Matt Hancock has been compared to Alan Partridge in an “awkward” new video showing him meet the voters living in his local seat.
The disgraced former Health Secretary, who was caught snogging his married aide Gina Coladangelo, uploaded a video on his Twitter page on Saturday (September 25) showing himself “out and about” meeting the “people”.
After lying low for a while following his resignation, the Conservative MP for West Suffolk appeared to be keen to show he had put it behind him.
In the clip, which mostly shows him visiting fast food outlets in the town of Haverhill, he gives a fist bump to a worker in a fish and chip shop.
“There we go – fist bump,” he says.
Another snippet shows him lean against a wall while listening to a business owner, then give a thumbs up and leave while saying: “Yep, keep positive. Good stuff.”
“We’ve gotten through it and are coming out the other side,” he says in a chat with two women on picnic benches.
In the caption, Hancock wrote: “Great be out & about in Haverhill yesterday, chat to people on the high street and see the brilliant new splash park funded by the Council.”
The video was watched more than one million times on Twitter but it drew a mixed response, with many people reckoning it was like a “parody” and saying he was “more Alan Patridge than Alan Patridge”.
One viewer joked: “David Brent and Alan Partridge, all in one, it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen for ages.”
“Alan Partridge springs to mind…” said a second user.
Someone else commented: “New Alan Partridge movie looks a bit rubbish.”
Another viewer tweeted: “This is so cringe. It has to be satire. If he thinks this does him a favour I’m speechless.”
“I’d have felt less awkward watching my parents have sex than I did sitting through that. F****** hell,” confessed someone else.
One supporter told Hancock to “ignore the petty haters” and another expressed a wish to see him back in the cabinet in the future.
Alan Partridge is a comedy character played by Steve Coogan and created by the actor and Armando Iannucci.
He is portrayed as prone to social gaffes and desperate for self-promotion.
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