Greater Manchester mayor says Matt Hancock is ‘better at bushtucker tests than clinical trials’ as former health secretary continues his run at I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Andy Burnham said he did not think Hancock was a “bad person” but that his decision to appear on the ITV reality show demonstrated “bad judgement”.
It comes as the West Suffolk MP has narrowly avoided elimination for the sixth time, after radio DJ Chris Moyles was dismissed on Thursday’s show.
Speaking to the BBC’s Question Time about Hancock’s time in the jungle, Burnham said: ‘He’s clearly better at showmanship than politics… better at Bushtucker trials than clinical trials, for sure.’
He continued: ‘It’s not, in my view, a bad person, but it’s a bad judgment because politicians should be about us – what’s good for us.
“But this is all about me, isn’t it, me, me and my situation and a cost-of-living crisis for its constituents.
“(There are) things he should be here answering for, not in the jungle trying to curry favor with other celebrities and the British public.”
Hancock served as health secretary during most of the coronavirus crisis, during which the vaccine was developed and tested.
Moyles, 48, told presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly he was “gutted” that Hancock was more popular than him after exiting the show.
During his 20 days in the Australian jungle, DJ had his ups and downs and struggled throughout the series when faced with the Bushtucker Trials.
Following his release, he told McPartlin and Donnelly, “I’m gutted that Matt Hancock is more popular than me, what the hell is going on?”
Moyles admitted it was difficult for him to live alongside the former health secretary in the camp, saying: ‘I’ve really struggled with that, to be honest.
“And then what I did was, because I insulted him a little bit, I separated Matt Hancock from Matt because we were living with this guy, and he was doing his best to earn us stars for food and everything and contribute so I had to separate the two.
“With Matt Hancock I have big problems, but Matt – less problems.”
The radio DJ got into the jungle alongside reality star Olivia Attwood by jumping out of a helicopter which he said was quite an accomplishment for him as he doesn’t like heights or helicopters.
During his time in the jungle, Moyles had a string of low scoring performances in trials and at the start of the episode, he managed only one star out of a possible six alongside fellow fielder Owen Warner.
When asked why she found it so difficult, Moyles said: “I’m scared of everything and now I know it.
“I am an anxious and frightened man who is only comfortable in a radio studio. So I haven’t been cut out for most of this life.
Elsewhere in Thursday’s episode, Moyles questioned Hancock about the inner workings of Westminster and how an MP can move between cabinet offices without previous experience in the area.
Hancock replied: “The minister’s job is not to be the expert on the subject. Sure, you have to get to grips with the subject, but that’s only half the job.
“There’s a load of transferable skills: running Parliament, communicating with the public, making decisions effectively, and then you have the subject matter experts advising you on everything.”
Moyles said: ‘I’m starting to think now, to be transport minister, all you need is a car. And to be Minister of Health, you just need to breathe”.
The radio presenter added: “Fascinating to talk to him but he has no interest in me, my life, my work. He’s a funny little fish, isn’t he?”
Hancock has also faced criticism from across the political divide for joining the reality show at a time when Parliament is in session.
I’m a celebrity… get me out of here! continues Friday at 9.15pm on ITV1 and ITV Hub.