By Rachael Grealish
Matt Hancock has resigned as the Health Secretary after footage emerged of him breaking social distancing while getting intimate with his aide.
Hancock had previously apologised for breaking social distancing rules after The Sun published images (and later CCTV video footage) showing Hancock in an embrace with former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo May 6 – this was more than a week before social distancing rules were eased around close contact indoors for people from separate households.
Today, Saturday June 26, the now former health Secretary has posted a video to his Twitter page saying he has resigned from his post.
In his video Hancock doesn’t address the affair, and is comments on him breaking social distancing rules is short saying ‘those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them’.
He said: “I’ve been to see the prime minister to resign as Secretary for Health and Social Care. I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, that you have made.
“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 incredibly sacrifices and what they’ve done, everybody working in the NHS, across social care, everyone involved in the vaccine programme and, frankly, everyone in this country who has risen to the challenges we have seen over this past 18 months. I
“’m very proud of what we’ve done to protect the NHS at the peak, to deliver that vaccine rollout – on of the fastest in the world – and I look forward to supporting the government and the Prime Minister on the back benches to make sure we can get out of this pandemic.
“We’re so close to the end and then build back better so that this country can fulfil its potential, which is so great, and I will do that with all of my heart.”
Hancock had faced backlash with people commenting about the hypocrisy of the departed health Secretary reiterating rules time and time again – such as being able to hug dying loved ones – but was the pictured being intimate with his aide.
Hancock had previously sent a letter to the Prime Minister today, in which 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’.
He said: “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.”
“It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cabinet as Secretary of State and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved,” he added.
Yesterday, it was reported the PM ‘considered the matter closed’ after Hancock apologised for breaking the rules and it became clear he was not going to sack the Health Sec – something Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer said he should have done.
Starmer tweeted: “Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”