Matt Hancock was seen by a medic on I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! after being stung by a scorpion.
During Sunday (13 November) night’s episode, the contestants were fetching logs for the camp when Hancock yelped out in pain.
“Ouch, f***! That really hurts!” he shouted. “I’ve got no splinter. Ow, that really hurts… it’s like I must have been bitten by something. Oh yeah! Wow, look at that a scorpion. I’ve been stung by a scorpion.”
He continued: “It was so painful… it hurts a lot and I’m feeling slightly dizzy. S***.”
Hancock said that the sting felt like “two times a bee sting”.
Boy George commented through stifled giggles: “Of all the people that could get stung by a scorpion. I mean, I’m not laughing...”
Hancock was then immediately chosen to do the “House of Horrors” Bushtucker Trial. He told Ant and Dec that his finger was “really painful” and still hurt.
The presenters clarified that the MP had been told he was fine by the camp medic.
An ITV spokesperson told The Independent earlier on Sunday: “Matt was stung on his finger by a scorpion earlier today in camp. It wasn’t poisonous and he was seen by a medic straight away and is absolutely fine.”
Earlier this week, Hancock told the celebrities in the camp he was looking for “forgiveness”.
The former health secretary became emotional while being criticised for breaking his own lockdown rules during Friday’s episode (11 November).
When TV presenter Scarlette Douglas asked him why he broke the rules, Hancock told her he was sorry, stating: “I fell in love with somebody.”
He told his campmates that he was not fined for the act as he “didn’t break any laws”, adding: “Guidance is different. But the problem was it was my guidance.”
Hancock’s rule break leaked after he was caught having an affair with aide and now girlfriend Gina Coladangelo.
Newsreader and Loose Women star Charlene White stepped in to tell him that her aunt died during the pandemic, and she was unable to visit her while abiding by the rules he put in place, and then went on to break.
“We couldn’t go to the hospital to go and visit her,” she said. “I had to sit by myself in the church at her funeral. We couldn’t hug each other because we were following guidance. And I get that you fell in love, I understand all of those things but ‘sorry’ for a lot of families like mine doesn’t really cut it.”
Earlier on Sunday (13 November), former Love Island star Olivia Attwood told the full story of why she had to quit I’m a Celebrity after just one day.