Rother Valley MP says Matt Hancock's resignation was 'right decision' after protesters target his office

The Rother Valley MP whose constituency office was targeted by protesters said the Health Secretary made “the right decision in resigning”.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 1:25 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 Mr Stafford to condemn Mr Hancock’s actions.

He gathered signatures outside Mr Stafford’s constituency office on Laughton Road, with a three-metre high letter, a smaller version of which was delivered to the MP’s office.

Protesters outside Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford's constituency office, in Dinnington.
Protesters outside Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford's constituency office, in Dinnington.

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

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

Read More

Read More
Protest at office of Rother Valley MP over Matt Hancock's affair

Mr Stafford 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.”

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Sam Jackson, editor.