Matt Hancock confesses affair with aid ‘blew up his complete life’

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has confessed that being caught kissing his aide “blown up every part of my life” as he separated from his wife and resigned from his government role.

The Conservative MP, who was caught in breach of Covid-19 social distancing rules when images leaked of his romantic embrace with Gina Coladangelo last June, said that he first concerns were for his personal life and his job second in the wake of the scandal.

Speaking to ITV’s Peston show, he said: “As you can imagine, the first thing that I focused on was my personal life and when I focused on my specialized responsibility I decided that I had to resign.”

Hancock was a meaningful player in government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and had been facing scrutiny over the handling of lockdown, in addition as the way contracts had been dealt with, according to the Mirror.

“I’d blown up every part of my life. I concentrated on my personal life first as you can probably imagine… I made the decision,” he said.

“It was clearly the right decision. I just say sorry again for the failure. I let a lot of people down. I’m sorry to the people that I hurt.”

He says that he is in no rush to get back to the front bench.

“I’m not in any hurry. I truly think that being on the backbenches – I’m enjoying it,” he continued.

Matt Hancock said he is in no rush to get back to the front bench.

“It’s a very important job. I think contributions from people who have been there in the heat of battle… Theresa May, the contribution she makes as a former chief Minister. If I can make that sort of contribution…”

Hancock denied that he was directly involved with the giving out of a £40 million contract to a company in his constituency when he was health secretary.

“I’ve absolutely no idea because I didn’t have anything at all to do with that contract,” he told the ITV programme.

“And more importantly, the gentleman in question and his company didn’t get a contract with the department or the NHS. They were a subcontractor and consequently they didn’t have a contractual arrangement with the department… I have been told, by the media and outlets, that somehow there has been some great scandal here, and it’s just not true.

“I had nothing to do with this contract, and there isn’t a contract between my component and the department. He was a subcontractor. But more importantly, at that time, do you remember what it was like?

Images circulated of Matt Hancock’s romantic embrace with Gina Coladangelo last June.

“We were doing everything we possibly could to save lives and all this stuff about contracts, which has all been looked into by the National Audit Office, it is all just – truly what happened behind the scenes is people worked incredibly hard to do everything they possibly could to save lives.”

The UK was slow off the mark in testing people for Covid but now have high percentages compared to other European countries and Hancock believes this is the way to go.

“We should test the hell out of ourselves,” he said.

“The best way to keep yourself safe if you’re seeing people – knowing I was coming to see you, I took a test this morning – we should test the hell out of ourselves and that is the best way to just be really careful and careful. Get those tests – they’re obtainable free – and take them and that will help to keep things open.”

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