The Last Leg host Adam Hills has staged a mock political operation in Matt Hancock’s constituency as the former Health Secretary remains in the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! jungle.
The Australian TV presenter and comedian visited the Suffolk market town of Mildenhall midday on Sunday to allow locals to voice their concerns while their MP takes part in the ITV programme.
Hancock faced criticism from opposition politicians, within his own party, and had the Tory whip suspended for joining the show at a time when Parliament was sitting.
Hills wrote on Twitter: “It was a pleasure meeting the people of Mildenhall in Suffolk today. Hope their MP will do the same soon.
In another post, he added, “Comedians shouldn’t be doing the job of politicians. But if they want to make a fool of themselves on television, we will have to meet voters.
The comedian said footage from the film of the fake public date, which he dubbed his “Rock Out With Hancock Out,” will air on his comedy talk show The Last Leg on Friday.
The Mildenhall Police Department also tweeted its thanks to Hills for taking the time to tour the area and listen to local residents.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak previously said Hancock’s decision to enter the jungle was not “noble” because he did not put his “voters and our country first”.
Speaking to reporters traveling with him to the G20 summit in Bali, Mr Sunak said: “I think politics at its best can and should actually be quite noble.”
Activists flew a banner above the I’m A Celebrity campsite on Tuesday, reading: ‘Covid bereaved say get out of here!’
A spokesman for Hancock previously said the MP for West Suffolk hopes to raise awareness for his campaign against dyslexia in the jungle.
Earlier in the reality series, he also admitted to his camp mates that he made a “mistake” and regrets the actions that led to his resignation as health secretary and that one of his motivations for coming on the show was to seek a “little forgiveness” from the audience.
In June last year, the MP resigned as health secretary after he was caught breaking coronavirus social distancing rules by having an affair in his cabinet with Gina Coladangelo, who was his assistant at the time.
Representatives for Hills and Hancock have been contacted for comment.