Watch: Emotional Matt Hancock tells MPs of death in his family from Covid-19
Mr Hancock made an emotional appeal to rebels in his own party, citing the loss of his own step-grandfather to the virus.
“In my family, as in so many others, we’ve lost a loving husband, a father, a grandfather to this awful disease,” he said.
“So from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you to everyone in Liverpool for getting this awful virus under control.
“It’s down by four-fifths in Liverpool, that’s what we can do if we work together in a spirit of common humanity. We’ve got to beat this, we’ve got to beat it together.”
Mr Hancock said his step-grandfather died on November 18.
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