Pressure grows on Boris Johnson to sack Matt Hancock

Pressure grows on Boris Johnson to sack Matt Hancock as 60-seconds long footage of the scandal-hit Health Secretary’s clinch with a married aide emerged tonight, with one Tory MP warning ‘If the public want him out then he could be gone by Monday’

  • Matt Hancock, 42, is accused of  having an affair with lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, wife of Oliver Bonas founder
  • The Health Secretary was caught on CCTV kissing mother-of-three in Whitehall in corridor on May 6, 2021
  • A whistleblower claims relationship was talk of Department of Health, where kissing happened last month
  • Health Secretary Hancock has been married for 15 years to wife Martha and the couple have three children
  • Mrs Hancock left the family home wearing her wedding ring, but looked sad as she declined to comment 
  • The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said earlier today Mr Johnson now ‘considered the matter closed’ 
  • Now, some Tory figures are suggesting that Hancock’s sacking as Health Secretary could still be on the cards 
  • Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats are calling for Boris Johnson to sack him over the alleged affair 
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Boris Johnson was facing an overwhelming clamour to sack Matt Hancock on Friday night.

The Health Secretary sensationally admitted breaking lockdown rules after being pictured in footage of a clinch with an aide at work.

Despite championing draconian restrictions on ordinary citizens, he kissed and embraced Gina Coladangelo on May 6 – eleven days before the ban on hugging was lifted. Both are married with three children.

Mr Hancock had put Miss Coladangelo, a friend from university, on the public payroll only last year. He made no comment on claims he was having an affair with the 43-year-old but added: ‘I have let people down and am very sorry.’

Astonishingly, however, he refused to resign and, after crisis talks in No 10, the Prime Minister personally backed him to stay on and said he ‘considered the matter closed’.

The decision prompted fury last night across the political spectrum, among members of the public and even from business leaders enraged by the Health Secretary’s hypocrisy. 

Tory whips were bombarded with complaints from their MPs.

A Savanta ComRes snap poll found the public wanted Mr Hancock to quit by a margin of 58 to 25. A separate YouGov survey had the margin at 49 to 25.

Support for the 42-year-old was ebbing even in Downing Street, with one senior figure saying his conduct was ‘gross’ and describing the apology he offered yesterday as ‘pathetic’.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘It will all be down to public opinion – it’s the only thing No 10 cares about. They’re polling, focus-grouping all the time and if that starts showing the public want him out then he could be gone by Monday.’ 

Another Conservative MP said: ‘It’s getting like Animal Farm: all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.’

Sayeeda Warsi, a former Conservative Party chairman, attacked the failure to sack Mr Hancock, saying: ‘It’s a bad decision by Matt and a bad decision by the PM.

‘He’s got a huge amount of questions to answer in relation to Covid contracts, access to parliament, giving out jobs. Is there anything anybody could do any more which would make them resign?’ 

Hannah Brady, of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: ‘Hancock has treated bereaved families with contempt. He’s got to go.’ In a letter to Mr Johnson the campaign group said that Mr Hancock’s continuing presence in the Cabinet was ‘an embarrassment to the Government’.

Labour also called for the Health Secretary to go and branded the Prime Minister ‘spineless’ for failing to sack him.

Party chairman Anneliese Dodds said: ‘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.’ 

On an extraordinary day:

  • Mr Hancock was accused of breaking the ministerial code, which calls for ‘proper and appropriate’ working relationships;
  • Downing Street refused to comment on whether he had broken the law as well as social distancing guidance;
  • Mr Johnson was said to be considering moving Mr Hancock to a low-profile role;
  • Tory MPs stepped up calls for the scrapping of ‘authoritarian’ lockdown rules promoted by Mr Hancock;
  • Ministers faced questions about the role played by Miss Coladangelo, a millionaire former lobbyist married to the founder of the Oliver Bonas retail chain;
  • An investigation was launched into how security camera footage of Mr Hancock kissing Miss Coladangelo in his office was leaked to The Sun;
  • Mr Hancock’s wife Martha declined to comment, amid Whitehall rumours that she had thrown him out of the family home;
  • Scientists suggested Mr Hancock’s conduct could undermine compliance with remaining Covid restrictions;
  • Former top aide Dominic Cummings stepped up his attacks on Mr Hancock, saying his ‘negligence’ during the pandemic had ‘killed people’.

