Lembit Opik has defended Matt Hancock’s determination to seem on ‘I am A Superstar… Get Me Out Of Right here!’.
The 57-year-old former politician – who took half within the ITV present in 2010 – says the previous Well being Secretary’s stint within the jungle could not even be “corresponding to having a full-length vacation for anyone else” as a result of “most MPs” work seven days every week.
When it was advised West Suffolk MP Matt would be the different aspect of the world when he has constituents who want their MP “on their doorstep”, Lembit mentioned: “We are able to all the time make these arguments. Boris Johnson was in Barbados not too long ago. We are able to argue that if somebody had an pressing downside in his constituency then he could not have gotten again very quick.
“104 days a yr are weekends. Most MPs work seven days every week. So if he bunches all of them up into for instance 16 days, if he makes it to the start of the knockout a part of the programme, that is not even corresponding to having a full-length vacation for anyone else.
“I believe we have got into righteous indignation right here. If this wasn’t on TV, we would not be speaking about it. If he’d gone on a quiet fishing vacation to Scotland folks would possibly even say, ‘This can be a good staycation.’
“I believe he is being pariah-ed as a result of we are able to. That is after all why ITV need him there, he is simply completely flooding the scores.”
Lembit misplaced his seat in parliament on the 2010 normal election, seven months earlier than he headed Down Underneath, however the former member of the Liberal Democrats admits he would’ve gone into the jungle regardless.
When requested if he would’ve taken half within the present if he was a serving MP, he mentioned on ‘Good Morning Britain’: “Yeah, I am not going to cover behind that. I might’ve gone into that jungle in December 2010 if I hadn’t misplaced my seat in Might.
“And I would not have had any qualms about it in any respect. I am within the Nadine Dorries, and Matt Hancock camp there.”
Matt – who was suspended from the Conservative Get together on Tuesday (01.11.22) after it was revealed he was collaborating within the present – is because of enter the jungle as a latecomer alongside comic Seann Walsh.
The present returns on Sunday (06.11.22), when pop icon Boy George, ‘Coronation Road’ star Sue Cleaver, ‘Hollyoaks’ actor Owen Warner, former England rugby participant Mike Tindall, radio presenter Chris Moyles, England Lioness Jill Scott, comic Babatunde Aleshe, former ‘Love Island’ star Olivia Attwood, and TV presenters Charlene White and Scarlette Douglas will enter the camp.