Health secretary Matt Hancock is booed and heckled at a general election hustings


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‘Shame on you!’: Health secretary Matt Hancock is booed and heckled at a general election hustings after he attacks Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism

  • Health secretary Matt Hancock met with boos and chants of ‘shame on you’   
  • Sparked after he criticised Corbyn for antisemitism and labelled him ‘racist’ 
  • His comments met with strong disapproval from some members of the public
  • In chaotic scenes one man tried to take mic from him, others heckled the MP  

Health secretary Matt Hancock was met with boos and chants of ‘shame on you’ after criticising Jeremy Corbyn for his handling of antisemitism.

Mr Hancock was speaking while on the hustings in Haverhill, in his constituency of West Suffolk on Friday when he weighed in on Labour’s antisemitism row, labelling the opposition leader ‘racist’. 

His comments were met with strong disapproval from members of the public, who proceeded to heckle the Conservative candidate as the scene briefly took a chaotic turn. 

Health secretary Matt Hancock speaking in Haverhill

An audience member attempts to take the microphone from Mr Hancock

Health secretary Matt Hancock was met with boos and chants of ‘shame on you’ after criticising Jeremy Corbyn for his handling of antisemitism while on the hustings in Haverhill. A man (left) even attempted to take the microphone from him in chaotic scenes

Video footage from the event shows Mr Hancock addressing Labour candidate for West Suffolk Claire Unwin and saying: ‘There is one thing I am more passionate about ridding from our politics than anything else and that is the antisemitic, outrageous, racist attitude of Jeremy Corbyn.’

The MP was not able to finish his sentence before audience members erupted into boos, with one person shouting ‘Disgraceful!’ and another attempting to take the microphone from him. 

Some people began chanting ‘Liar!’ and ‘Shame on you!’.  

His comments were countered by one member of the public who challenged him on Islamophobia within the Conservative party. 

Amid the chaos, a small number of people could be heard applauding his comments. 

It came after Mr Hancock was met with laughter when he mentioned the Conservative manifesto pledge to increase the number of nurses to 50,000, a figure which has been disputed by other parties and includes retaining existing staff.  

Conservative candidate Matt Hancock out riding with the Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket on Saturday

Conservative candidate Matt Hancock out riding with the Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket on Saturday 

Mr Hancock said: ‘So mark me at my word, we have committed to increasing the number of nurses across this country from 280,000 to 330,000. 

‘50,000 more nurses. That is our commitment and we will make it happen. 

‘That commitment can be tracked, can be followed and it is a debasement of the political debate to say anything else.’ 

 

 

 

 



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