This is the image that has left Matt Hancock fighting for his job today that appears to show him kissing his millionaire aide – who is on the public payroll – in the corridor outside his office in May this year

Mr Hancock said sorry for breaking social distancing and asked for ‘privacy’ for his family, but refused to resign as Health Secretary

There was no on-camera apology to the public from the Health Secretary yesterday despite questions over whether he had lost his focus on the pandemic.

When Neil Ferguson, a key government adviser, resigned for breaching lockdown rules last year, Mr Hancock said he was right to go and the police should investigate.

Last September Mr Hancock told people not to start romantic relationships because of the risk it could spread Covid.

And on May 16, ten days after his clinch with Miss Coladangelo, he said people should be ‘careful’ about the new freedom to hug – and suggested they should do so only outside with people who had been fully vaccinated. Liberal Democrat health spokesman Munira Wilson said: ‘Matt Hancock is a terrible Health Secretary and should have been sacked a long time ago for his failures.

‘This latest episode of hypocrisy will break the trust with the British public. He was telling families not to hug loved ones, while doing whatever he liked in the workplace.

‘Rules for them and rules for us is no way to run a country.’

Mystery surrounds the recruitment of Miss Coladangelo, who met Mr Hancock while volunteering at the student radio station at Oxford University in the 1990s. She worked on Mr Hancock’s failed Tory leadership campaign in 2019 and was secretly taken on as an unpaid adviser at the Department of Health last year before being made a non-executive director on a £15,000 contract.

A Tory source said the pair had become inseparable, adding: ‘They always appeared to be incredibly close. Her status was always slightly mysterious but she went everywhere with him. She was in every meeting.’

The Health Secretary was grilled about his conduct by senior figures from the Cabinet Office’s propriety and ethics team before Mr Johnson decided he would stand by him. The Prime Minister, who was sacked by Michael Howard for lying about an extramarital affair, is said to have been reluctant to hand the media a scalp.

Downing Street refused to comment yesterday on whether Mr Hancock had offered his resignation at any point.

The episode echoes the infamous lockdown-busting trip to Durham made by Mr Cummings last year.

Paul Charles, founder of The PC Agency, a travel consultancy, said: ‘Most people in the country will be asking themselves why they should listen to advice on travel and social distancing when the Health Secretary isn’t even following the rules. The sector has been so badly hit, it’s even more galling now to see ministers in such positions.

‘Most people will be questioning whether Matt Hancock has any position of authority.’

In its letter to the Prime Minister, Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice said: ‘If Matt Hancock is unable to find the decency to do the right thing and resign his position it is paramount that you relieve him from it.’

A heartbroken Martha Hancock walks the couple’s dog near their north London home today as he husband admitted he had ‘let people down’ but refused

The Health Secretary, 42, has been seen having a passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo (pictured here with Matt Hancock outside Downing Street in May), according to The Sun 


Martha Hancock looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s north London home this morning after claims that her husband has been  having a secret affair. She didn’t comment

The Hancocks – who met while they were both students at Oxford University – split their time between London and West Suffolk, the constituency he represents. While his farmhouse (pictured) was closed up today, locals hit out at the hypocrisy of married Mr Hancock being caught in a steamy clinch with Mrs Coladangelo

As Downing Street made its first comments it confirmed suspicions that Boris Johnson would not sack his Health Secretary given his own chequered love life, especially after his own alleged four-year affair with American pole-dancing businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, who he employed as an advisor while Mayor of London. 

