The mayor of Greater Manchester said Matt Hancock was “better at bushwhacker trials than clinical trials”.
Speaking on BBC Question Time about Hancock’s time in the jungle, Burnham said: “He’s clearly better at show business than politics… better at Bushtucker trials than clinical ones, probably.”
He continued: “I don’t think he’s a bad person, but it’s a bad opinion because politicians have to think about us – what’s good for us.
“But it’s all about me, isn’t it, me, me and my situation, and the cost of living crisis for his constituents.
“(There are) things he has to answer for here, not in the jungle trying to ingratiate himself with other celebrities and the British public.”
Hancock served as health secretary for much of the coronavirus crisis, during which the vaccine was developed and tested.
The West Suffolk MP avoided elimination for the sixth time on Thursday after radio DJ Chris Moyles was kicked off the show.
Moyles, 48, told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that he was “surprised” Hancock became more popular than him after leaving the show.
After his departure, he told McPartlin and Donnelly: “I hate that Matt Hancock is more popular than me, what the hell is going on?”
Moyles admitted he found it difficult to live with the former health minister in the camp, saying: “I really struggled with it to be honest.
“And then what I did was, because I hurt him a little bit, I separated Matt Hancock from Matt because we were living with this guy and he was doing everything he could to get us stars for food and everything and was giving money, so I had to split the two.
“I have serious problems with Matt Hancock, but less problems with Matt.”