Sky News presenter Trevor Phillips recalled his daughter’s recent funeral as he grilled an MP on Sunday over ex- Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s lockdown breach.
Sushila Phillips, 36, who worked as a freelance journalist, “died peacefully in her own bed” in April with her parents at her side.
The 36-year-old died after living with anorexia for more than two decades.
Mr Hancock has quit his post in the Cabinet after his kiss with an aide was revealed by CCTV images.
Mr Phillips asked Brandon Lewis: “Over the past two days every Cabinet minister, including you, has come out to essentially defend the Prime Minister and Matt Hancock.
“The pictures that we saw were of an encounter on May 6. On May 11 my family buried my daughter who had died not of Covid but during the lockdown.
“Three hundred of our family and friends turned up online but most of them were not allowed to be at the graveside, even though it was in the open air, because of the rule of 30 – because of the instruction by Mr Hancock.
“Now the next time one of you tells me what to do in my private life, explain to me why I shouldn’t just tell you where to get off?”
Sushila’s sister Holiday, 33, had revealed her death, writing: “Dear all – my beloved sister Sushi passed away on Sunday morning after a 22-year battle with anorexia.
“She went peacefully, in her own bed, in our mum’s arms. Exactly how she would have wanted it. She was one of the wisest, kindest, strongest, and funniest people I knew.
“Eternally compassionate in the face of unspeakable suffering, grateful for the small things every day – the sun on her face and a smile from a stranger, she had the most wicked sense of humour, and she was committed to fighting for justice for people suffering with mental illness.”
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