Mr Hancock’s kiss with Ms Coladangelo, a mother-of-three whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas, is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6 this year – the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab.  

Mr Hancock is said to have checked the corridor is clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before launching into their passionate embrace. The Sun claims they have been having an affair that has been the talk of the department – but it is not known if they remain in a relationship that was a secret until today.  

He married Martha, 44, in 2006 and the couple have three children together. Mrs Hancock looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s home but didn’t speak to reporters about her husband’s alleged infidelity.  Her husband was nowhere to be seen, however, she was still wearing her wedding ring.    

The shutters were closed at the £4.5million South London home Mrs Coladangelo shares with Oliver Tress and their three children today. They are also believed to have a country home near the West Sussex coast. She has been working as an advisor for Mr Hancock since last year, with one source saying: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina’.

But they first met at Oxford University 25 years ago at their college’s radio station and Mrs Coladangelo is friends with Matt Hancock’s wife on Facebook and they have spent time together socially.  

Mr Hancock has been married for 15 years to wife Martha, with whom he has three children


Mrs Coladangelo (pictured here with husband Oliver Tress – the founder of the Oliver Bonas clothing chain), who is a director and shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon

Matt Hancock smiles and laughs at his alleged lover as they leave the BBC after appearing on the Marr show in June

The woman Matt Hancock has been allegedly having an affair with is a millionaire communications director of fashion firm Oliver Bonas, which was the brainchild of her husband. 

Gina Coladangelo works for the company her spouse Oliver Tress founded – while also being Mr Hancock’s closest aide. The mother of three, 43, is a major shareholder – as well as director – of the lobbying firm Luther Pendragon.

Gina Coladangelo leaves the BBC with Mr Hancock on June 6

Mrs Coladangelo, who lives with her husband and their three children in South West London, appointment to the Department of Health in March 2020 by Mr Hancock sparked uproar due to her outside interests. 

Mr Hancock and Mrs Coladangelo, who it was revealed last night have allegedly been having an affair, first met at Oxford University while working on student radio together.

She studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at Oxford between 1995 and 1998, the same as Mr Hancock. 

Despite them knowing each other and apparently maintaining their friendship, Mr Hancock married Martha Millar in 2006, with whom he now has three children.

Mrs Coladangelo has been spotted leaving Downing Street with the Health Secretary on a number of occasions.  A source told the Sunday Times last year: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina. She knows everything.’

But her new role was not made public despite her getting access to £15,000 from the taxpayer.   

She was an unpaid adviser for Mr Hancock but claims of ‘chumocracy’ emerged in November when it was revealed she was attending confidential meetings.

Mrs Coladangelo was made a non-executive director at the Department for Health in September. She shows off the role on her LinkedIn page and has to ‘oversee and monitor performance’. 

Away from work, Mrs Coladangelo has three children – Talia, Bruno and Layla. In 2012 she told the Daily Mail how she had returned to work while being a mother.

She paid for a live-in nanny at their home in south-west London and worked flexible hours.

Mrs Coladangelo said: ‘I don’t worry about my children being closer to their nanny, because I spend as much time as I can with them.

‘I would never dream of telling other mothers what to do with their lives. Every woman has to make her own choice.

‘But I feel very fortunate in my education and believe those years shouldn’t be wasted. I want to work to give something back.’

Her husband Oliver gave an interview to the Financial Times in November 2015 and spoke about their house. He said: ‘Our indulgence was moving to a bigger home in Wandsworth in September. We barely had a garden in Clapham, but the new house has a bigger garden and more space downstairs.

‘We might be able to build an extension. The mortgage will still be pretty considerable, as retail businesses are not necessarily throwing up a lot of cash. I am not a tycoon.’    

Earlier on Friday, Downing Street said the Prime Minister has accepted Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s apology for breaching social distancing guidelines and ‘considers the matter closed’.

