Matt Hancock resigns as health secretary

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It comes after a photo of him appearing to kiss and hug his closest aide was published in a national newspaper

Matt Hancock’s statement in full as he resigns as Health Secretary

England’s health secretary Matt Hancock has resigned following public outrage over his breach of Covid rules.

His decision to step down comes after The Sun newspaper revealed him kissing government aide Gina Colangelo. The image was reportedly taken on May 6 – when England’s law banned indoor social gatherings of people from different households, and guidance urged people to stay two metres apart and avoid “face to face contact”.

You can read more about the incident, here.

On Saturday afternoon, he issued a video announcing his departure.

In the video, he 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.

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