Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has commented on Matt Hancock's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! – and it's safe to say he isn't all that pleased.
Speaking to reporters [via HuffPost] during a trip to Bali for the G20 summit, Sunak said he's "disappointed" that Hancock went on the show despite parliament still being in session, and implied that the MP was degrading politics by taking part.
Sunak went on to say that MPs need to "earn people’s respect" through their hard work, rather than through TV appearances. "It is incumbent on all members of parliament to do the things that earn people's respect and that’s serving your constituents really well, making a difference to them in surgeries, it is how you conduct yourself."
The 42-year-old continued: "We are privileged to have these jobs and we should take that privilege seriously and we should give it the responsibility that it is owed."
As for whether he'd tuned in to watch Hancock on the hit ITV series, Sunak replied: "I’ve been busy, I’ve barely seen my children or anyone else for that matter over the last couple of weeks, so no, I haven’t seen it."
Hancock – who is the serving MP for West Suffolk and was the UK's health secretary during the COVID-19 pandemic – has faced strong criticism in recent weeks over his decision to take part in the show, which is filmed in Australia.
Sunak is yet to comment on whether Hancock will be forced to resign as an MP upon his return.
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