‘You’ve seen the Health Secretary’s statement, so I would point you to that,’ a spokesman for the Prime Minister said after being asked by reporters why Mr Hancock remained in post.

‘I don’t really have anything further to add.

‘The Health Secretary set out that he accepted he had breached the social distancing guidelines and he has apologised for that.

‘The Prime Minister has accepted the Health Secretary’s apology and considers the matter closed.’

Asked whether Boris Johnson had ‘full confidence’ in Mr Hancock, the spokesman replied: ‘Yes.’

Downing Street repeatedly refused to comment on whether Health Secretary Matt Hancock had broken the law after he was pictured kissing a close aide in his Whitehall department.

A Downing Street spokesman told a Westminster briefing: ‘I would point you to his statement. He says ‘I accept I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances’.

‘He sets out that he apologises for that and as I say, the Prime Minister has accepted that apology.’

Responding to the PM’s spox claiming the Matt Hancock affair is ‘closed’, a Labour Party spokeswoman said: ‘This matter is definitely not closed, despite the Government’s attempts to cover it up.

‘Matt Hancock appears to have been caught breaking the laws he created while having a secret relationship with an aide he appointed to a taxpayer-funded job. The Prime Minister recently described him as ‘useless’ – the fact that even now he still can’t sack him shows how spineless he is’.

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has declined to comment on Matt Hancock’s actions.

Asked outside the Department of Health, in central London, on Friday afternoon if he had anything to say about the Health Secretary’s apology, Prof Whitty replied: ‘Nothing.’

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has said there are ‘legitimate public interest questions to be answered’ after images were published appearing to show Health Secretary Matt Hancock in an embrace with his aide.

When asked about the matter during a press conference, Mr Drakeford said: ‘I think there is a legitimate distinction to be drawn between what people do in their private lives and what they do in their public lives.

‘I’m not trying to make points about what people do as entirely private matters, but in the case of Mr Hancock it does seem to me that there are some issues that are of genuine public interest.

‘I do think there are questions that need to be answered about whether those rules were broken, the social distancing rules.

‘Mr Hancock himself was very quick to condemn a senior academic from Imperial College when he was found breaching those rules, so I think there are questions, legitimate public interest questions, to answer there.

‘I think there are legitimate public interest questions to be answered about how individuals are appointed if they turn out to be in a different sort of relationship with the minister who was responsible for their appointment.

‘Certainly here in Wales, I always expect the whole of our ministerial team to observe the rules that we expect other people to observe.

‘You can’t make laws for other people and then not be willing to abide by them yourself.’

Mr Hancock was meant to be at Newmarket Racecourse to visit the vaccination centre but a spokesman revealed he cancelled at the last minute ‘early this morning’. 

A Department of Health probe into how the footage from outside Mr Hancock’s office was leaked is expected, with the whistleblower described as a former civil servant who was angry about his ‘brazen’ affair, adding: ‘They have tried to keep it a secret but everyone knows what goes on inside a building like that’.  

The kiss was also 11 days before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission for the public to hug at a time where Mr Hancock told people: ‘Always stay two metres away from people you don’t live with’ and using the mantra: ‘Hands, face and space’.

Labour Party chair, Anneliese Dodds, commenting on revelations about Matt Hancock, 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.’ 

Will serial adulterer Boris Johnson sack Matt Hancock despite his affair with Jennifer Arcuri and the PM’s own chequered love life? 

Boris Johnson is said to have had a four-year affair with Jennifer Arcuri – a pole-dancing American businesswoman. 

Matt Hancock is clinging to his job today as he waits to hear if serial adulterer Boris Johnson will sack him.

But some have suggested that the PM’s own chequered love life, including a series of affairs might prevent him giving the Health Secretary the push.

When he was Mayor of London he made Jennifer Arcuri his lover, and the Prime Minister even sent his former mistress a text message saying ‘I miss you and I need you’ while courting current fiancee Carrie Symonds, it is alleged.

