Matt Hancock resigns as health secretary

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Matt Hancock has resigned as health secretary after admitting breaking coronavirus rules.

In a video posted to Twitter this afternoon, Mr Hancock said he had been to see the Prime Minister and handed in his resignation.

In his letter of resignation to Boris Johnson, Mr Hancock said:

“The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.

“I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this.

“I also need to be with my children at this time.”

“It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cabinet as Secretary of State and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved.”

Mr Hancock’s resignation comes after leaked CCTV showed the MP kissing aide and former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in his departmental office.

The images are said to be from 6th May which was more than a week before social distancing rules were eased around close contact indoors for people from separate households.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is “sorry” to receive Matt Hancock’s resignation as Health Secretary.

He said Mr Hancock “should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us”.

Mr Johnson added: “I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.”

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