Matt Hancock could possibly be stopped from standing as Tory MP in subsequent election | Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock could possibly be stopped from standing as a Conservative MP within the subsequent common election if he doesn’t regain the Tory whip quickly.

Conservative MPs have till 5 December to inform Conservative celebration HQ whether or not they wish to stand once more.

Except the whip is restored earlier than then, the previous well being secretary, who was suspended as a Tory for showing on I’m a Superstar … Get Me Out of Right here!, will stay an impartial MP and his West Suffolk constituency affiliation must choose a brand new candidate.

In accordance with the Occasions, Hancock is unlikely to have the whip restored in time for the deadline, which comes every week after finalists on the ITV present are anticipated to return from Australia.

It reportedly took six months for Nadine Dorries, the previous tradition secretary, to have the whip restored after showing on the programme when she was a extra junior MP.

“It appears clear that he’s determined he received’t be the candidate on the subsequent election anyway, so he’s gone off to make some cash,” a supply instructed the newspaper.

“That’s wonderful. However then he ought to stand down so the celebration can begin choosing another person. If I used to be Simon Hart [the chief whip] I’d be asking whether or not Matt’s actions warrant returning the whip.”

In the meantime, in his constituency, there may be stated to be rising opposition to his return.

“We don’t suggest so as to add to our earlier assertion – nevertheless the temper within the constituency is considered one of growing disappointment, and we really feel very let down,” a West Suffolk Conservative Affiliation spokesperson instructed the Occasions.

Ian Houlder, a Conservative councillor in Hancock’s seat, has stated he’ll stand towards him if the whip is restored.

A supply near Hancock claimed he undoubtedly plans to stay in politics, including that he had defined to the chief whip his causes for showing on the programme.

Gina Coladangelo, Hancock’s companion, flew to Australia earlier than Friday night time’s public vote, which the MP survived.

A spokesperson for Hancock stated: “The second studying of Matt’s dyslexia screening and instructor coaching invoice is simply days after I’m A Superstar … finishes.”

They added: “Matt has been engaged on constituency issues and present producers have agreed that Matt can talk together with his staff if there’s an pressing constituency matter whereas he’s on the present.

“As quickly as Matt’s time in camp is up, he’ll return to Suffolk to carry surgical procedures the place he’ll meet up with his constituents and talk about issues of concern.”

The West Suffolk Conservative Affiliation and the Conservative celebration didn’t instantly reply to the Guardian’s request for remark.