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Matt Hancock collects belongings in boxes and bin bags from former marital home


The ex-health secretary, who didn’t appear to be wearing his wedding ring, gathered boxes and packed them up in his car outside the London property

Matt Hancock loading up his car with boxes
Matt Hancock loading up his car with boxes

Matt Hancock has been pictured picking up boxes, suitcases and bin bags of possessions from his former marital home.

The ex-health secretary, who didn’t appear to be wearing his wedding ring, gathered boxes and packed them up in his car outside the London property on Thursday.

Witnesses said he was handed over the belongings by his wife Martha during the brief visit to their house.

Mr Hancock wore a baseball cap which appeared to be pulled down to cover part of his face.

One neighbour told the Daily Mail : “Matt was just dropping off the kids and picking up some things in a low-key way. Everyone here knows he’s trying to do his best by the family in sensitive and difficult circumstances.”







The former health secretary carrying bin bags









Outside his family home in London



Another onlooker said: “His wife appeared and handed him a bin bag which clearly had clothes in it, he took it and walked to his car. This went on for about 15 to 20 minutes, he had his head down the entire time.”

The former health secretary stepped down from his Cabinet role after footage leaked from a CCTV camera inside his office showing him kissing and hugging his aide Gina Coladangelo, breaching his own coronavirus restrictions.







Mr Hancock puts several boxes into the boot of his car



When the former Health Secretary was told by The Sun that they had obtained the CCTV footage of him and Ms Coladangelo, Mr Hancock reportedly told his wife Martha he was leaving her.

The couple had been married for 15 years, having met at university.

He later resigned as Health Secretary and in a letter to Boris Johnson he said: “The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.







He was spotted by onlookers



“I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this. I also need to be with my children at this time.”

He said: “We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.”

He paid tribute to NHS staff and Department of Health and Social Care officials and admitted that “we didn’t get every decision right”.







He wore a baseball cap covering part of his face



But he said: “I know people understand how hard it is to deal with the unknown, making the difficult trade-off between freedom, prosperity and health that we have faced.”

In mid July, it was revealed that investigators have seized electronic devices from two homes in relation to the leak of CCTV footage of Matt Hancock in a clinch with his aide.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said officials raided two addresses in the south of England and confiscated computers and electronic equipment.

The information watchdog confirmed it was investigating after EMCOR Group – the firm running CCTV at the Department of Health and Social Care – submitted a report of an alleged data breach.









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