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Matt Hancock secures a spot in I’m A Celebrity finale after Mike Tindall is eliminated

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The former Health Secretary to appear in Sunday’s final with Jill Scott and Owen Warner

Matt Hancock has secured a place in the I’m A Celebrity final after ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall was eliminated as the eighth contestant.

The former Health Secretary will face Jill Scott and Owen Warner in Sunday’s final.

After leaving the celebrity camp, Tindall was greeted by his wife, the Princess Royal’s daughter Zara Tindall.

He told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly: “I’m pretty comfortable with it. It was an amazing journey. I think we were very lucky with everyone who was there and how the camp worked together.

“Having been on a team for a long time in my life, I didn’t expect it to work so well.”

Earlier on Saturday night’s episode, Tindall shared his thoughts on Hancock’s position in the competition, saying: “Matt definitely wants to win.”

Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Tindall said: “Matt makes sure his shirt and phone numbers are always visible. Matt clearly wants to win.

“It gives me great pleasure to turn it over every time he leaves camp.

“Once a politician, always a politician. Always looking for voices.”

During the show, presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan mocked Donnelly Hancock’s attempts to garner as many public votes as possible, and Dec said: “Matt Hancock showed off his new morning routine: shower, shave and show everyone the number on the back of his vest. ”

The celebs took part in the popular Cyclone Challenge, where they battled their way up a slippery, obstacle-strewn slope in one last attempt to earn stars for the camp.

Hancock seemed excited at the prospect of taking part, telling his housemates: “I never thought I’d make it to Cyclone. It’s going to be absolutely brilliant, I can’t wait.”

Hollyoaks actor Warner, 23, said: “I’m just buzzing, can’t believe I’m here, can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m speechless. I am literally speechless.”

Former England footballer Scott, 35, added: “To be given the opportunity is like icing on the cake, honestly.”

As part of the challenge, the celebrities had to take on a superhero role, with Tindall announcing, “I’m Quicksilver, wherever there’s stars I have to go.”

Warner said proudly, “I’m Goldicocks, come on!”

Hancock added, “I’m the Bronze Bronco and I’m sticking with it for my life.”

And finally Scott said, “I’m Purple Reign, I gotta help my team!”

Speaking to Ant and Dec, Hancock said, “This is the only trial you look forward to.”

After taking on the challenge while being tackled by Tindall with rugby, Hancock said: “I just thought go straight in the middle.

“Give people what they want, big purpose, and they loved it. And then I ended up with Mike Tindall.

“It was even more fun than it looks.”

The participants were able to secure all four stars.

The show’s finale airs on November 27 at 9pm on ITV1.

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