The West Suffolk Conservative Association has refused to comment on Matt Hancock's 'unfortunate' incident in which he revealed a five-figure payment expectation to a fake company.

In a sting operation set up by campaign group Led By Donkeys, the West Suffolk MP told a fake company his daily rate for consultancy would be £10,000.

A spokesman for the West Suffolk Conservatives Association said: "Since October 2022, Matt Hancock MP has been sitting as an Independent, not a Conservative Party Member of Parliament, having had the Whip withdrawn by the Conservative Party.

"Accordingly, the West Suffolk Conservative Association has no comment to make on this further unfortunate matter."

A spokesman for Mr Hancock said: "The accusation appears to be that Matt acted entirely properly and within the rules, which had just been unanimously adopted by Parliament.

“It’s completely untrue to suggest any wrongdoing and therefore absurd to bring Mr Hancock into this story through the illegal publication of a private conversation.

"All the video shows is Matt acting completely properly."