When he was at City Hall, Boris Johnson is said to have had a four-year affair with Ms Arcuri – a pole-dancing American businesswoman.

In a new biography about the Prime Minister called The Gambler, by Tom Bower, it is claimed Miss Arcuri ended their relationship as his second term as mayor came to an end in May 2016.

The biography claims his last text message to her was sent on December 29, 2018. He allegedly wrote: ‘I miss you and I need you.’ She deleted the text.

By then, Mr Johnson was divorcing his wife Marina Wheeler and had already been courting Miss Symonds since February of that year. No 10 declined to comment.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care Munira Wilson MP said: ‘Matt Hancock is a terrible Health Secretary and should have been sacked a long time ago for his failures.

‘This latest episode of hypocrisy will break the trust with the British public. He was telling families not to hug loved ones, while doing whatever he liked in the workplace.

‘It’s clear that he does not share the public’s values. Rules for them and rules for us is no way to run a country.

‘From the PPE scandal, the crisis in our care service and the unbelievably poor test and trace system, he has utterly failed. It is time for the Health Secretary to go.’

A Whitehall whistleblower who leaked the footage and reportedly no longer works for the department, told The Sun it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire’.

The alleged affair piles even more pressure on Mr Hancock, who was already reportedly battling for his job over his handling of the pandemic Dominic Cummings released WhatsApp messages from the PM that showed Mr Johnson branded him ‘f***ing useless’.

Aside from the serious allegations of an affair, there will also be questions to answer about kissing someone outside his bubble during the pandemic and whether this breaches any of the Covid rules he has helped create. 

Mr Hancock, who is yet to comment, has cancelled an event in his West Suffolk constituency this morning where he would have faced questions over the affair and whether he can keep his job. He also deleted an Instagram post from last night where he said he ‘works with some brilliant women’.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said today it was an ‘entirely personal’ matter for his cabinet colleague.  He told LBC radio: ‘I have seen the photo but, as ever with private matters, I always try to avoid commenting on other people’s personal lives and I think I’ll stick with that tradition here.’

Asked whether the Health Secretary should have been ‘ignoring social distancing’, Mr Shapps replied: ‘I’m quite sure that whatever the rules were at the time were followed. You’ll recall that there was a point at which social distancing rules were changed but, as I say, I don’t want to comment on somebody else’s private life – that is for them.’

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he would not be commenting on an ‘entirely personal’ matter after pictures were published allegedly depicting his married Cabinet colleague Matt Hancock in an embrace with his closest aide.

Mr Shapps told Sky News that former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo – who the Health Secretary met at university – would have gone through an ‘incredibly rigorous’ process to get the job.

Hancock had cosy clinch with millionaire aide the day before he was blasted for ‘sexist’ remarks in the Commons before vanishing for ten days before BBC appearance with his ‘lover’

The Health Secretary (right) disagreed when Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (left) and was accused of sexism in the exchange on the day before the kiss with Gina Coladangelo

Matt Hancock’s CCTV snog with Gina Coladangelo on May 6 came on the day after he was accused of sexism.

On May 5 Health Secretary was castigated for telling a female Labour MP to ‘watch her tone’ after she grilled him on the government’s coronavirus testing strategy in the House of Commons.

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a former Labour deputy leader candidate who also works as an A&E doctor in the fight against the pandemic, said the government’s policy had ‘cost lives’ and called on Hancock to commit to a minimum of 100,000 tests per day going forward.

In response, an indignant Health Secretary told the Labour MP that she should ‘take a leaf out of the shadow secretary of state’s book in terms of tone’.

Dr Allin-Khan, who attends shadow cabinet meetings, shared the exchange on social media and later tweeted she would not ‘watch her tone’ when challenging the government. The Health Secretary’s comment sparked uproar among MPs, with former acting Labour Party leader Harriet Harman branding it ‘creepy’.

Mr Hancock kept a fairly low profile at the time of the kiss.

