I'm A Celeb: Matt Hancock screeches as he crawls through mud and bugs in debut Bushtucker Trial
Watch ITV News entertainment reporter Rishi Davda's report as Matt Hancock enters the I'm a Celeb jungle.
The first glimpse of Matt Hancock taking part in a gruesome I'm a Celebrity trial has been revealed.
A clip of the 44-year-old MP's debut Bushtucker Trial sees him screeching and sludging through a muddy cave as creepy crawlies are let loose on his back.
Mr Hancock, donning a hard hat and goggles, is joined by fellow latecomer comedian Seann Walsh to take part in the 'Beastly Burrow' challenge where they search for golden stars for their new campmates.
The former health secretary leads the way as he crawls on his hands and knees through a muddy, pitch black tunnel, while trying to feel through mud and bugs to make it out the other side of the challenge.
Watch a teaser clip of Matt Hancock's debut Bushtucker Trial on ITV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Walsh can be heard shouting "wait for me" as the pair shout to one another to navigate through the grim burrow, as presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly struggle to stifle their laughs.
At a junction, Hancock asks, “Which way do you want me to go?” - prompting Walsh to respond: “I’m not a sat-nav, I don’t know!” before thick liquid is showered on them.
The former health secretary’s arrival in the Australian jungle was teased during Tuesday evening’s episode of the hit ITV reality show.
'People will see me, warts and all', says the MP ahead of entering the jungle
Speaking in a video clip played at the end of the show, the West Suffolk MP said: “When I’m in camp, people will just see the real me. Survival in the jungle is a good metaphor for the world I work in.
“People will see me warts and all. See the human side of the guy behind the podium.
“I don’t think I’ve got any fears or phobias, but I’m about to find out.”
Though he admitted he has "never come across a snake at close quarters", so is "pretty worried about having to do anything with snakes".
Addressing whether he thinks his colleagues in Parliament and the British public will be voting for him to do trials, he said he “wouldn’t be surprised" if he ends up doing a few.
“I am hoping I can win some stars for the camp, but most of all I am looking forward to being myself," he added.
The MP's decision to sign up to the show has been met with heavy backlash from fellow Tories, opposition MPs and members of the public, with many saying he should be focusing on his West Suffolk constituents.
Following the announcement that he would be participating in the show, Mr Hancock had the Tory whip suspended, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak saying he was "very disappointed" in the former health secretary's participation.
Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds told Sky News his appearance on the show “demeans politics and the job that we do” adding: “Those people like Matt Hancock should remember it is a privilege to be a member of Parliament.”
Asked whether he would vote for Hancock to eat crocodile anus during the trials, he replied: “I think there will be a landslide across the country for Matt being volunteered for that kind of thing.”
But Mr Hancock has defended his decision saying he wanted to "go where the people are" rather than "sit in ivory towers in Westminster" and believes he could appeal to less politically engaged members of the public by appearing on the show.
The West Suffolk MP was in isolation after touching down in Brisbane last week where he was allowed his phone and laptop so he could continue working and stay in touch with constituents.
Mr Hancock said that after the show he plans to return to Suffolk to hold a surgery with his constituents there, adding: “There are lots of different ways to communicate with the public and we (politicians) are wrong if we think you can only do that on the traditional political shows where you are mainly only talking to people who take an active interest in politics.
“It’s important we engage with everyone including young people in who our politicians are and this programme is a good way to do that. I am looking forward to it.”
Watch I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 2022 tonight, Wednesday 9 November at 9pm on ITV.