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Shamed Matt Hancock could face being deselected as a Tory MP over his Covid rule-breaking kiss with an aide in his office.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a backlash is growing among local Conservatives in the "hopeless" former Health Secretary's leafy Home Counties seat.
Tory councillor Ian Houlder has called for Mr Hancock to stand down and has urged the local West Suffolk party chairman to launch a bid to deselect Mr Hancock as candidate at the next general election.
Mr Hancock eventually resigned on Saturday after admitting he had broken social distancing rules by clinching his mistress Gina Coladangelo, who he personally hired.
Coun Holder has also written to Mr Hancock to “express my ire” over his “hypocrisy”, according to the report.
The councillor told The Daily Telegraph: “I am furious. I do not include his [Mr Hancock’s] 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.”
Matt Hancock with aide Gina Coladangelo
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Cllr Houlder said during lockdown he had been forced to stand outside a church during a family member’s funeral due to restrictions, adding: “Think of people who haven’t been able to bury their mothers or fathers.
"There he [Mr Hancock] is, just groping away, hands everywhere, tongues everywhere, out of his bubble.”
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Fuming at the “double standards, the hypocrisy”, Coun Holder said Mr Hancock “should go before the next election”.
“I think there should probably be a by-election. I don’t think he should cling on, hoping that people’s memories fade,” he added.
Others claimed Mr Hancock had support in the area.
Mr Hancock and his deputy Lord Bethell are also under fire for using his private emails for official work.
On Monday, Downing Street insisted the pair had not used personal accounts – despite leaked minutes of a meeting contradicting No10 – but it later backtracked.
Boris Johnson's spokesman said the pair copied in their official emails.
Labour, meanwhile, has hit out at the Prime Minister for failing to sack Mr Hancock and told new Health Secretary Sajid Javid Lord Bethell should be forced to resign.