His last public appearance before the May 6 clinch was on April 30, while on the local election trail for the Tories. 

He went for a pint in a pub garden (right) as he campaigned inside the ‘Red Wall’. 

And then his next appearance in public was ten days after this kiss, on May 16, and was seen with his alleged lover at the BBC.

Mr Hancock and Gina Coladange looked serious as they left Broadcasting House together (below)

The Health Secretary had just appeared on the Andrew Marr show where he discussed the loosening of lockdown rules the following day.

Asked about the rules around appointing friends to Government positions, Mr Shapps said: ‘First of all, I think the actual issue is entirely personal for Matt Hancock. 

‘In terms of rules, anyone who has been appointed has to go through an incredibly rigorous process in Government, so whatever the rules are, the rules will have to be followed.

‘There are no short cuts to that, as anyone who has had anything to do with the appointments system in the Civil Service knows.

‘There are very strict rules in place.’

Labour said the Government needs to answer whether the Health Secretary had broken any rules or there had been ‘conflicts of interest’ in the appointment of his closest adviser. 

It follows reports that Matt Hancock has been having a relationship with a senior aide whom he first met when they were at Oxford University.

An Opposition party spokesman said: ‘Ministers, like everyone, are entitled to a private life.

‘However, when taxpayers’ money is involved or jobs are being offered to close friends who are in a personal relationship with a minister, then that needs to be looked into.

‘The Government needs to be open and transparent about whether there are any conflicts of interests or rules that have been broken’.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said he has ‘every confidence’ in the Health Secretary.

Speaking after a vaccine summit in London, Mr Zahawi told reporters: ‘I have every confidence in Matt Hancock.’

Asked if he was disappointed in Mr Hancock’s behaviour, he said: ‘I’ve said everything I’m going to say on it. He’s apologised. He’s focusing on making sure that we get this (vaccine) sprint, this big sprint up to the 19th of July.’

Asked if it makes it harder for the public to follow the rules: ‘The Secretary of State has apologised and has said everything he needs to say and the Prime Minister has full confidence in his Secretary of State and considers the matter closed.’

But Tim Montgomerie, a former Tory spad and ex-editor of the Conservative Home website, told Channel 4 News that Mr Hancock ‘definitely should resign’.

He also tweeted earlier: ‘For goodness’ sake will any Conservative minister resign after they’ve done the wrong thing? Ever? Will anyone set an example?’

It comes after photographs appearing to show Mr Hancock kissing Mrs Coladangelo were published in the paper.

In the pictures, which appear to be from CCTV footage, Mr Hancock also appears to have his hand on the woman’s backside.

Meanwhile, a source told the Sun that it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic’.

According to paper, the incident took place around 3pm on May 6, on the day of the local elections. 

But the whistleblower told the Sun that they have been caught having ‘regular clinches together’.

The source told the paper: ‘It has also shocked people because he put her in such an important, publicly-funded role and this is what they get up to in office hours when everyone else is working hard.’

Mrs Coladangelo, who is a director and shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, was appointed to the Department of Health as an unpaid adviser in March last year.

Mrs Coladangelo was appointed as a non-executive director at the department in September, meaning she is a member of the board.

She can claim up to £15,000 in taxpayers’ money in the role, though there is no public record of her appointment.

Mrs Coladangelo has had a parliamentary pass, which gives her access to Westminster, since April. Some claimed she started work in March 2020, but her LinkedIn says it was in September last year.

Mr Hancock was due to visit a vaccination centre today in his constituency but pulled out at the last minute because of the sleaze scandal engulfing him.

He cancelled plans to visit the Pharmacy2U centre at Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk after a photograph emerged of the married politician kissing and embracing aide Gina Coladangelo.

A photographer employed by Pharmacy2U turned up to the racecourse this morning to take photos of the event but said he had been informed that Hancock would not be turning up.

