UK Health Minister Resigns For Breaking Covid-19 Rules By Kissing Aide
Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock resigned on Saturday for breaking the Covid-19 norms by kissing and embracing a taxpayer-funded aide Gina Coladangelo in his office, a report said.
Downing Street has published Hancock’s resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reported Reuters.
British PM Boris Johnson has been under immense pressure to fire his health secretary Matt after he admitted that he broke the Covid-19 rules kissing an employee sparked accusations of blatant hypocrisy.
His resignation came within 24 hours after PM Boris said that he had “full confidence” in him to continue. He dramatically resigned over the incident as he alleged was an affair with an aide in his Whitehall office.
His resignation was announced at 6.15 pm today after Tory MPs went on the record to call for him to go, The Independent report state mentioning that Mr Hancock is believed to be staying at the couple’s constituency home in Suffolk at the moment while Mrs Hancock has remained at their London home with their children.
The 42-year-old minister has been at the centre of the government’s fight against the pandemic, routinely telling people to follow strict rules and even welcoming the resignation last year of a senior scientist who broke restrictions in a similar manner, HT report said.
In a video statement posted on Twitter, Mr Hancock said: “I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in the country has made, that you have made.
“Those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign, he posted the video on his official Twitter handle on Saturday. ”
Hancock apologised on Friday after The Sun newspaper showed him kissing and embracing a senior aide in his office last month, at a time when it was against the rules for people to have intimate contact with a person outside their household, NDTV report said adding, “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances,” he said. “I have let people down and am very sorry.” Johnson said on Friday he considered the matter to now is closed.