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Watch: Matt Hancock’s cringeworthy Barbie singalong

Can Matt Hancock sink any lower? Considering that only last year he lost the whip for abandoning his constituents to appear on I’m a Celebrity, and before that had his lockdown-busting affair exposed to the world, you would probably think not.

Even so, the former Health Secretary has managed to once again plumb new depths, this time after turning his talents to lip-syncing.

In a video released on his TikTok account this week, Hancock can be seen in a white shirt and shorts on a beach in an undisclosed location, singing along to the song ‘I’m just Ken’ from the recently released Barbie movie.

The film sees Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, journeying to the real world with Margot Robbie’s Barbie, where he discovers ‘the patriarchy’ and uses his knowledge to initiate a coup back home. Mr S wonders if it’s a coincidence that the disgraced former Health Secretary identifies so much with a plastic figurine who betrays all the women in his life…

Still, in one sense at least Mr S is impressed. Plenty of people just have a boring old mid-life crisis. Meanwhile Hancock is managing a mid-life apocalypse…

Watch here, if you can bear:

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