Tories in Matt Hancock’s constituency have stood behind him despite calls for his resignation as an MP after being filmed in violation of social distancing rules.
Councilor Ian Houlder wrote to the local Conservative Party to ask Mr. Hancock to be withdrawn as deputy.
But a spokesperson for the West Suffolk The Conservative Association said, “We would like to express our support for Matt, who has served our constituency tirelessly for the past 11 years.”
He comes after Mr. Hancock resigned from his post as health secretary following the posting of a video of him kissing his assistant Gina Coladangelo in his office.
Mr Houlder, a West Suffolk city councilor, said his actions were “beyond the pale” at a time when he was telling the nation to observe social distancing.
In an email to the Tory Association, he described him as a “selfish, selfish man” who “let every member of the audience down.”
“If you have a touch of integrity or honor, you will resign without delay,” he wrote.
“Do the people of West Suffolk a favor and step down.”
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But in its statement released Wednesday, the local association said: “Matt has offered us a sincere apology for recent events, faced the mistakes he made on a human and professional level, and expressed sincere contrition. “
They thanked Mr Hancock for the “extraordinary job he has done as Secretary of Health … in leading the country through the pandemic and overseeing the rollout of the world’s best immunization program.”
After Mr. Hancock’s footage was published in The Sun, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to support him, saying it was a “private” matter and “the case was closed”.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-30 20:48:00