I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is returning to our screens this week and ITV has confirmed this year’s line-up.

GB News star and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage will enter the jungle for the 2023 series of the popular show.

He’s not the only political figure to have given jungle life a go though – here are all the politicians who have appeared on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

All the politicians who have appeared on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Matt Hancock

thisisoxfordshire: Matt Hancock was on the show in 2022Matt Hancock was on the show in 2022 (Image: Ian West/PA)

Former health secretary Matt Hancock entered the jungle in 2022 and finished the competition in third place.

His appearance came following his resignation from his position as health secretary in June 2021 after it emerged he had broken his own Covid-19 guidance by kissing and embracing his aide, Gina Coladangelo, in his office.

Entering the Australian jungle meant he was stripped of the Tory whip and his appearance on the show prompted criticism from the Prime Minister and MPs across the political spectrum.

Constituents and colleagues criticised Hancock over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and his team said he would be donating a portion of his appearance fee, which was revealed to be 3% of the £320,000 he received.

During his time in the jungle, Hancock was voted to complete a host of Bushtucker Trials and fellow contestants grilled him over his handling of the pandemic.

Edwina Currie

thisisoxfordshire: Edwina Currie was a late arrival to the Australian jungle in the series' 14th seriesEdwina Currie was a late arrival to the Australian jungle in the series' 14th series (Image: ITV/PA)

Edwina Currie was the Conservative MP for South Derbyshire from 1983 until 1997 and she appeared on the ITV show in its 14th series.

The 77-year-old also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.

She entered the jungle as a late entry alongside X-Factor star Jake Quickenden.


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The former junior health minister finished fourth in the competition and was involved in some heated situations.

During the series, Currie found herself in a number of bust-ups with her fellow campmate, American reality star Kendra Wilkinson and memorably shocked the other contestants with her prolonged shouting of “Mel” in an attempt to get the attention of campmate Melanie Sykes.

Stanley Johnson

thisisoxfordshire: Stanley Johnson made friends with Georgia Toffolo while he was in the jungleStanley Johnson made friends with Georgia Toffolo while he was in the jungle (Image: ITV/PA)

Former Conservative MEP Stanley Johnson took to the jungle in 2017.

The father of former prime minister Boris Johnson formed an unlikely friendship with Made In Chelsea star Georgia “Toff” Toffolo, who went on to be crowned Queen of the Jungle that year.

After meeting on the show, 83-year-old Mr Johnson, and Ms Toffolo, 29, starred in a number of other reality shows together including Celebrity Hunted and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Nadine Dorries

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In 2012, Nadine Dorries took part in the reality show, making her the first sitting MP to appear on the programme.

The Conservative Party suspended her for appearing on the show and she later apologised to the House of Commons over the fee she was paid for appearing in the popular programme which saw her become the first contestant voted out of the jungle by the public.

Lembit Opik

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In 2010, former MP Lembit Opik was the second campmate to be voted off I’m A Celebrity.

The Liberal Democrat spent two weeks in the Australian jungle and during his time there, he was bitten by a snake while completing a task.

The 58-year-old has also appeared in celebrity versions of The Apprentice and Come Dine With Me.

Robert Kilroy-Silk

Former Labour MP and MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk was unsuccessful in the I’m A Celebrity jungle in 2008.

The ex-chat show host survived just 12 days in the jungle after going up against former Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick in the public vote.

Kezia Dugdale

thisisoxfordshire: Kezia Dugdale was a campmate in 2017Kezia Dugdale was a campmate in 2017 (Image: Andrew Milligan/PA)

The former Scottish Labour leader became a campmate in 2017, joining Conservative MEP Johnson.

After being eliminated second, Dugdale, 42, admitted she knew her appearance was a “political gamble” but said she wanted to tackle the “myth” that all politicians are “old, white, male, pale and stale”.

She was initially denied permission by political bosses to take part but did not ultimately face suspension from the party.