Former health secretary Matt Hancock finishes third in I’m A Celebrity

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Matt Hancock has finished in third place in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after controversially signing up to the show.

The former health secretary reached the final along with ex-Lioness Jill Scott and Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner.

When he first went into camp as a surprise late arrival, the public had initially taken out their anger over his handling of the COVID pandemic on him and voted for him to complete six ‘Bushtucker Trials’ in a row.

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During one episode, the West Suffolk MP admitted he had “messed up” during his time as health secretary and said he had entered the competition seeking “forgiveness”.

In June 2021, he was forced to quit Boris Johnson‘s cabinet after breaking COVID social distancing rules by having an affair in his ministerial office with aide Gina Coladangelo.

His 18 days in the Australian jungle has seen him suspended from the Conservative parliamentary party and criticised by colleagues, including Rishi Sunak.

Mr Hancock conceded he wasn’t proud of his actions, but when questioned by campmates, insisted it was because he “fell in love”.

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While some of his fellow contestants were won over by the admission, his appearance on the reality show has angered others.

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Journalist Charlene White, whose aunt died from COVID during the pandemic, challenges Mr Hancock

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During the show’s second week, a COVID campaign group flew a nine-metre (30ft) protest banner over the camp demanding Mr Hancock leave.

The protest by group 38 Degrees, working with COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK, came after thousands of people signed their petition calling for ITV to reverse its decision to include Mr Hancock in the show, for a fee of reportedly as much as £400,000.

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