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The Independent

Matt Hancock broke authorities guidelines over I’m A Celeb look, watchdog guidelines



Matt Hancock broke authorities guidelines by not in search of permission earlier than showing on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, a watchdog has dominated.

The previous well being secretary – already stripped of the Tory whip for flying off to earn a reputed £400,000 within the jungle – didn’t seek the advice of the Advisory Committee on Enterprise Appointments (ACOBA).

Its chair, former Cupboard minister Eric Pickles tore into Mr Hancock for claiming he didn’t want to hunt permission as a result of many weeks on a actuality TV present constituted a ‘one-off’ exercise,

“Acoba’s steerage on ‘one-off’ actions isn’t supposed to permit people to hold out short-term appointments with out in search of recommendation, or to create a loophole to hold out advisory work,” he has written.

“The Guidelines are clear that an utility is required the place people plan a collection of media actions and it’s for Acoba to evaluate the related dangers.

“As such, failing to hunt and await recommendation earlier than these roles had been introduced or taken up on this case is a breach of the Authorities’s guidelines and the necessities set out within the ministerial code.”

Nonetheless, Lord Pickles suggested Oliver Dowden, the Cupboard Workplace minister, that any additional motion in opposition to Mr Hancock can be “disproportionate”.

The previous well being secretary is believed to simply accept that his frontbench profession is over and is broadly anticipated to face down from parliament on the subsequent normal election.

Earlier than he leaving the UK, Mr Hancock claimed his look on the present can be a possibility to indicate the “human aspect” of MPs, an ally saying: “There are a lot of methods to do the job.”

He additionally claimed it will present an “unbelievable platform” to lift consciousness of dyslexia – Mr Hancock was identified at college – however has talked about the situation solely as soon as.

In his letter to Mr Dowden, Lord Pickles stated Mr Hancock additionally didn’t seek the advice of correctly earlier than showing on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins.

However he wrote: “It’s a matter so that you can determine what acceptable motion to take.

“Nonetheless, given the clear nature of Mr Hancock’s function which is proscribed to showing on these reveals (not coping with the business elements of Channel 4 or ITV enterprise) I consider it will be disproportionate to take any additional motion on this case.”

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