Young Scottish politican John Loughton is the winner of the first ever series of Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.

He had been handed a free pass to the final after being chosen by the first celebrity hijacker Matt Lucas to perform a secret task. But once he was finally up for the public vote, he proved that he was the most popular housemate with the viewers.

The 20-year-old chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament told presenter Dermot O’Leary he had found it tough when Little Britain’s Matt made him lie to the other housemates on launch night.

“That was the best and the worst part of the experience. I just thought ‘come on, get them over with’,” he said.

And he said he had “resented” missing out on being nominated because it added to people’s suspicions that he was a mole.

The final evening started with six remaining housemates. Dermot announced that singer Nathan was in sixth place and racing driver Jeremy in fifth, before entering the house to interview the departing pair.

Jeremy said he was surprised to get to the final, saying: “For me it’s an achievement to get this far… you either love me or you hate me.”

Next out was Anthony in fourth place, who was cagey about his relationship with former housemate Calista. In third place was artist Amy. Describing her time in the house, she said: “I thought it was going to be three weeks of hell, but I genuinely really liked everyone.”

Runner-up circus performer Emilia said she was “so proud” to have made it to the last two.