Most Britons think Matt Hancock should be stripped of MP salary

Tory MP makes a jibe at Matt Hancock's I'm A Celeb deal

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A poll of 2,000 people found nearly three quarters (72 per cent) reckon the former Health Secretary should not receive a penny of his estimated £84,000 annual MP salary while he’s in the Australian jungle.

Just 10 per cent believe his claim that he is going Down Under to highlight his dyslexia campaign – with 48 per cent believing it is down to financial greed.

Nearly half (45 per cent) think it will spell the end of his political career, but 23 per cent think he could make a comeback.

However, Hancock’s time in the jungle is likely to be uncomfortable, as 48 per cent of those quizzed, via OnePoll, said they’ll vote for him in every Bushtucker trial.

Nearly six in 10 (56 per cent) said the scandal-hit MP’s decision to go into the jungle was a bad career decision, while just 15 per cent consider it a ‘good move’.

It also emerged 56 per cent believe it was the right decision for the party to remove the whip from Hancock and force him to sit as an independent.

Hancock claimed he turned down two previous invitations from ITV to join the hit show and finally accepted on the third.

His career has been plagued by scandal and he was sacked as Health Minister by Boris Johnson in 2021 after being caught in a clinch with his aide Gina Coladangelo, while they were both married.

The then-Health Secretary later apologised for breaking social distancing guidance while in charge of the country’s response to the pandemic.

Hancock also received criticism for slapping a fellow MP on the back while the entire country was adhering to strict social-distancing rules.

He is not the first serving Tory MP to head into the jungle and have the whip removed.

Boris-supporter Nadine Dorries famously entered the camp in 2012 where she took part in two trials before being the first to be booted out.

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