Friday, June 21

PM accepts Hancock’s apology and considers matter closed

Boris Johnson has said he continues to have “full confidence” in Matt Hancock after the health secretary was accused of having an affair with one of his close aides and breaking Covid rules.

The PM’s spokesperson said that Mr Johnson had accepted his minister’s apology and considered the matter closed. On Friday, Mr Hancock said he was very sorry for breaching social distancing guidelines but made clear he did not intend to resign over the matter.

I have let people down and am very sorry. I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter, the health secretary said.

The Sun claimed that Mr Hancock was caught on camera kissing Gina Coladangelo, with the newspaper publishing security pictures reportedly taken on 6 May. It was revealed in November that Ms Coladangelo had been given a role as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), despite there being no public record of the appointment.