The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has spoken out after images emerged online of him kissing an aide.
In a statement this afternoon, Hancock said he is “very sorry” for letting people down but doesn’t intend on resigning.
“I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances,” he said. “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 statement comes after The Sun published photos of Hancock, who is married with three children, embracing aide Gina Coladangelo, who is also married with three children, in his office. The CCTV images were reportedly taken on May 6th.
Since the photos have emerged, Hancock has faced backlash and Labour and the Liberal Democrats have called for Boris Johnson to sack the Health Secretary over the appointment of Ms Coladangelo as an aide.
Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds said: “If Matt Hancock has been secretly having a relationship with an adviser in his office – who he personally appointed to a taxpayer-funded role – it is a blatant abuse of power and a clear conflict of interest.
“The charge sheet against Matt Hancock includes wasting taxpayers’ money, leaving care homes exposed and now being accused of breaking his own Covid rules.
“His position is hopelessly untenable. Boris Johnson should sack him.”
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