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Haverhill Town Council's call for Matt Hancock to step down is rejected





West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has ignored Haverhill Town Council's call for him to resign from parliament and defended his decision to jet off and appear on Im A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

Last Friday the town council issued a letter to Mr Hancock, its MP for 12 years, asking him to "do the honourable thing and resign your seat"

In a letter of response, the former Health Secretary, who entered the Australian jungle on Wednesday and faced his second trial last night , said: "Thank you for your letter.

Pictured: Matt Hancock in the I'm A Celebrity jungle. Contributed picture
Pictured: Matt Hancock in the I'm A Celebrity jungle. Contributed picture

"I understand that my choice to accept the invitation on I’m a Celebrity has been a controversial one – as highlighted by the split vote of Haverhill Town Council on this matter.

"As you know, I fight for Haverhill in Parliament, and will continue to do so. I have arranged to ensure important constituency matters can continue to be dealt with while I’m away.

"Over my years as MP for West Suffolk, I have worked hard for the people of Haverhill. We have made progress on access to healthcare, and the recent significant improvement in GP access and delivery is a case in point.

Matt Hancock has entered the I'm a Celeb jungle earlier than planned this week. Picture: ITV/Mark Westley
Matt Hancock has entered the I'm a Celeb jungle earlier than planned this week. Picture: ITV/Mark Westley

"We have started the ball rolling on the Haverhill Health Hub, which I’m confident will be delivered. I know Ambulance response times are difficult across the East of England, and am engaged with the Ambulance Trust on resolving the problems there.

"We have recently seen safety improvements on the A1307, and developments of the research park, which is developing well.

"In Parliament the Government has a strong majority and we have an excellent new Prime Minister who we can all get behind.

I'm A Celebrity... is now underway
I'm A Celebrity... is now underway

"There are many ways to communicate with voters. This is an opportunity to engage with the public – especially younger people - and talk about issues that really matter, including my dyslexia campaign close to my heart.

"If just one dyslexic child from Haverhill sees the show, and realises that they can succeed in life as a dyslexic person as a result, then it will have been worth it.

"More broadly than that, fewer than half of under 24-year-olds voted at the last election, and I think it’s important that we engage the younger audience, and younger voters, and show them that politicians are normal people too.

"I do understand of course that not everyone agrees with my decision. I will ensure that my constituents retain their strong voice in Parliament in the future, and I look forward to seeing you on my return."