Thursday 24 November 2022 11:56 PM Matt Hancock tells I'm A Celeb campmates how the PM moves names around a white ... trends now
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has talked about how the Cabinet reshuffles are made by the Prime Minister in the latest episode of I'm A Celeb.
The MP, 44, told media he never expected to serve on the frontbench again when he announced his entry on the ITV reality TV show.
Now, Hancock has revealed how the latest changes to government personnel made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may have been decided, following the short-lived premiership of his rival Liz Truss.
Radio presenter Chris Moyles asked Hancock: 'If you're an MP and you're tootling along doing your MP job, how does it work? Do you get a phone call saying, "Hi, would you like to be Minister of Transport?"
Hancock responded: 'I'll tell you exactly what happens. It's reshuffle day and the first thing the Prime Minister does is call the people who he or she is going to fire and invites them into the office in the House of Commons.
'That way the cameras can't see them coming and going. Face-to-face. These are very sensitive conversations. Then they go into Downing Street and they call people in in order of seniority.
'They have a whiteboard with all of the cabinet positions on it and they go from senior down.
'Sometimes people say, "No, I don't want to be Defence Secretary, I'd take Transport" and it is literally a reshuffle as in they're moving names across this whiteboard.'
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has talked about how the Cabinet reshuffles are made by the Prime Minister in the latest episode of I'm A Celeb
Hancock has revealed how the latest changes to government personnel made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may have been decided, following the short-lived premiership of his rival Liz Truss
Clare reeve posted on Twitter: 'Hancock said HE made the decisions, even though he had advisors, HE still made the decisions'
'Not Matt Hancock exposing the entire inner workings of the Government on reality TV,' quipped Matt Martin
In the Bush Telegraph, Hancock said: 'There's less sort of noise around camp and you're more often with just one or two other people. Today, for example, Chris was taking a real interest in politics and Westminster and I found that really enjoyable actually.'
Moyles asked: 'But how many MPs have got quite a decent knowledge of defence?'
Hancock said: 'The job of the minister is not to be the subject matter expert. Of course, you need to get to grips with the subject matter, but that is only half the job. There's a load of transferable skills - handling parliament, communicating with the public, taking decisions effectively - and then you have the subject matter experts who advise you on it all.'
Chris in the Bush Telegraph said: 'I'm starting to think now, to be Minister of Transport, all you need is a car. And to be Minister of Health all you need is to be breathing.'
Chris said: 'If I was head of Culture and Sport