Matt Hancock ‘breaks isolation rules’ as he uses laptop and phone

Matt Hancock has been allowed to break the strict "no contact" rules ahead of entering I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! so he can keep in touch with his constituents.

The other stars of the hit ITV show have their phones confiscated as soon as they land in Oz but apparently Matt has been given a laptop for work purposes.

However a source confirmed that its use is being monitored so he can't contact loved ones back home.

The MP for West Suffolk has also been allowed to remain in contact with his personal advisor, it is believed.

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A senior show source told the Mirror: "Matt does not have his personal phone at all and any laptop access is for constituency and monitored Zoom work purposes only whilst in isolation. Matt does not have general internet access."

It is unclear whether the other celebs are aware of Matt’s apparent preferential treatment as fellow contestant Charlene White is said to have been finding the process, especially draining.

Hancock claimed when he first announced he was doing the show that he would be able to work even whilst in camp and could speak to constituents every day from the Bush Telegraph.

But this was quickly shown up as being untrue.

In a written piece on Wednesday Hancock himself said: "As an MP, my first priority is to my constituents. I have agreed with the show's producers that I can be reached at any point on any urgent constituency matters."

But the show works on the premise the camp is isolated from the real world as part of the format.

Executive producer Olly Nash said that was "absolutely" the case this year too.

And an ITV spokesman responded to a Mirror inquiry last week by saying: "You are correct to say that celebs cannot speak to the outside world at all unless there are exceptional circumstances ie. an emergency."

It is still unknown exactly when Hancock will enter camp but it is believed to be later this week, meaning he will not be able to contact constituents for almost three weeks.

Show hosts Ant and Dec even teased his appearance on the opening show.

Ant said: "We've also got not one, but two late arrivals on the way. Fortunately, we've managed to keep their identities a complete secret. Nobody's got a clue who they are."

Dec pretended to look shocked and added: "You're gonna be so surprised guys. We'll be rolling out the welcome 'mat' for them very soon."

The other late entry is expected to be Seann Walsh.

ITV defended the booking of Hancock last week. Since news broke that he has signed up to go into the jungle, he has been suspended from the Conservative party and there has been a public outcry.


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