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Matt Hancock is ‘planning a political comeback ALREADY’ after quitting in disgrace over aide affair


MATT Hancock is planning a dramatic political comeback ALREADY after quitting in disgrace over his affair with Gina Coladangelo, according to a report.

Friends of the shamed former health minister say he hopes to “re-emerge” later this year after The Sun exposed his steamy clinch with his married aide.

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Matt Hancock's affair with aide Gina Coladangelo was exposed last week

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Matt Hancock’s affair with aide Gina Coladangelo was exposed last weekCredit: Reuters
CCTV footage showed Hancock and Coladangelo kissing in the Department of Health

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CCTV footage showed Hancock and Coladangelo kissing in the Department of HealthCredit: THE SUN

CCTV footage showed Hancock kissing Coladangelo in the Department of Health on May 6 – when hugging and social contact was banned.

Hancock has not been seen in public since the story broke on Friday, and is believed to have moved in with his new lover after ending his 15-year marriage with wife Martha last week.

But the MP for West Suffolk is now plotting a return to politics in the near future, according to the Daily Mail.

A pal told the newspaper: “He blames himself for everything – this is no one else’s fault.

“For now, his children are his priority and he is going to take some time away.

“But he knows he has to re-emerge at some point. It is going to be a long way back – he knows that – but he is going to try.”

The ousted Health Secretary ended things with his wife Martha last week after 15 years

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The ousted Health Secretary ended things with his wife Martha last week after 15 yearsCredit: Alpha Press

Hancock is keen to maintain a strong relationship with his three young children as he builds a new life with Coladangelo, according to the Mail.

Despite the affair, Hancock, remains popular in his West Suffolk constituency and remains an MP there.

But a source told the Mail that the number of Tory grandees in the area who supported Hancock had been whittled down to just one after the scandal.

It comes after The Sun revealed that Hancock will attempt to turn his affair with Coladangelo into a proper relationship.

Gina, 43, has called time on her own 12-year marriage with Oliver Tress after her affair was exposed.

Oliver, 54, the millionaire Oliver Bonas founder, is said to be “devastated” by the shock revelations, as family pals confirmed the split.

Ms Coladangelo, who has been a close friend of the former cabinet minister since their time at university, was appointed as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care last year.

She is the marketing and communications director at popular British retailer Oliver Bonas, which was founded by her husband Oliver Tress.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been working as a non-executive director at the Department of Health since September 2020.

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