Matt Hancock comes in third on I'm a Celebrity as he admits appearance was 'controversial'

Matt Hancock finishes in third place and is greeted by girlfriend Gina Coladangelo - James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
Matt Hancock finishes in third place and is greeted by girlfriend Gina Coladangelo - James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

Matt Hancock has been evicted from the I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! jungle, as lioness Jill Scott was crowned queen of the jungle.

The former health secretary was voted out of the competition on Sunday night, securing third place in the series after his final bushtucker trial.

Ms Scott was crowned the winner of the series, saying: "I just can't believe it."

Ant and Dec revealed that most of the 12 million votes for the final went to the former footballer.

The former footballer was pipped as the favourite to win the show before the live final on Sunday.

Jill Scott, Matt Hancock and Owen Warner made it to the final on Sunday - ITV/Shutterstock
Jill Scott, Matt Hancock and Owen Warner made it to the final on Sunday - ITV/Shutterstock
The former health secretary was voted out after competing in his final bushtucker trial - James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock
The former health secretary was voted out after competing in his final bushtucker trial - James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock

However, the fact Mr Hancock has made it this far has come as a surprise to many, after he drew significant criticism for entering and even lost the Tory whip.

Mr Hancock recognised entering the I’m A Celebrity jungle was “controversial” as a former health secretary and MP while Parliament is sitting after leaving the jungle.

He told I’m A Celebrity presenters Ant and Dec: “I know that it was controversial me coming here, I know some people said people in your position shouldn’t put themselves in embarrassing situations.

“But we’re all human and we all put ourselves in it.”

He said: “We are normal people.”

It comes after cabinet minister Mark Harper said Mr Hancock should not have participated – regardless of how well he did.

The former chief whip told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “If you are a member of Parliament and Parliament is sitting, I think your job is to be representing your constituents, either in your constituency or in Parliament. I don’t think serving members of Parliament should be taking part in reality television programmes.

“However well they do on them, I still think they should be doing the job for which they are paid a good salary – which is representing their constituents.”