At last!!! A rare example of an incompetent lying shameless feminist resigning.
Former health secretary ended 15-year marriage just hours before affair was exposed
Matt Hancock resigned from the cabinet last night after damaging details of his conduct in the affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo were revealed.
The health secretary fell on his sword after fellow cabinet ministers and MPs said his position was untenable and friends told him it was the only way to save his political career.
Hancock told Boris Johnson he was resigning last night after the Metropolitan Police faced fresh demands to launch an investigation into whether he broke the law by kissing and fondling his adviser while the public were banned from hugging their loved ones.
Both Hancock and Coladangelo are married and each has three children.
Johnson appointed the former chancellor Sajid Javid, 51, as Hancock’s replacement — a return to the cabinet after 18 months for a key ally of the prime minister’s wife, Carrie.
In a video statement last night, Hancock admitted his behaviour had undermined the government’s power to enforce Covid restrictions: “I understand the enormous sacrifices everybody in this country has made, that you have made, and those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that is why I have got to resign.”
The prime minister’s decision to back Hancock on Friday was undermined by a dramatic draining of support from within the cabinet and the parliamentary party. It emerged that Hancock, 42, had told his wife he was leaving her on Thursday evening, immediately after he learnt his affair was about to be exposed. He even woke up their youngest child, aged eight, to break the news. Martha Hancock had had no idea her husband was cheating on her with his university friend and had considered their marriage “happy and stable”.
Details of the separation have enraged party members in his West Suffolk constituency, where insiders predicted Hancock might be deselected as an MP at the next election. But allies said that he and Coladangelo, 43, had a “love match” and were planning to set up home together. A friend of Hancock said: “He is in love with Gina. It started recently but is serious.”
Hancock visited the prime minister at his Chequers country retreat yesterday afternoon. In his resignation letter he wrote: “The last thing I want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.”
In his reply Johnson said Hancock “should leave office very proud of what you have achieved” and held out the hope that he might return to government, telling him: “Your contribution to public service is far from over.”
Even those close to Hancock had concluded that he had reached the end of the line. One ally said: “He should have gone on Friday.”
At least five close friends, including serving and former ministers, had told Hancock to resign, warning that the public saw him as a hypocrite and an object of ridicule for breaking the tough lockdown rules he helped to set.
Turning the screws, the Labour frontbencher Fleur Anderson wrote to Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to “request urgent clarification” about whether he broke the law on social distancing.
Lord Bethell, a health minister, is facing an inquiry by the parliamentary commissioner for standards for sponsoring Coladangelo’s parliamentary pass even though she never worked for him.
Hancock still faces questions about how long the affair has been going on and whether he put Coladangelo on the public payroll so he could pursue their relationship. She became a director on the board of the Department of Health last year at Hancock’s instigation, a post that has an allowance of £15,000. She resigned from the position last night.
Questions were first raised about the extent of their relationship in the summer of 2019, when Coladangelo joined Hancock’s abortive Tory leadership campaign.
One friend, who saw them together, confronted Coladangelo and asked whether she had ever been romantically involved with Hancock. She denied it. Insiders believe the affair had been going on “for months” by the time the covert video was recorded on May 6.
Two sources say Hancock took Coladangelo with him to a two-day G7 health ministers’ summit in Oxford on June 3-4. It is not known if she stayed with him.
No 10 had been concerned that further evidence will emerge of public money being funnelled to “mates” of Hancock. A company of which Coladangelo’s brother is a director won a £28 million NHS contract.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said: “Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”
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