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Matt Hancock faces Tory calls to stand down as MP after quitting Health Secretary job in disgrace


MATT Hancock faces more calls from disgruntled Tories to stand down as an MP after quitting his Health Secretary role in disgrace.

The demand from his West Suffolk constituency comes days after the love rat left his wife, Martha, for his married adviser, Gina Coladangelo.

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The bum-groping photo that eventually led to the resignation of Matt Hancock as Health Secretary

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The bum-groping photo that eventually led to the resignation of Matt Hancock as Health SecretaryCredit: THE SUN
Matt Hancock’s affair with his aide is the 'tip of the iceberg' of Tory cronyism, says Labour

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Matt Hancock’s affair with his aide is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of Tory cronyism, says LabourCredit: Rex
Matt Hancock with Gina

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Matt Hancock with Gina

Hancock is facing furious demands to resign over his bombshell affair – as Tory stalwarts call upon the local party to de-select him, say reports.

Cllr Ian Houlder, a Tory councillor at West Suffolk Council, told the Telegraph that he has personally written to the local association chairman.

He’s urged the group to de-select Hancock before the next election.

A fuming Cllr Houlder has also slammed the MP directly in a letter, telling him off about his “hypocrisy” and to “express my ire”.

His actions came after the Sun published shocking photos of Hancock kissing Coladangelo at the Department of Health’s London HQ during office hours last month, as the mutant Covid strain began spreading.

Cllr Houlder told the paper: “I am furious. I do not include his personal affair, which in anybody’s mind is quite sordid, but he has been standing up there for a year pontificating to everybody in the country… that’s what I found really contemptible.

“Think of people who haven’be been able to bury their mothers or fathers – there he is just groping away, hands everywhere, tongues everywhere, out of his bubble.”

The irate Tory accused the MP of “double standards” and “hypocrisy”, saying he “should go before the next election”.

Mr Hancock quit as health secretary after CCTV images were leaked

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Mr Hancock quit as health secretary after CCTV images were leakedCredit: AFP
The snogging pics launched many memes mocking the sleaze-scandal embroiled MP

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The snogging pics launched many memes mocking the sleaze-scandal embroiled MPCredit: Twitter

While Hancock has resigned as Health Secretary following the revelations about an affair with Gina Coladangelo, he intends remaining as the MP for West Suffolk, moving to the back benches in the House of Commons.

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson he wrote: “I will of course continue to support you in whatever way I can from the back benches.”

Johnson had refused to sack Hancock, with a Downing Street spokesman saying the PM considered the matter “closed,” however a number of rank and file Tory MPs called for Hancock to step down.

Cllr Terry Clements, a Conservative councillor in the area for 38 years, told ITV News that he was “disappointed” with the ex-health secretary.

Asked if he thought Hancock should resign as a Member of Parliament, Cllr Clements said he believed the politician would “find it impossible to carry on” as a backbench MP.

“I’ve been in some difficult positions and decisions have to be made. He will come to the right decision, I’m sure of that,” Mr Clements said.

The Eastern Daily Press reported that local residents also want him to step down as their representative.

The ousted Health Secretary is now understood to be living with his lover

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The ousted Health Secretary is now understood to be living with his lover
He quit as Health Secretary after The Sun exposed his affair

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He quit as Health Secretary after The Sun exposed his affairCredit: THE SUN
Mr Hancock was widely mocked on social media

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Mr Hancock was widely mocked on social media

Chris Woollams, who owns the Congratulations gift shop, said: “People in government must uphold themselves what they dictate to us.

“If he’s going to set an example, this is not a very good one. In my opinion, he probably has to go.”

David and Julie Mansley, who were spoken to while visiting from Dorset, said, “he should step down. It’s his private life and that’s different to his day job, but he’s in such a public position that he should set an example.

“We both vote Tory and it’s become typical of this day and age. We’re not surprised.”

Despite the continuing public backlash against the beleaguered MP, Hancock is already planning a dramatic political comeback.

Friends of the shamed former minister say he hopes to “re-emerge” later this year, according to the Daily Mail.

A pal told the newspaper: “He blames himself for everything – this is no one else’s fault.

“For now, his children are his priority and he is going to take some time away.

“But he knows he has to re-emerge at some point. It is going to be a long way back – he knows that – but he is going to try.”

However a source also told the Mail that the number of Tory grandees in West Suffolk who support Hancock has been whittled down to just one after the sleaze scandal.

It comes after The Sun revealed that Hancock will attempt to turn his affair with Coladangelo into a proper relationship.

The 43-year-old mum has called time on her own 12-year marriage with Oliver Tress after their affair was exposed.

Tress, 54, the millionaire Oliver Bonas founder, is said to be “devastated” by the shock revelations, as family pals confirmed the split.

Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests Matt Hancock should have declared relationship with lover Gina Coladangelo





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