Matt Hancock sets up TV company following I'm A Celeb appearance

Matt Hancock has set up his own TV company following his appearances on two reality TV shows.

The former health secretary, 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.

The West Suffolk MP's stint in the Australian jungle earned him £320,000 last year, of which £10,000 was donated to charity.

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

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

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.

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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 an MP which is around £7,000 per month.

Records on the MPs' register of interests also showed he had been paid £48,000 for an interview and the serialisation of his book, Pandemic Diaries, in the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday newspapers.

Mr Hancock is due to give evidence to an inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic in the summer.