Matt Hancock and the aide with whom he admitted breaching social distancing guidelines have been “all over each other” this week, it has been alleged.
The Health Secretary is beneath mounting political stress this morning after a video was revealed of him hugging and embracing Gina Coladangelo, a non-government director in his division, in early May.
At the time, hugging and socialising indoors with individuals exterior one’s family was banned.
But in response to The Sun, they’ve been “all over each other” once more this week in the identical ninth-flooring workplace of the Department of Health and Social Care.
Cabinet ministers have warned that Mr Hancock ought to face the sack as Health Secretary over breaching Covid guidelines to conduct an affair if public anger matches the backlash in opposition to Dominic Cummings’s journey to Barnard Castle.
The Health Secretary apologised for breaching social distancing steering and the Prime Minister sought to attract a line beneath the episode by saying he accepted the apology and the matter was “closed”, Number 10 mentioned.
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Matt Hancock’s spouse: The quietly dignified osteopath descended from a baron and a viscount
Martha Hancock’s outsized sun shades couldn’t fairly conceal her devastation on Friday as she stepped out of her London dwelling earlier than a financial institution of flashing cameras.
On Friday evening, Mrs Hancock was seen leaving the household dwelling with what seemed to be in a single day luggage, although it was not clear the place she was going.
Yet the mom-of-three has remained quietly dignified, refusing to touch upon her husband’s alleged infidelity.
An outdated pal described her as “sweet and lovely”, including that her household was “hugely important” to her and that she could be horrified concerning the impact it will have on her kids. Mrs Hancock, a 44-12 months-outdated osteopath, has lengthy protected her household life, opting to maintain a low profile and largely swerving large public occasions.
Urgent investigation into who positioned CCTV digicam in Matt Hancock’s workplace
Matt Hancock was caught in a clinch along with his aide by a CCTV digicam put in in his workplace with out his information, it emerged on Friday evening, as an pressing investigation was launched into the unprecedented safety breach.
The Telegraph understands Mr Hancock had no concept the digicam existed when it captured him kissing adviser Gina Coladangelo, and authorities sources mentioned it was “unheard of” for cameras to be put in in ministers’ workplaces.
It raises the likelihood that the digicam was intentionally positioned by somebody with entry to his workplace with the intention of catching the pair dishonest on their spouses and breaking Covid guidelines. It is the primary time a Cabinet minister has been filmed in their very own workplace with out their information.
In an additional twist, the Department of Health and Social Care’s workplaces use CCTV cameras made by the Chinese firm Hikvision, which is banned within the US due to nationwide safety issues.
A CCTV picture reveals Matt Hancock in a clinch with aide Gina Coladangelo in his central London workplace early final month
‘Private lives are non-public’, says Edwina Currie
Former Conservative minister Edwina Currie has insisted “private lives are private”, after pictures of Matt Hancock kissing an aide in his division emerged this week.
Ms Currie, who had an affair with former prime minister John Major when each had been married within the Eighties, instructed Times Radio: “My own feeling is that private lives are private – they’ve obviously got some explaining to do to their families, but other than that it’s none of our business.
“I believe additionally we needs to be very cautious of being terribly censorious and pious that we wish good behaviour from ministers… I believe if we’re on the lookout for saints we will find yourself with repeats of Theresa May.
“And I think what the public do now in a much more sophisticated fashion and shrewd fashion, is they judge ministers on outcomes.
“And simply as this photograph was showing, we had probably the most vaccinated nation on this planet, which is definitely I believe what the Government must have been doing, what the general public had been hoping for, it makes an enormous distinction – that is the sort of judgment I believe most individuals exterior the Westminster bubble will probably be making.”
Matt Hancock faces sack if affair becomes ‘Barnard Castle moment’
Matt Hancock should face the sack as Health Secretary over breaching Covid rules to conduct an affair if public anger matches the backlash against Dominic Cummings’s trip to Barnard Castle, Cabinet ministers have warned.
Tory MPs urged Boris Johnson to “pull the plug” on Mr Hancock and expressed their frustration to party whips over the Health Secretary’s “hypocritical” behaviour.
A Cabinet source told The Telegraph that while Mr Johnson was “standing by” Mr Hancock at present, “it might unravel fairly rapidly”. The frontbencher added: “If there’s a Barnard Castle second, he’s going to be beneath various stress.”
A senior government source said public reaction was being monitored and could determine Mr Hancock’s fate.
The Health Secretary was accused by senior lawyers of having “seemingly” broken the law, not just Covid guidance, after images of him in a clinch with aide Gina Coladangelo in his office in early May were published.
Mr Hancock apologised for breaching social distancing guidance and the Prime Minister sought to draw a line under the episode by saying he accepted the apology and the matter was “closed”, Number 10 mentioned.