancock will have to “answer his constituents” when he returns.

“It’s not what I think, it’s what his constituents think, because they are the people that matter,” he said.

“We were elected to represent these people, they voted for him and they will have the answer. You have the answer for politicians – if you don’t like it, they’ll get rid of us.

“Of course his own party decided to discipline him as well. So what I’m going to say is, I’m going to look from here and say his constituents are going to make themselves heard, they’re going to make their feelings known. And in the end, you have to put your constituents first.”

Pressed again about what he thought of Mr Hancock’s decision to take part in the show, he said: “Would I do it I think is a better question.

“And the answer is, I’m a member of (Parliament), am I going to run through a jungle and eat kangaroo testicles? Absolutely not. No is the answer. I would not do it.”

Former Spandau Ballet contestant and singer Tony Hadley said he thinks Mr Hancock was making a “huge mistake” in signing up for the show as he argued politicians “must be above celebrity”.

Former Health Secretary Hancock said he hoped to use the “incredible platform” to raise awareness about dyslexia, but Mr Hadley warned people they would want “juicy gossip” instead.

“I think he’ll regret it, yes I do,” said Mr. Hadley.

“And the one thing is, every single day of the week, Matt Hancock will get every single trial that the public votes on.”

Leaders from organizations specializing in dyslexia said they were grateful to the former cabinet minister for his work raising awareness of the learning disabilities and welcomed a platform for the cause.

Dan Harris, Founder of Neurodiversity in Business, said: “Matt has been instrumental in helping me build my charity and I am very grateful to him for his work raising awareness of dyslexia and for all his continued support.”

Chivonne Preston, Chief Executive Officer of the British Dyslexia Association, said: “We are grateful when public figures like Matt use her platforms to raise awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by the dyslexia community.

“Dyslexia is misunderstood and while incredibly common, it is often hidden; Many people in our community feel that their struggles are not being seen. We welcome opportunities to shine a light on dyslexia and inspire people to seek help and support.”

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