Man arrested over Matt Hancock assault at Westminster Tube station near House of Commons

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting Matt Hancock on the London Underground.

The former health secretary, who came third in last year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, is understood to have been unhurt in the incident on Tuesday, which began at Westminster station before continuing on a Tube train.

A spokesman for the Tory MP, who represents West Suffolk, said it was an “unpleasant encounter”.

British Transport Police said they received a report of a man being “assaulted and harassed” at the station next to the House of Commons before 9am.

The force said: “A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence and remains in custody.”

Inquiries are ongoing.

Mr Hancock’s spokesman said: “Both Transport for London staff and the British Transport Police were fantastic and the man has since been arrested.”

He said “this sort of behaviour is a rare occurrence” and stressed the “importance of shutting down baseless misinformation which causes so much harm”.

The spokesman added: “Matt wants to put on record his thanks to TfL and the British Transport Police for their extraordinary work.”