Matt Hancock has said that he will 'continue to work hard' for his constituents in West Suffolk when he returns to the UK after his stint on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Mr Hancock has said that he is aware his appearance on the ITV reality show is 'a controversial one' following calls from many Haverhill town councillors for him to resign.

In an email sent to the town clerk, Colin Poole, Mr Hancock said: "As you know I fight for Haverhill in Parliament and will continue to do so.

"I have arranged to ensure important constituency matters can continue to be dealt with while I'm away."

Mr Hancock has been suspended as a Tory MP following his surprise inclusion in the show, making his first appearance on Wednesday night.

He has defended his decision to go on the show, saying it is an opportunity to talk 'directly to people who aren't always interested in politics'.

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In the email written to Mr Poole, the former health secretary said: "Over my years at MP for West Suffolk, I have worked hard for the people of Haverhill.

"There are many ways to communicate with voters.

"This is an opportunity to engage with the public - especially younger people - and talk about issues that really matter, including any dyslexia campaign close to my heart.

"I do understand that not everyone agrees with my decision.

"I will ensure that my constituents retain their strong voice in parliament in the future."

Mr Hancock, who is dyslexic himself, has said that through appearing on the show, hopes he can raise the profile of his campaign.

A spokesperson for Mr Hancock said: "Matt is determined that no child should leave primary school not knowing if they have dyslexia.

"Matt has been working on constituency matters this week and show producers have agreed that Matt can communicate with his team if there's an urgent constituency matter while he's on the show.

"As soon as Matt's time in camp is up, he will return to Suffolk, where he will catch up with his constituents and discuss matters of concern."

Mr Hancock finalised by saying in a letter to Mr Poole: "I will be back in Suffolk, and in Parliament, continuing to work hard for the people I represent."