‘I’m A Celebrity’: Matt Hancock says Liz Truss’s political career is ‘over’

Julia Hunt

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Tue, 15 November 2022 at 10:47 pm

Matt Hancock said Liz Truss's political career was over. (ITV/Shutterstock)
Matt Hancock said Liz Truss’s political career was over. (ITV/Shutterstock)

Matt Hancock declared Liz Truss’s political career “over” as he talked about the government with his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!campmates.

The 44-year-old shared his thoughts on Truss – who lasted just 45 days as the Prime Minister – as camp chat turned to whether Rishi Sunak was still in position.

“Yeah, he will be,” Hancock said, before Sue Cleaver asked the former health secretary what he thought had gone wrong with Truss.

“In a way, they were unlucky,” he said. “In that globally interest rates all went up, just at the time that they were also… bringing in a financial statement where you say, ‘We’re going to do all these expensive things and we’re not going to say how we’re going to pay for them’.”

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock listen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London.
Liz Truss was only Prime Minister for 45 days. (PA)

When the Corrie actor asked where that left Truss now, Hancock said: “Her political career is over. No ambiguity at all.”

Loose Women star Charlene White asked: “Why do you think Tory Party members went for the less experienced?”

“I think that’s all about how Boris (Johnson) got kicked out,” said Hancock.

“It was all about people seeing Rishi as wielding the knife against Boris.”

Comedian Seann Walsh asked Hancock if he’d been a “Boris die-hard”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock walk from Downing Street for the weekly cabinet meeting to be held in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 30, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Matt Hancock also opened up about Boris Johnson. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

He replied: “Look, I was very supportive of him, but it was time. When it was time to go, it was time to go.”

White asked: “When he flew back from his holiday in the Caribbean, what was your first thought?”

Hancock said: “I texted him and I said, ‘You know I think you’re wonderful but it’s not your time. The best thing for the country is that you should back Rishi and that we should get him in post as soon as possible’.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – Watch the next live episode tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9pm on ITV1 and ITV Hub.

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