Matt Hancock 'hints at comeback and shows no shame' in resignation speech

Matt Hancock hinted at a political comeback and showed “no shame” in his resignation speech after he was caught on film kissing an aide, a body language expert has claimed.

The former Health Secretary finally resigned yesterday after footage was released of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo at the Department of Health’s London HQ.

In a video posted on Twitter, the married dad-of-three admitted he had to resign, saying: “I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, you have made.

“And those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”

Body language expert Judi James said Mr Hancock’s apology was “clearly not personal”, reports The Sun.

Matt Hancock pictured kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo
Matt Hancock pictured kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo

Matt Hancock pictured kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo.
Mr Hancock and Ms Colajangelo kiss at the Department of Health’s London HQ

“Overall the tone, the building sense of energy and resolution make this sound very much like a man primarily focused on making a comeback,” she told The Sun Online.

“There is no reference to his wife or even implication of any shame prompted by his cheating. He seems to see this as a work-related matter rather than a personal life one.”

She added: “There is still an air of arrogance in his words though as he tells us ‘This is why I’ve got to resign’, steering us to what he sees as the sole problem in his behaviour rather than addressing what the public might see as a matter of disapproval.”

Ms James went on to say Mr Hancock’s messages of thanks sounded “very much like an Oscar-winner’s speech”.

The expert believes the disgraced former Health Secretary’s shoulders rising at the end of the first section of the video showed that he was tying to “subtly reboot his power signals”.

Matt Hancock (C) and aide Gina Coladangelo
Matt Hancock and aide Gina Coladangelo

There were even comparisons to Theresa May’s tearful resignation, Ms James said.

“It is a political-sounding pitch including ‘make sure we can get out of the pandemic’ followed by a political soundbite: ‘Build Back Better’,” Ms James added.

“And lastly a moment selling the idea of dedication to the cause where, like May, his voice sounds on the brink of cracking to suggest tears as he tells us ‘This country can fulfil its potential’.”

Although Mr Hancock apologised for breaking social distancing rules, he initially refused to resign before finally relenting yesterday.

He reportedly rushed home and told his wife Martha that he was leaving her after finding out a newspaper had obtained the shocking video of him kissing Ms Coladangelo.

One of Mr Hancock’s pals told the Mail on Sunday that his alleged affair with Ms Coladangelo is ‘serious’.

Matt Hancock has resigned as Health Secretary

The friend said: “They are in love… It is serious.”

The source also reportedly insisted that the alleged affair began last month, with the office kiss recorded on May 6.

On May 6, when the footage was reportedly taken, England’s law banned indoor social gatherings of people from different households, and guidance urged people to stay two metres apart and avoid “face to face contact”.

Hugging was not permitted until May 17, and 10 days after he was pictured snogging Ms Coladangelo, he appeared on TV urging Britons to be “careful” when embracing.

In a letter to the PM Mr Hancock wrote: “We have worked so hard as a country to fight the pandemic. 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.

“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 be with my children at this time.”

His letter and statement made no reference to his wife, Martha.

The government announced on Saturday that former Home Secretary Sajid Javed will replace Mr Hancock.


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