Matt Hancock quits after breaking social distance guidance

Matt Hancock quits as health secretary after breaking social distance guidance
Matt Hancock resigned as health secretary following pictures being published of him in an embrace with Gina Coladangelo (left). PA Media
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Daily US Times: British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing a colleague.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, 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”.

Boris Johnson said he was “sorry” to receive Mr Hacock’s resignation.

Former chancellor Sajid Javid has said he is “honoured” to have been chosen as Mr Hancock’s replacement.

Matt Hancock had been under tremendous pressure to quit, after the Sun published pictures and then a video of Mr Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, who are both married with three children, kissing. The newspaper said the footage had been taken inside the Department of Health on 6 May.

Mr Hancock has ended his 15-year marriage to his wife, Martha, and his relationship with Ms Coladangelo is understood to be a serious one.

Fellow Tory MPs, as well as Labour and the coronavirus Bereaved Families for Justice group, had called for Mr Hancock to be sacked and a senior Tory figure said that many MPs had told their whips on Saturday that he ought to resign.

BBC reported that No10 had stressed that it had been Mr Hancock’s decision to go and that he had not been pushed out by the prime minister.

Ms Coladangelo was also leaving her role as a non-executive director of the Department of Health.

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