Matt Hancock has broken his silence on his alleged ‘affair’ with a female adviser.
The Health Secretary has said he is ‘very sorry’ for ‘breaching social distancing guidelines’ and for ‘letting people down’.
He said: “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.
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“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.”
On Friday morning, photographs were printed in The Sun newspaper appearing to show the politician in a ‘steamy clinch’ with Gina Coladangelo.
The CCTV pictures were reportedly captured inside his Whitehall department on May 6 – two weeks before the ban on hugging people in different households was lifted.
There are now calls for the 42-year-old to resign on Twitter.
One person wrote: “Matt Hancock can stick his apology up his a**e! I risked my life to save the lives of strangers, during the hardest time of my 30 year career.
“I, along with my colleagues followed our strict code of conduct and made family sacrifices to save lives. HE MUST RESIGN NOW!”
Another person added: “If Matt Hancock won’t resign then he should be sacked. Simple.”
Other politicians have also weighed in on the scandal, with the leader of the Lib Dems, Ed Davey, writing: “The reason Matt Hancock should resign is that he is a terrible Health Secretary, not because of his private life. From the PPE scandal, the crisis in our care service and the unbelievably poor test and trace system, he has utterly failed.”
Laurence Fox wrote: “If @MattHancock doesn’t resign today then this is government proved to be morally bankrupt.
“The cruelty he’s imposed on the population, especially the most vulnerable, is criminal anyway, but then to flout your draconian measures, is indefensible. #SackHancock.”
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