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Matt Hancock leaves wife 'after telling her the night before aide kiss exposed'


Disgraced Matt Hancock has left his wife Martha, reportedly telling he was leaving her after realising his kiss with anaide was about to be revealed.

Mr Hancock, who has resigned as Health Secretary over his flagrant breach of Covid rules, was filmed kissing government millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo at the Department of Health’s London HQ.

After being told by The Sun that they’d obtained the CCTV footage, Mr Hancock reportedly raced home on Thursday night to tell his wife he was leaving her.

He announced to Martha, who thought they were “happy and stable,” their marriage was over, according to The Sunday Times.

Mr Hancock even reportedly woke up their youngest child, who is eight years old, to say that he was leaving. The couple had been married for 15 years, having met at university.



Health Secretary Matt Hancock with his wife Martha Hancock.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock with his wife Martha Hancock

The claims come after a Tory source told the Mirror that Mr Hancock’s marriage was “completely over”.

“Everyone in Westminster and the Department of Health is talking about it,” the source said.

“Hancock’s pathetic apology for breaching social distancing guidelines has gone down so badly.

“It’s not the affair, it’s the hypocrisy – the do as I say, not as I do.”

Mr Hancock, 42, was at his Suffolk constituency home today, while Martha, 44, was at the family house in London.



CCTV of the kiss
CCTV of the kiss



Martha Hancock, who reportedly thought they were “happy and stable”

He resigned the day after video footage emerged of him kissing an aide in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Images and video showed Mr Hancock in an embrace with Ms Coladangelo last month, and the Health Secretary faced increasing pressure to quit over the breaking of social-distancing rules.

Mr Hancock’s office and Ms Coladangelo, who is believed to have left her role at the Department of Health, were contacted for comment.

Sky News reports that Mr Hancock is now in a relationship with Ms Coladangelo, with friends saying it was ‘recent but serious’.

The pair are also said to have met at university, when Mr Hancock covered sport at Oxford University’s Oxygen FM in the late 1990s, while she read the news.

Ms Coladangelo’s husband Oliver Tress has yet to comment on the scandal, or their alleged relationship.



Matt Hancock, pictured centre, during his University days. Gina Coladangelo is far right, back row.
Matt Hancock, pictured centre, during his University days. Gina Coladangelo is far right, back row.

Mr Hancock finally fell on his sword, writing to Boris Johnson on Saturday and saying: “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 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.”



Matt Hancock, who has resigned, with his wife Martha
Matt Hancock, who has resigned, with his wife Martha



Martha Hancock pictured on Saturday
Martha Hancock pictured on Saturday

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

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 a video posted on Twitter, Mr Hancock said: “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.”



Gina Coladangelo with her husband Oliver Tress
Gina Coladangelo with her husband Oliver Tress

In response to Mr Hancock’s letter, the Prime Minister wrote: “You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us.”

And he said: “Above all, it has been your task to deal with a challenge greater than that faced by any of your predecessors, and in fighting Covid you have risen to that challenge – with the abundant energy, intelligence, and determination that are your hallmark.”



Mr Hancock finally announced his resignation in on Saturday evening

Former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid will replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary, Downing Street has announced.





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