Matt Hancock in new row over ‘I’m a Celebrity’ cash

Matt Hancock: is the former Health Secretary really so thick that he doesn’t understand the difference between gross and net earnings?

Former Tory Health Secretary Matt Hancock has got himself into yet another fix over money.

It’s only a little more than two weeks since we learned that he gave only a little more than three per cent of his I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here fee to dyslexia campaigns – the reason he said he was doing the show.

Now we find it wasn’t even that much, because his fee wasn’t £320,000 – as he claimed – but £400,000.

So – only 2.5 per cent went to dyslexia. What a deceiving skinflint.

Hancock’s problem now is that he lied in Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interests.

He was duty-bound to enter all of his earnings on Celebrity – the gross amount – but didn’t.

Here’s Robert Peston to explain what we know:

Hancock did respond to Peston’s inquiries later. Here’s his update:

Peston is being too charitable in his last two tweets. Gross is gross – the whole of the amount a person is paid. ITV paid Hancock £400,000. That is his gross earning from that engagement. What he did with it afterwards – handing £80,000 to an agent, handing £10,000 to dyslexia organisations – was his decision over his money.

Those are the rules for the rest of us. If they aren’t the rules in Parliament, then we should be told when they will be changed – and we should demand that they be changed retrospectively.

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2 thoughts on “Matt Hancock in new row over ‘I’m a Celebrity’ cash

  1. The Toffee

    “Gross is gross”

    I know it’s not within the context you put it, Mike…

    …But if EVER there was an understatement… 😒

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