Matt Hancock has admitted his affair with Gina Coladangelo damaged public trust in Covid rules.

The former health secretary was briefly asked about his “mistake” during his appearance at the UK Covid-19 inquiry on Friday morning.

Mr Hancock resigned as health secretary in June 2021 after footage emerged of him kissing his adviser during a period of strict Covid rules.

Inquiry adviser Hugo Keith KC told Mr Hancock: “I am sure you recognize the incredible offense and upset caused by this revelation.”

Mr Keith asked Mr Hancock if he thought this had an impact on the public’s “propensity to follow rules”.

Mr Hancock replied: “Well what I would say is that the lesson going forward is very clear.

“And it is important that those who make the rules follow them, and I have resigned to take responsibility for my failure.”

Mr Keith said the resignation “must have been an expression of the fact that you understood the importance or damaging consequences of breaking any rules or guidelines on public trust in the general public”.

Mr Hancock replied: “Yes.”

The former health minister was seen in CCTV footage hugging Ms Coladangelo, then an employee of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

When Mr Hancock announced his resignation he said he owed it to the public “to be honest when we have let them down, as I have”.

At the time of recording, the country was in the middle of Step 2 of the lockdown plan, which meant non-essential shops were open but hospitality venues were closed.

Social distancing was still in force and people could not socialize with anyone indoors who was not part of their household or support bubble.

The Government’s workplace office guidance at the time said: “Wherever possible, you should maintain social distancing in the workplace.”

The best videos are delivered daily

See the stories that matter right in your inbox

InquiryHealthPoliticsCoronavirusAffairPA

Source : www.newschainonline.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *