Matt Hancock sets up his own TV company after earning £360,000 for appearing on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

  • Matt Hancock was Health Secretary for three years and during the pandemic 
  • He was forced to resign amid public outcry after he broke his own Covid rules 

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has set up his own TV company after appearances on I’m A Celeb and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins earned him more than £360,000.

The West Suffolk MP, who lost the Tory whip over his appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, has already said he will stand down at the next general election.

The creation of television programming and broadcasting company Greenhazel, first reported by the Sunday People, suggests Mr Hancock hopes for more TV opportunities.

Mr Hancock is listed as the sole director of the firm which was registered with Companies House in January at an address in Newmarket, Suffolk.

Mr Hancock’s stint in the Australian jungle on the ITV reality show earned him £320,000 last year, of which £10,000 was donated to charity.

Mr Hancock was health secretary for nearly three years but resigned in June 2021

He appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and was greeted by girlfriend Gina Coladangelo, who he was caught breaking lockdown rules with

He was expelled from the Conservative Party after agreeing to do the show despite Parliament not being in recess at the time, sparking anger among his constituents. 

He also earned £45,000 for taking part in Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Mr Hancock was health secretary for nearly three years but resigned in June 2021 after it emerged he had broken his own Covid-19 guidance by kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his office.

Images of CCTV footage was leaked to the media which showed the pair passionately kissing in a lift.

Ms Coladangelo greeted Mr Hancock when he left the jungle in third place and was by his side in the audience of ITV skating show Dancing On Ice earlier this month.

His regular TV appearances even prompted Brit awards host Mo Gilligan to joke that his next venture would be Love Island during the February 11 ceremony.

‘I’ve had a word with security, do not worry, Matt Hancock will not be here but you’ll catch him on some show,’ the comedian said.

‘He’ll be on Casa Amor tomorrow night.’

Mr Hancock earned some £320,000 for his appearance in the jungle, of which he donated £10,000 to charity

Mr Hancock’s appearance on I’m a Celeb was criticised by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and other top Tories, as well as mocked by some fellow MPs.

More than 1,000 complaints were made to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over his participation.

Mr Hancock said he made donations to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk and the British Dyslexia Association from his fee, adding that the £10,000 he gave away was more than his monthly salary as a MP which is around £7,000 per month.

His apparent plan to head into TV programming has been criticised by Labour MP Richard Burgon, who is championing a bill in Parliament to stop MPs from having second jobs. 

Mr Hancock has also received further earnings from the publication of his book, Pandemic Diaries, in recent months. 

He has also amassed a considerable following on TikTok since his TV appearances. 

Mr Hancock is due to give evidence to an inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in the summer.

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