Matt Hancock has been paid £45,000 to appear in an upcoming series of Celebrity SAS: He who dares winsit was revealed.
The former Minister of Health – who took third place i am a celebrity…Get me out of here! – explained the payment in an update to MEPs’ interest register published on Wednesday.
It revealed the MP spent 80 hours filming the Channel 4 program while Parliament was on recess between late September and early October – just before he left for Australia to perform in the jungle.
Mr Hancock is yet to reveal the amount he was paid to appear on ITVs i am a celebritywhich ended on Sunday, but it has been suggested his fee was significantly higher – with reports of around £400,000.
His appearances on the two shows were controversial, and his decision to go to Australia saw him lose the Conservative stick and jeopardize his future as an MP.
He was also criticized by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), which scrutinizes the former minister’s jobs, for failing to seek his advice on both of his television appearances.
But Acoba chairman Lord Pickles said it would be “disproportionate” to take further action against him. His appearance on Celebrity SAS is expected to air in early 2023.
Tory councilors in Mr Hancock’s constituency questioned his future as speculation mounted over whether he will have the whip restored and attempt to run again in the next election.
He “has no intention of retiring or retiring from politics,” his team said. But Tory Councilor Ian Houlder said he had “absolutely no honor where West Suffolk residents are concerned”.
Mr Holder added: “He probably recognizes that the game is over, but there is no urgency for him personally to give up his cushy job as an MP, which represents nobody as an independent and lasts until the next election, which is a couple of years away are.”
In a final show to be aired on Thursday night, Mr Hancock said he knew his participation on the ITV reality show was “controversial” but that “millions of people” ultimately voted for him.
The MP also breaks into an Ed Sheeran song as he was reunited with his partner Gina Coladangelo, much to her embarrassment.
Meanwhile, the latest Members’ Interests Register shows Boris Johnson continues to be put up at the expense of Lady Bamford, wife of JCB leader and Tory donor Lord Bamford.
The former Tory Prime Minister said he received “reduced use of accommodation for me and my family in September” worth £10,000 in November – the third month in a row the Johnsons have had their accommodation paid for by Lady Bamford.
It also reveals that Michael Gove was paid £12,500 to write a weekly column The times during his brief stint in the open – an appearance he gave up when Rishi Sunak appointed him his ascendant secretary.
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