Matt Hancock’s career on the line as no confidence vote passed over ‘hypocrisy and hubris’


MATT HANCOCK’s local council has passed a vote on no confidence in the disgraced former Health Secretary.

A resolution passed by councillors in Newmarket said the West Suffolk MP had “neglected the best interests of his constituents” when he was caught breaking lockdown rules to have an affair with his aide. Councillors said he “demonstrated hypocrisy and hubris in the pursuit of his own interests”

The motion passed after the Mayor of Newmarket Michael Jefferys, who is a member of the Labour Party, used his casting vote to pass the motion.

The Town Council have five members voting in favour of the motion, five against, and four abstentions.

Mr Jefferys said: “For someone in such a responsible position to then behave in the way that he has is for me the last straw.”

Mr Hancock was forced to stand down as Health Secretary last month after video footage emerged of him kissing his adviser, Gina Coladangelo.

Images of them in a cling in the then-Health Secretary’s office sparked outrage across the country.

The Conservative MP was accused of breaking his own lockdown rules after it emerged the images were from before lockdown guidance eased to allow social contact with non-household members.

Mr Hancock apologised for breaking the rules but initially attempted to stay in his role.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially backed his former Health Secretary to stay on in the role.

It was not until the following day that Mr Hancock resigned from the Government frontbench.

In his resignation letter he said the Government “owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down”.

Despite Newmarket council voting they have no confidence in the West Suffolk MP, Mr Hancock’s local Conservative Association has stood by him.

West Suffolk Conservative Association said it had received a “heartfelt apology” from their MP.

The group formally backed him to continue in his role.