Matt Hancock Will ‘Release Book’ About ‘Winning Covid War’

Matt Hancock, who resigned as health secretary after his affair with his aide was exposed, is reportedly writing a book detailing his role in the pandemic.
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Matt Hancock, who resigned as Health Secretary after an affair with his aide was exposed, is reportedly writing a book that will detail his role in the pandemic. 

The 43-year-old is believed to be in talks for a £100,000 book deal with publisher Harper Collins, which is rumoured to paint himself in a ‘heroic light’. 

According to the Daily Mail, a ‘well-placed’ source has claimed: “Matt paints a picture of a man burning the midnight oil night after night, staying cool under fire, saving the NHS and rising above petty Downing Street squabbles.

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The former health secretary is reportedly keen to present himself in a ‘heroic light’. Credit:@matthancockmp/Instagram

“If you believe the book, the vaccine is all down to him for backing it against all odds, treating anti-vaxxers with contempt and winning over a sceptical public.”

It’s also been said the book, which apparently has a working title of ‘How I Won the Covid War,’ will cover a ‘blow-by-blow’ account of heated lockdown discussions among cabinet officials.

Supposedly, it will also offer Hancock the chance to dispute claims that he made ‘several mistakes’ during the multiple lockdowns the UK faced. 

The father-of-three reportedly won’t go into detail about the affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo, or how the pair were filmed kissing in his office. 

After hearing of Hancock’s potential new book, Deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner, has shared her thoughts.

She’s reportedly branded the project ‘disgusting,’ adding that it is an ‘insult to each and every bereaved family’ who suffered through the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic.

Rayner then went on to say that ACOBA (the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments) ‘should stop the deal’ in its tracks. 

Previously, Hancock has acknowledged having been ‘approached’ about a book but declined to share further information.

He reportedly said: “I have been approached to write a book, but no decisions have been made.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.