Matt Hancock accused of having “an affair with a close collaborator” Gina Coladangelo
Boris Johnson said he continued to have “full confidence” in Matt Hancock after the Health Secretary was accused of having an affair with one of his close associates and breaking the rules. Covid.
The Prime Minister‘s spokesman said Mr Johnson had accepted his minister’s apology and considered the matter “closed”.
Mr Hancock said on Friday he was “very sorry” for violating social distancing guidelines, but made it clear he had no intention of resigning on the matter.
âI let people down and I’m so sorry. I remain focused on the work to get the country out of this pandemic and I would be grateful for my family’s confidentiality on this personal matter, âsaid the Secretary of Health.
The sun claimed Mr Hancock was filmed kissing Gina Coladangelo, the newspaper publishing security photos allegedly taken on May 6.
It was revealed in November that Ms Coladangelo had been given a post of non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC), although there is no public record of the appointment.
What do you think should happen after the social distancing breaks in this photo?
We at The independent I want you to tell us what you think should happen in light of the footage allegedly showing Matt Hancock kissing a close associate.
Let us know if you think Mr Hancock should be fined, should resign or should be sacked.
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Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 6:34 PM
How did Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo meet?
My colleague Matt Mathers examined how Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo met as students at the University of Oxford:
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 6:10 PM
Health secretary post has become ‘hopelessly untenable’, says Labor
Labor said the health secretary’s position had become “hopelessly untenable” while calling for his dismissal if he was not prepared to step down voluntarily.
Shadow Minister of Health Justin Madders said: âMatt Hancock’s failures continue to pile up.
“This latest blog post from Mr Cummings reveals that the Prime Minister lacked confidence in Hancock’s handling of the crisis, and yet, surprisingly, Boris Johnson kept the Health Secretary in office.
âHe left care homes exposed, admitted to breaking his own Covid rules and failed to provide Test and Trace when it was needed most.
“The indictment against Hancock continues to grow – so why didn’t the Prime Minister have the confidence to fire him?”
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 5:47 PM
“Great Britain gets ‘hancocked’ every week”
âBritain is ‘Hancocked’ every week,â Dominic Cummings joked in his latest blog post.
Kate plummer has more on this story on our sister site:
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 5:25 PM
Hancock’s actions raise ‘serious concerns’ and should not be ‘passed under the rug’, says Sadiq Khan
The mayor of London has warned that Matt Hancock’s actions in violation of coronavirus rules make it harder for the public to trust those in power.
Sadiq Khan said he was concerned the fallout could lead to a similar “sense of discontent” following Dominic Cummings’ revelations last year.
Mr Khan said the actions of the health secretary raise “serious concerns” and should be investigated rather than “passed under the rug”.
When asked if it is now more difficult to ask people to follow the advice of senior politicians regarding the coronavirus, he told PA: “I was told today that in fact, you go to all of that effort to get more people to get the jab – it’s a lot harder for people to trust people in positions of power and influence when these kinds of allegations are made. “
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 5:10 PM
Sean O’Grady: How long can Boris Johnson hang on to his Health Secretary?
The independentassociate editor of Sean O’Grady Take a look at how long Matt Hancock could hang on to his role after the latest revelations about his alleged affair with an assistant during Covid:
How long can Boris Johnson hold on to his health secretary?
The Prime Minister has made a habit of keeping ministers in the spotlight, writes Sean O’Grady. But will the latest revelations about Matt Hancock, who has survived a longer stint in frontline politics than many of his colleagues, be a step too far?
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 4:56 PM
More than half of UK public think Hancock should step down, Savanta ComRes poll suggests
More than half of the British public believe Matt Hancock should step down as health secretary following allegations of an affair with a close associate, according to a snapshot poll.
The Savanta ComRes survey found that 58% of those polled believed Mr Hancock should step down, while 25% believed he shouldn’t.
However, another poll found that nearly half – 47% – believed Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be a hypocrite if he asked Mr Hancock to resign.
Chiara GiordanoJune 25, 2021 4:27 PM
Opinion: “What could be more appropriate than if Hancock is shot by a snog”
After helping lead a response to a pandemic that has left tens of thousands of people dead, it’s disappointing that Matt Hancock’s career is somehow taken to pieces by an (alleged) office affair, according to our political sketch editor. Tom peck.
âMaybe, when you are Secretary of State for Health in the midst of a pandemic; when you’ve been on TV telling people that they can only have sex in an âestablished relationshipâ; and when you also publicly called on the police to investigate a government scientist who broke Covid rules to have an affair – maybe you should know it’s wrong to have an old friend as a salary adviser taxpayer and start kissing her at the office mid-afternoon.
“But, you know, maybe he knows it’s wrong.” Maybe knowing it’s wrong, that you really shouldn’t, is part of the fun.
You can find its entirety below:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 4:00 PM
Majority think Hancock should resign over affair allegations, YouGov poll shows
A majority of the British public believe Matt Hancock should resign as Health Secretary following allegations of an affair with a close associate who allegedly broke Covid rules, a snap poll has suggested.
YouGov found that 49% of those polled believed Mr Hancock should resign, compared with 36% who said he should resign in May.
Only 25% said he should stay in his ministerial post, up from 31% last month.
You can see the full results below:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 3:39 PM
ICYMI: Earlier today, our reporter, Adam forrest, took a look at what Matt Hancock said in May 2020 when Professor Neil Ferguson resigned as government science adviser after breaking lockdown rules:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 3:24 PM