Body­guards hired for star

Daily Star - - Front Page - from AN­DREW JAMESON in AUS­TRALIA

CRAZED jun­gle fans have forced se­cu­rity to be stepped up around I’m A Celeb host Ant McPartlin.

The Ge­ordie star, just out of re­hab, and his pal Dec have hired a team of guards.

BORIS John­son had no idea his dead ringer fa­ther Stan­ley was en­ter­ing I’m A Celeb. At 77, the writer and for­mer politi­cian will be the old­est con­tes­tant in Jun­gle his­tory.

Bosses kept his ar­rival se­cret and Stan­ley was holed up in New Zealand for weeks be­fore­hand.

The dad-of-six claims he did not tell a sin­gle mem­ber of his fam­ily – even his un­der-fire For­eign Sec­re­tary son.

Stan­ley told the Daily Star: “Boris doesn’t know I’m go­ing in, we were told strictly not to tell any­one. I stick by the rules.”

But it ap­pears he may not re­alise I’m A Celeb’s pop­u­lar­ity and its past au­di­ences of more than 10mil­lion view­ers.

Stan­ley added: “I very much doubt he’ll ever hear about it.

“Know­ing Boris, he may never find out.”

He is also fa­ther to Boris’s fa­mous sib­lings Jo, an­other Con­ser­va­tive MP, and jour­nal­ist Rachel.


The pro­gramme’s pro­duc­ers are hop­ing that his Boris-like man­ner­isms and looks will fas­ci­nate view­ers.

How­ever, his son’s opin­ion rat­ings have slipped mas­sively in re­cent weeks af­ter his gaffe put a Bri­ton in dan­ger in Iran.

Boris has faced grow­ing calls to quit or be sacked.

But when asked whether he thought his son would still have a job when he left the Jun­gle, Stan­ley claimed: “I have been out of touch for the last three weeks.

“I’ve been this side of the equa­tor for three weeks.

“I haven’t heard any­thing about it [the calls for Boris’s sack­ing], I’ve been in New Zealand for weeks. “It’s a to­tal mys­tery to me.” Stan­ley also said he had no fear of Bush­tucker Tri­als and his stint on the show would be “easy-peasy”.

The old­est con­tes­tant be­fore him was Star Trek ac­tor George Takei at 71. But Stan­ley has pre­vi­ously spo­ken about how age is no bar­rier for him.

”The idea that you start get­ting old at 60 is non­sense, the idea that you start get­ting old at 70 is non­sense,” Stan­ley in­sisted. “As far as I am con­cerned old age might be­gin at 85.” And he added: “I’m in there to win.”

Stan­ley was Con­ser­va­tive MEP for Wight & Hamp­shire East from 1979 to 1984 and has worked for the World Bank and Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.


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