Matt Hancock was fighting for his job today after he was accused of having an affair with his closest aide when CCTV appeared showing them kissing intensely in the hallway outside his Whitehall office before he said it was safe for the public to hug.
The Health Secretary, 42, has been captured on camera in a romantic clinch with his hand rubbing the back and bottom of millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year.
The incident is alleged to have taken place in the hallway outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at about 3 pm on May 6 this year, the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab. The kiss was also 13 days before the Government eased safety rules including permitting to hug.
Matt Hancock is said to have checked the hallway was clear before shutting the door, leaning on it to prevent it from opening before launching into their warm embrace.
A news outlet alleged that they’d been having an affair that has been the gossip of the department, but it’s not known if they remain in a relationship that was hidden until now.
Matt Hancock has been married for 15 years to his wife Martha, 44, and the couple has three children together.
Martha Hancock seemed sad and upset as she left the couple’s home in north London but didn’t speak to reporters about her husband’s alleged infidelity.
Her husband was nowhere to be seen, however, she was still wearing her wedding band.
They were last seen together in public at the England vs Scotland Euro 2020 match at Wembley a week ago.
Communications director and lobbyist Mrs Coladangelo is a mother of three, whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas.
The shutters were closed at their £4.5 million South London home.
Mrs Coladangelo has been working as an advisor for Matt Hancock with one source saying that before Matt Hancock does anything big, he’ll talk to Gina.
A news outlet has contacted spokespeople for the Health Secretary, and a friend of Matt Hancock’s reportedly told a news outlet that they had no comment on the matter, but that rules had been breached.
However, a Whitehall whistleblower who leaked the footage and reportedly no longer works for the department told the newspaper it was shocking that Matt Hancock was having an affair amid a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire.
I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.
Here’s a man who’s just not up to his job, and Boris Johnson gave it to him not because he’s competent but because he backed Boris, and a skilled person should be spending every waking hour dealing with the current emergency, and who has the time or energy to have an affair, and yet here’s one of only a few of the most influential people in the country and he’s somehow maintaining a wife and mistress, which means he’s not focusing on his work, and you always get caught out in the end, so it was stupid to start it.
Of course, Boris Johnson probably won’t fire him. In addition, he can’t fire him because then it would make Boris a hypocrite because of his own indiscretions in the past.
Maybe his wife might even be relieved because now she can stroll away from this inept nerd with half his earnings, child support and the compassion of the nation.