Matt Hancock discussed blocking funding for disabled children if Tory MP opposed lockdown

MATT Hancock discussed bullying an MP into backing lockdown – by threatening to block funding for a new centre for disabled children.

The then health secretary and his aide talked taking a learning disability earning disability hub in Greater Manchester “off the table” if local MP James Daly opposed his plans.

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The shocking conversation obtained through his leaked WhatsApp messages came ahead of the December 2020 vote on the local tiers system of restrictions for England.

In the messages, aid Allan Nixon said: “I think we need to dangle our top asks over some of these 2019 intake MPs who are going off the boil this coming week.

“James wants his Learning Disability Hub in Bury – whips call him up and say health team want to work with him to deliver this but that’ll be off the table if he rebels.”

To which Hancock responded: “Yes 100%”

Bury North MP Daly said ultimately no threat was ever made, but he was “appalled” and “disgusted” by the revelation.