The Nepal Weekly | June 27, 2021
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has led the country’s response to the coronavirus, resigned Saturday, who had kissed his aide at the office breaching the social distancing rules.
The resignation of Hancock comes a day after he apologized for kissing the girl, with whom he was having an affair.
Hancock,42, had been under growing pressure since the tabloid Sun magazine published images showing him and senior aide Gina Coladangelo kissing in an office at the Department of Health. The closed circuit television images were taken May 6 – 11 days before lockdown rules were eased to allow hugs and other physical contact with people outside one’s own household, according to the news report published by The Sun.
Sajid Javid, who was the U.K. Treasury chief earlier in Johnson’s government before resigning in February 2020, will replace Hancock as health secretary. Javid was also home secretary in then Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. The government is also facing questions about the circumstances in which Hancock hired Coladangelo, a university friend who was appointed to his department last year as an unpaid adviser and later became a non-executive director at the Department of Health.