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Matt Hancock resigns after kissing aide Gina Coladangelo


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ealth Secretary Matt Hancock sensationally quit tonight amid outrage after he was pictured breaking social distancing rules kissing his aide.

Mr Hancock apologised when images and video emerged on Friday of him with Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office on May 6.

In a letter to Boris Johnson, he said the Government “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 added: “The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading up 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.”

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.

“I want to thank people for their incredible sacrifices and what they’ve done. Everybody working in the NHS, across social care, everyone involved in the vaccine programme and frankly everybody in this country who has risen to the challenges that we’ve seen over this past 18 months.”

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

Mr Johnson had refused to sack Mr Hancock, with his spokesman saying the PM considered the matter closed after receiving the West Suffolk MP’s apology.

Three Tory MPs had broken ranks on Saturday to demand that he resign after The Sun first reported he was having an extramarital affair.



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