Hancock scandal not 'number one issue worrying people,' claims Labour MP

27 June 2021, 15:41

By Seán Hickey

The Shadow Housing Sec. dismissed the furore around Matt Hancock as a 'topic of conversation,' and there are far more urgent issues for voters.

Lucy Powell MP spoke to Tom Swarbrick in the wake of the former Health Secretary's resignation. The Shadow Housing Secretary insisted that there are far more pressing issues for the British public than Matt Hancock's private life.

"Most people and certainly the hundreds of thousands of leaseholders trapped in sellable, uninsurable, dangerous buildings have got a lot of other things on their mind that they want us as politicians, the government and the opposition to be talking about and addressing."

She told Tom that she couldn't quite work out why the nation has spent "three days talking about whether or not Matt Hancock should stay in his job or not."

"It's a topic of conversation but it's not an issue affecting people's lives."

Read More: Hancock affair may be 'a Westminster bubble story' Tory pollster claims

Read More: Government to investigate Matt Hancock footage leak, Brandon Lewis tells LBC

Tom was surprised by the assertions of Ms Powell: "You don't think Labour supporters want to see the leader of the opposition focussing on what Matt Hancock was up to and the decisions made around him staying in his job?"

She insisted that Matt Hancock "should have been sacked on Friday" and now that it is done, Labour should look beyond the former Health Secretary.

Read More: David Lammy's merciless reaction to Matt Hancock's resignation

"What I don't think is that it's the number one issue worrying people day to day," Ms Powell claimed, reiterating for LBC listeners that the public "don't care about whether Matt Hancock's on the job while he's on the job."

"It's not the thing that will change their lives for the better or worse."

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

Post-lockdown extremism fears: 'We know radicalisation takes place online'

Post-lockdown extremism fears: 'We know radicalisation takes place online'

Lisa Nandy: 'I don't feel particularly safe doing the job'

Lisa Nandy: 'I don't feel particularly safe doing the job'

Swarbrick on Sunday | Watch live from 10am

Swarbrick on Sunday 17/10 | Watch again

Covid report co-author: Test and trace system 'real failure' of pandemic

Covid report co-author: Test and trace system 'real failure' of pandemic

Business Sec: Supply chain crisis 'has nothing to do with Brexit'

Business Secretary: Supply chain crisis 'has nothing to do with Brexit'

Swarbrick on Sunday | Watch in Full

Swarbrick on Sunday 10/10 | Watch again

'We've lacked a coherent energy policy probably for 20 years, I would say'

Green energy tycoon: We've lacked a coherent energy policy probably for 20 years

Policing Minister: 'Variety of lessons' can be learned in Everard murder inquiry

Policing Minister: 'Variety of lessons' can be learned in Everard murder inquiry

Donna Jones, head of policing for tackling violence against women and girls in England and Wales, told Swarbrick on Sunday she does not support calls for all officers to be re-vetted.

Officers should not be re-vetted in wake of Everard murder, police chief tells LBC

Former police officer tells LBC she was sexually harassed by colleagues

Former police officer tells LBC she was sexually harassed by colleagues

A leading meat industry boss said on Swarbrick on Sunday that turkey supplies will be short this Christmas.

Turkey shortages: Meat industry forced to go 'cold turkey' without EU labour

Exclusive
Oliver Dowden told Tom Swarbrick the fuel crisis is still a "major problem" in London and the South East.

Fuel shortages remain a 'major problem' in London and South-East, Tory chair tells LBC

Swarbrick on Sunday | Watch in Full

Swarbrick on Sunday 03/10 | Watch in Full

Exclusive
'I'll have to sleep at work to keep surgery open': GP reveals impact of fuel panic on LBC

'I'll have to sleep at work to keep surgery open': GP reveals impact of fuel panic to LBC

Tory MP calls on retired HGV drivers to return to work to save Christmas

Tory MP calls on retired HGV drivers to return to work to save Christmas

John McDonnell has come to Angela Rayner's defence.

Rayner was 'expressing real emotion' and 'humanity' in Tory 'scum' rant, says McDonnell