I'm A Celeb: Hancock breaks rule during Babatunde goodbye
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Matt Hancock looks to have broken an important rule while starring on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The former health secretary whispered in the ear of Babatunde Aleshe as he was voted out of the jungle and he may now face the consequences. The MP craftily asked the comedian to pass on a message to his girlfriend Gina Coladangelo.
When Babatunde was the latest celebrity to leave the jungle, contestants usually say their goodbyes without any controversy.
However, the Conservative MP may have landed himself in trouble by asking his departing celebrity campmate: “Oh you are so wonderful, will you say that to Gina?”
He quietly asked the departing funnyman if he would pass on the message, which is against the show’s rules.
I’m A Celebrity rules state that in the jungle, the famous faces are not allowed any mobile phones and they are banned from any kind of communication with friends or family.
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The West Suffolk minister seemingly tried to mask his request by pretending the words were intended for his friend in the camp.
Richard Arnold from Good Morning Britain remarked on the move while hosting a segment on the show.
“I’d be sending up a flare by this point to be quite honest, I mean it’s been long enough, hasn’t it.”
The cheeky presenter also joked: “There you have it, Matt Hancock breaking rules, more of which later.”
This most recent rule break on Wednesday comes after he was found to have breached a code in accepting the role on the ITV show.
As he failed to consult an anti-corruption watchdog about his decision to go in the jungle, he went against the rules expected of ministers.
The chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, Lord Pickles announced the rule break in a letter to Oliver Dowdem, the Cabinet Office Minister.
He wrote: “The rules are clear that an application is required where individuals plan a series of media activities and it is for Acoba to assess the associated risks.
“As such, failing to seek and await advice before these roles were announced or taken up in this case is a breach of the government’s rules and the requirements set out in the ministerial code.”
Lord Pickles addressed how important the breach of the anti-corruption code was.
He recommended: “It is a matter for you to decide what appropriate action to take.
“However, given the transparent nature of Mr Hancock’s role which is limited to appearing on these shows. I believe it would be disproportionate to take any further action in this case.”
Matt was infamously caught breaking social distancing guidelines, during his affair with current girlfriend Gina, while he was married.
In May 2021, CCTV images emerged of the politician embracing her with a hug and a kiss as the nation adhered to the coronavirus rules.
He told campmates: “Do you know what it is actually, what I’m really looking for is a bit of forgiveness, that’s what I’m really looking for.
The currently suspended MP declared: “We all make mistakes. I made a pretty big one.”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! airs daily from 9pm on ITV.
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