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Who is Gina Coladangelo? Matt Hancock is accused of having affair with close aide and multi-millionaire’s wife


It comes after Mr Hancock came under fire for an alleged affair with his close aide.

The Sun published a CCTV picture allegedly showing Mr Hancock, 42, in an embrace with Ms Coladangelo, 43, in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) shortly after 3pm on May 6.

What does Gina Coladangelo’s life look like outside work?

In her personal life, the adviser is married to her multi-millionaire fashion tycoon husband Oliver Tress who founded high street chain Oliver Bonas.

They have three children together – Talia, Bruno and Layla – and the couple have a paid for live-in nanny at the family home in London.

Their gorgeous five-bedroom detatched home in Wandsworth, South West London is thought to be worth around £4million.

They moved to the bigger home in September 2015, having previously lived in Clapham where Oliver admitted they “barely had a garden”.

The adviser is married to her multi-millionaire fashion tycoon husband Oliver Tress who founded high street chain Oliver Bonas

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What is her job role?

Recently, Ms Coladangelo was described as Mr Hancock’s “closest aide”.

Taxpayers fund her non-executive director role at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Reports claimed she has been attending confidential Downing Street meetings with Mr Hancock.

Initially last March she was taken on in an unpaid role at the DHSC.

As well as her role in government, she has been working as a marketing and communications director for Oliver Bonas which is owned by her husband.

She has 20 years of experience working in communications, according to gov.co.uk.

Recently, Coladangelo was described as Mr Hancock’s “closest aide”

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How does Hancock know Coladangelo?

They go way back, having apparently known each other for around 25 years.

First it’s believed the pair crossed paths at Oxford University – where Mr Hancock also laid eyes on his future wife Martha Miller.

They were at university from 1995 to 1998.

Both Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE).

In their free time, the friends worked on the student radio station together.

Coladangelo apparently knew Mr Hancock from university

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What has Hancock said after the affair allegations?

He said: “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

“I have let people down and am very sorry. I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”



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