Rotherham MP says Matt Hancock’s resignation “right decision” after petition

A Rotherham MP says Matt Hancock made “the right decision in resigning”, following a protest outside his constituency office.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 2:40 pm

Protesters delivered a petition to Alexander Stafford’s office on Friday, calling on him to condemn Matt Hancock’s affair whilst the country was in lockdown.

Jamie Turner, who could not visit his stepfather in hospital before his death in May, began the petition to call on Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford to condemn the health secretary’s actions.

Health Secretary Hancock stepped down from his role after his affair with aide Gina Coladangelo was revealed.

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Protesters outside the MP's office.
Protesters outside the MP's office.

Footage emerged of Hancock in a compromising position with his aide, whilst the country was in lockdown in May 2020.

Alexander Stafford, Rother Valley MP, said: “I am aware of a small gathering of Labour activists outside my constituency office, led by the person who runs the Rother Valley Labour Party Facebook Page, current Labour councillors, former Labour councillors and failed Labour candidates.

“Unfortunately I was not present at the time as I was holding an open street surgery in Maltby, helping resident across the area.

“Matt Hancock made the right decision in resigning. We should all be following the rules around coronavirus because that is the only way we can forge a path to normality. Absolutely no-one is above the rules, and the Government’s position reflects that.

“Covid should not be a political game, so I am disappointed, but hardly surprised that Labour are once again trying any stunt to try and remain relevant after successive disastrous elections in Rother Valley.”