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Controversial former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been assaulted at an Underground station close to the Houses of Parliament, it has emerged.
Footage of the incident show the backbench MP being confronted by a man who followed him through the barriers, down an escalator and onto a train calling him a "murderer" while criticising the Covid lockdown.
A member of station staff can be heard begging the man: "Please stop doing this."
In a statement British Transport Police said: "We received a report of a man being assaulted and harassed at Westminster Underground station at 8.47am yesterday morning (January 24).
"A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence and remains in custody. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing."
The suspect reportedly branded Mr Hancock a "murderer" and could be heard claiming that the Covid-19 pandemic was a "fraud".
In response, Mr Hancock remained calm, telling the man: "I don't think this aggression is appropriate."
A spokesperson for Matt Hancock said: "Matt wants to put on record his thanks to TFL and the British Transport Police for their extraordinary work."
Mr Hancock had various roles in government, including Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from July 2018 to June 2021.
In June 2021 it was revealed he had breached coronavirus restrictions with advisor Gina Coladangelo, with whom he was having an affair at the time.
In 2022 it was announced he would take part in ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity.
He was criticised by the families of Covid victims for appearing on the show, and lost the Tory whip for flying to Australia while the House of Commons was still sitting.
He was later formally reprimanded by the parliamentary authorities for failing to clear his appearance in advance.
Mr Hancock's estranged wife Martha is currently being tipped to stand in his seat in West Suffolk.
Mr Hancock remains a controversial figure. While ITV does not reveal exactly how many members of the public vote in I’m a Celebrity’s phone votes, the number of people who voted for him in the final is understood to be significantly higher than the number of people who voted in the 2022 Tory leadership election.
A PR expert has claimed that Mr Hancock could next land a stint in the Big Brother house after placing third on I'm A Celeb
PR expert Jake Holyoak exclusively told the Daily Star: "I think he will absolutely go the TV route, and with sentiment towards him clearly on the up he's probably enjoying his life more now that he's more respected than 'Matt Hancock the politician' was."
In one of his last acts as a working MP, Mr Hancock was mobbed by selfie hunters as he visited a food bank and held an MPs surgery after taking more than three weeks off to appear on the ITV show, in which he finished third.
He said at the time: said: “It’s great to be back in Suffolk on a constituency day.
“We’re getting to the end of my constituency day, having held my surgery, been on constituency visits and its a bit nippy, but it’s good to be back.”
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