Matt Hancock admitted breaking his own social distancing rules as hidden CCTV images show the married father of three passionately kissing his top aide in their Whitehall Office.
Whistleblowers revealed the Health Secretary has cheated on his wife of 15 years with Gina Coladangelo, also a married mother of three, who he hired last year with taxpayers’ money. It was revealed in November that Ms Coladangelo had been given a role as a non-executive director at the Department of Health, despite there being no public record of the appointment.
Mr Hancock met close friend and millionaire lobbyist, Ms Coladangelo, while the two were studying at Oxford University.
A Whitehall whistleblower told The Sun it was “shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire”.
In the CCTV footage from 6th May, Mr Hancock is seen checking the corridor is clear before closing the door and then leaning on it to ensure he cannot be disturbed. Ms Coladangelo then walks towards him and the pair begin their steamy embrace.
The Health Secretary said on Friday that he is “very sorry” for breaching social distancing guidelines, but made it clear he does not intend to resign, although he did resign the next day.
Mr Hancock 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.”
It comes after a difficult few weeks for the health secretary following revelations that Boris Johnson called him “hopeless” during the first wave of the pandemic last year.
As the pandemic continues, so does the government’s blatant hypocrisy, arrogance, and disregard of public trust, once again proving that it’s one rule for them and another for us.