UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock resigns after breaking social distance rule.
Written by crest887fm on June 27, 2021
Matt Hancock has resigned as health secretary after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing a colleague.
In a letter to the Prime Minister he said the government “owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down”.
Boris Johnson said he was “sorry” to receive the resignation.
Former chancellor Sajid Javid has been confirmed as the new health secretary, Downing Street said.
Mr Hancock had been under increasing pressure to quit, after The Sun published pictures of Mr Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, who are both married with three children, kissing. The newspaper said they had been taken inside the Department of Health on May 6.
Several newspapers have reported that Mr Hancock has ended his 15-year marriage to his wife, Martha.
Fellow Tory Members of Parliaments, as well as Labour and the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, had called for the health secretary to be sacked and a senior Tory figure told newsmen that many Members of Parliaments had told their whips on Saturday that he ought to resign.
In his resignation letter, Mr Hancock, who served as health secretary for three years, reiterated his apology for “breaking the guidance” and he apologised to his family and loved ones for “putting them through this”.