Matt Hancock ‘Affair’ News – live: Health secretary accused of breaking his own Covid rules after photo with Gina Coladangelo appeared
Matt Hancock accused of having “an affair with a close collaborator” Gina Coladangelo
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been accused of breaking his own Covid rules after a photo emerged showing him allegedly having an affair with a close friend and a lobbyist who is a taxpayer-funded adviser for the government, according to a report.
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.
On Friday morning, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps attempted to dismiss the allegations in a personal capacity and said he would not comment on the allegations.
It comes after a difficult few weeks for the Health Secretary following revelations Boris Johnson called him “desperate” during the first wave of the pandemic last year.
Matt Hancock was scheduled to visit a Pharmacy2U vaccination site at Newmarket Racecourse as part of a constituency visit to Suffolk this morning, according to the PA News Agency, but he appears to have given up following the events of today.
Pharmacy2U has administered more than 500,000 vaccines to date at pop-up sites across the UK.
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 11:30 AM
Gambling firm Ladbrokes is offering 100/1 odds on Matt Hancock becoming a late addition to Love Island’s lineup this year following today’s allegations about his privacy …
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 11:17
If you’re wondering how to pronounce Gina Coladangelo’s name, don’t ask BBC political correspondent Ben Wright, who was filmed grappling with the last name earlier this morning …
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:54 AM
What were the rules of Covid at the time of Hancock’s ’embrace’
Matt Hancock’s alleged case has raised questions about whether the Health Secretary violated government coronavirus guidelines for social distancing last month.
Our journalist, Joe middleton, reviewed the Covid rules that were in place at the time of the alleged incident:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:51 AM
Possible ‘conflict of interest’ linked to alleged case must be investigated, says Labor
A possible “conflict of interest” resulting from the alleged relationship between Matt Hancock and his assistant Gina Coladangelo needs to be investigated, a Labor shadow minister said.
Sky News has asked Shadow Secretary of Transportation Jim McMahon if the government has any questions about the alleged case, which a minister dismissed this morning as a personal matter.
Mr McMahon told Sky News: “It’s almost certainly a personal matter, the question is whether there is anything about this relationship that could lead to a conflict of interest in a way that we frankly do. have seen with a number of government contracts during the pandemic.
“If that’s the case, of course that needs to be looked at because it would be in the public interest. “
You can find all of his comments below:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:41 AM
Our journalist, Adam forrest, has more details below on Matt Hancock’s previous comments on the Professor Neil Ferguson sex scandal:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:29 AM
Here is a reminder of what the Health Secretary said about Professor Neil Ferguson, formerly a government science adviser, when it was revealed that he allowed a woman who was said to have been his lover to visit his home during the first Covid lockdown.
Professor Ferguson, who played a key role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, has resigned following press reports reporting a lockdown rule violation.
In May 2020, Matt Hancock said:
“Professor Ferguson is a very eminent and impressive scientist and the science he has made has been an important part of what we have heard.
“I think he made the right decision to quit.”
“It is a police matter, as a government minister, I do not have the right to get involved in the operational decisions of police affairs.
“But I think social distancing rules are very important and people should follow them.”
Obviously, the restrictions in May 2021 were much less onerous than they were during the first lockdown but these comments make it difficult for the minister to read now …
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:21 AM
You can find more footage below of Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps attempting to dismiss the allegations against Matt Hancock as a private case earlier this morning:
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 10:05 AM
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Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 9:56 AM
Hancock set to step down due to terrible record, not alleged affair, Lib Dem chief says
Matt Hancock is expected to resign over his “terrible” record as health secretary rather than allegations about his private life, Lib Dem chief Sir Ed Davey has said.
“The reason Matt Hancock should step down is because he’s a terrible health secretary, not because of his private life,” Sir Ed wrote on Twitter.
“From the PPE scandal, the crisis in our care department and the incredibly poor testing and traceability system, it has totally failed. “
Conrad DuncanJune 25, 2021 09:37