‘We preferred it when you were in hiding’: Matt Hancock’s constituency comeback video ridiculed and sees him likened to Alan Partridge, a Sacha Baron Cohen character AND David Brent
- Bizarre video shows Matt Hancock meeting constituents in Haverhill, Suffolk
- Disgraced former Health Secretary met business owners and members of public
- One woman touched his face as she praised him, another said she’s a ‘big fan’
- But the 50-second clip prompted ridicule online, with hundreds of commenters comparing him to fictional comedic characters Alan Partridge and David Brent
Ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been mocked online after releasing a bizarre comeback video of him meeting members of the public in his Sussex constituency.
The disgraced former minister, 42, released the short clip of him walking around Haverhill, West Suffolk, to his 430,000 Twitter followers but was met with ridicule and bemusement.
Hundreds of commenters were quick to mock the MP – comparing him to fictional comedic characters Alan Partridge and David Brent.
A woman revels as she touches Matt Hancock’s face while he meets members of the public in his Haverhill, Suffolk constituency
In a bizarre video released to Twitter, Mr Hancock, 42, fist-bumps a local business owner before being praised for his work during the pandemic
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock smiles as he poses with constituents in a ‘comeback video’ released to Twitter
Mr Hancock, who was forced into an embarrassing resignation after leaked CCTV showed him locked in a steamy embrace with aide Gina Coladangelo in June, has stepped back into the limelight in recent weeks following an interview with the Mail.
In the 50-second video released online, Mr Hancock is seen receiving a pat on the shoulder from a constituent, discussing business with a local cafe owner, and being praised by an elderly resident.
As one woman rubs his shoulder and touches his face, she tells him: ‘It’s good to see you. You’ve done very well. It’s good to see you.’
A shy-looking Matt replies: ‘Thank you, thank you.’
In the bizarre 50-second clip, Mr Hancock discusses car parking with one constituent
While also asking these proprietors of a Haverhill take-away: ‘How’s business?’
Looking down at another female constituent sat on a bench, Hancock smiles as he adds: ‘Well, we’ve got through it haven’t we?’
The quirky montage, which has added background music, also sees Mr Hancock meet with the owner of a cafe, before he another woman declares she ‘is a big fan’ of his.
But commenters questioned the veracity of the clip, with some pondering if all of his interactions were as positive as shown in the video.
Others compared him to the hapless fictional TV personality Alan Partridge and Ricky Gervais’ cocky character, David Brent.
But commenters on Twitter compared him to the hapless fictional TV personality Alan Partridge and Ricky Gervais’ cocky character, David Brent
Taking to Twitter as she reacted to the video, @Melraunch wrote: ‘Alan Partridge springs to mind…’
While @Dee04 said: ‘Had to check if this was a parody account…’
Earlier this year, pictures and video showed Mr Hancock kissing millionaire lobbyist Ms Coladangelo, leading to him handing in his resignation as Health Secretary and admitting ‘those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them’.
The pair, who met while studying at Oxford University, have been pictured together at public gatherings for nearly two years, with one image dating back to the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019.
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