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Matt Hancock receives vote of no confidence from councillors in his constituency

WEST Suffolk councillors have passed a vote of no confidence in their local MP, former health secretary Matt Hancock.

Labour’s Newmarket Mayor Michael Jefferys used his casting vote to pass the motion at a meeting of the town council this week, with five voting for, five against, and four abstentions.

The resolution states that Mr Hancock has “neglected the best interests of his constituents” and, as health secretary, “demonstrated hypocrisy and hubris in the pursuit of his own interests.”

The Tory MP resigned from the Cabinet last month after footage emerged of him kissing an aide in his departmental office, in breach of his own Covid-19 social-distancing rules.

Mr Jefferys said he was dismayed at the ex-health secretary’s performance in office, adding: “For someone in such a responsible position to then behave in the way that he has is, for me, the last straw.”

West Suffolk Conservative Association said it had received a “heartfelt apology” from Mr Hancock after his resignation, and formally backed him to continue representing the constituency.

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