Even conservative voters want an official investigation into the scandal, the LFF poll reveals.
Voters back an investigation into whether former health secretary Matt Hancock violated ministerial code, after hiring an aide who was later found to be having an affair, LFF may reveal.
Hancock was accused of violating Covid rules after Sun posted CCTV footage of him kissing and hugging lobbyist and assistant Gina Coladangelo in his Whitehall office on 6th May: 11 days before government guidelines were changed to allow intimate contact with people from other households.
Hancock had not previously stated that he had appointed Coladangelo as an unpaid advisor to the Health Department and later as a non-executive director on its board, entitling her to between £ 15,000 and £ 20,000 a year in public funds.
The then Health Secretary apologized under pressure and Boris Johnson declared the matter “closed.” But Hancock was forced to resign after public anger made his position untenable.
Opposition parties called for an independent investigation into the scandal, which broke out in late June, and SNP MP Kirsten Oswald said an investigation was vital to “shed light on Tory cronyism,” or confidence in the Kingdom’s government. Kingdom will erode further.
Conservative Attorney General Robert Buckland told Sky News that an investigation was “a Cabinet Office matter,” but that there does not appear to be an upcoming investigation.
Now voting for Savanta ComRes for Left foot forward has revealed that 58% of voters believe there should be an investigation into whether Matt Hancock violated the ministerial code, compared to only 27% who disagree.
Harmfully for the government, the majority (50%) of conservative voters also back an official investigation, with only 37% disagreeing. The figure rises to 73% of Labor voters who support an investigation.
Calls for an independent investigation are consistent across all age groups and in all parts of the UK, although anger is highest in the Northeast, with 65% of voters backing an investigation into the matter. The majority (57%) of people in Yorkshire and the Humber also support an investigation, and the Hancock scandal is believed to have been a factor in Kim Leadbeater’s Labor victory in last week’s Batley & Spen by-elections.
Jonathan Bartley, co-chair of the Green Party of England and Wales, said Left foot forward: “When a government minister is caught in such a slobbering act of hypocrisy, it is not surprising that the public wants to be held accountable. We saw it with last year’s vision test at Barnard Castle, and we see it again with this blatant break from social distancing.
“With all the sacrifices made individually and collectively, we will not accept that there is one rule for the elite and their peers, and another set of rules for the rest of us. Hancock has clearly violated the ministerial code and should be investigated. “
Dr. Jacky Davis, author and member of Keep Our NHS Public, said that Matt Hancock broke his own rules on social distancing: “People naturally resent the implication that there is a rule for us and no rule for those who they are in power. And we know that the public is less inclined to follow the rules when they see those in power making fun of them. “
He added that ministers must meet the same, if not higher, standards as everyone else: “Hancock must be investigated for violating his own rules; in his position, asking for forgiveness is not enough. “
Unite’s national health official, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, called for a full, independent and transparent investigation into the conduct of the ‘disgraced’ former minister: “It should go back to the beginning of the pandemic, starting with the awarding of PPE contracts to ‘friends’ of the conservative establishment, and also exploring how Gina Coladangelo obtained a high-level position within the NHS, and whether proper appointment procedures were scrupulously followed in her case. “
Besides the matter, the sunday time reported that Matt Hancock “habitually used a [email] account to do business with the government ”, withholding information from government officials and the public, including covid contracts of more than several million pounds.
Hancock had already been he found having violated the Ministerial Code after a company he co-owns with his sister obtained NHS approved supplier status.
After the scandal broke, Labor Deputy Director and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Angela Rayner, wrote to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary and the Government’s Independent Advisor on the interests of Ministers, Lord Geidt, to demand an investigation.
The question asked was: Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigned last week after a story that he had an affair with someone he appointed as an advisor to the Department of Health. Which of the following is closest to your sight?
The survey was prepared by Savanta: ComRes, with fieldwork carried out between July 2 and 4, 2021.
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