UK health minister Matt Hancock resigns after breaking health rules

“The case is closed”, Boris Johnson said on Friday June 25, in reaction to a resounding scoop from Sun revealing the existence of an extramarital affair between Matt Hancock, Minister of Health in his government, and one of his collaborators, all in defiance of the rules of sanitary distancing. Mr. Hancock will not have lasted twenty-four hours: on Saturday June 26, the ambitious Conservative MP, who has occupied the political-media front since the start of the pandemic, presented his resignation to the British Prime Minister in a short video posted on the social network Twitter.

“I want to apologize once again for not having respected the recommendations, and to apologize to my family and my relatives for having subjected them [ce scandale] »said Mr Hancock, 42, before adding that« [il] would continue to support the government and the Prime Minister from the benches, so that [le Royaume-Uni] [soit] able to emerge from this pandemic – whose end is very near now – and to [se] to rebuild for the better “.

The UK tabloid press’ first run on Friday featured a picture that was a little blurry, but left little room for doubt. This is a screenshot taken by a surveillance camera of the premises of the Ministry of Health and dated May 6, in which the Minister of Health kisses on mouth what do you want a woman, namely her employee Gina Coladangelo, 43 years old. Saturday the Sun uploaded a short video, even more explicit.

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“I did not respect the rules of social distancing”

Mr. Hancock is married with three children, and Coladangelo is in a relationship with Oliver Tress, founder of the ready-to-wear brand Oliver Bonas. But the scandal doesn’t end there: in early May, the British were still not supposed to have close contact with anyone outside their daily bubble or household – an injunction that was only lifted on May 17.

These strict rules of “social distancing”, Matt Hancock has never ceased to remind them. Thus, on May 16, live on the Sky News channel, this economist by training, former collaborator of the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, still affirmed: “We all have to be careful, we all know the risks: it’s better to meet outside rather than inside. “ In 2020, Mr Hancock had been particularly harsh on star epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, after the Daily Telegraph revealed that the latter had received a woman at his home during the first confinement. The Minister of Health then welcomed the resignation of Mr. Ferguson from the scientific council which advises the government.

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