The Hancocks, Gina Coladangelo and Oliver Tress: Timeline reveals how all four link together 

  • 1993: Oliver Tress opens the first Oliver Bonas store on London’s Fulham Road
  • 1995: Matt Hancock starts studying PPE at the same time as Gina Coladangelo at Oxford University, where he also meets his future wife Martha Millar
  • 1998: Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo graduate from Oxford, where they also worked on studio radio
  • 2006: Matt Hancock marries Martha Millar
  • 2002: Gina Coladangelo starts working at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, where she stays until 2014
  • 2011: Oliver Tress and Gina Coladangelo are believed to have married around this year
  • 2014: Gina Coladangelo starts working as marketing and communications director at Oliver Bonas
  • 2018: Matt Hancock becomes Health Secretary
  • 2020: Gina Coladangelo is hired by Matt Hancock as a non-executive director at the Department of Health

 

And asked if his no-show was a disappointment, one vaccination worker said: ‘Nope, it’s not the first time he has cancelled on us.’

However, when pressed a manger for Pharmacy2U refused to comment but denied that the Health Secretary had pulled out on previous visits.

The reports of the alleged affair come just weeks after Hancock was pictured enjoying lunch out with wife Martha – the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – in London.

The pair were seen waiting for a taxi after eating at Exmouth market in the capital. 

They were last seen together in public at the England vs Scotland Euro 2020 match at Wembley a week ago. 

Earlier this year, the father-of-three, who has two son and a daughter, was seen playing rugby in the park with his boys. 

Matt Hancock met Gina when they worked on the Oxford University student radio station together in the 1990s.

Hancock was a minority sports reporter on Oxygen FM while studying for a philosophy, politics and economics degree.

Gina who was on the same course and also worked at the radio station where they became close friends. 

They would have studied together, volunteered together on the radio station and socialised together while at Exeter College, Oxford.

She was described as Hancock’s ‘closest friend’ from university when he appointed her as an unpaid adviser last year.

Hancock has spoken fondly of his days working alongside Coladangelo on the now defunct radio station. 

As newly appointed Minister for Digital and Culture in 2016 he said: ‘I think I somehow knew, when as a student I worked as minority sports correspondent for Oxygen 107.9 FM, that one day I’d become Minister for radio.’

The Sky Sports presenter David Garrido worked at the student radio station at about the same time as the couple.

The affair claims come just a day after the Queen expressed her sympathy for the under fire Health Secretary, referring to  him as ‘poor man’. 

Gina Coladangelo and her husband Oliver Tress live in this property in South West London


Mrs Hancock wore sunglasses as she left home for work this morning hours after her husband’s alleged affair emerged

Gina Coladangelo (Left) with Health secretary Matt Hancock at BBC Broadcasting House in central London where the Health Secretary appeared on The Andrew Marr show in early June

Last night, Mr Hancock, prior to the publication the alleged affair, posted an Instagram story appealing for more women to ‘get involved in politics’. It was deleted this morning

Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson meets Oliver Tress while visiting an Oliver Bonas store in November 2015

Matt Hancock and wife Martha spotted out in London earlier this month. The couple had lunch in Exmouth market in the city of London

‘I’m just busy saving lives!’: What Matt Hancock said in month where he was kissing his millionaire aide 

Matt Hancock outside his home in north west London following Dominic Cummings’ bombshell evidence to MPs 

Matt Hancock’s tryst with his top aide last month came at a time when he said he was too busy fighting the pandemic to watch the news. 

The Health Secretary was in the firing line after Dominic Cummings’ allegations to MPs that Mr Hancock is a serial liar who should have been sacked for his ‘criminal, disgraceful behaviour’ during the pandemic. 

After Mr Cummings’ appearance in Parliament the Health Secretary was arriving at his north London home when he was asked to respond to the former No10 chief aide’s claims that his dishonesty directly hindered the Government’s handling of the crisis and led to thousands of deaths.

Mr Hancock told reporters: ‘I haven’t seen this performance today in full, and instead I’ve been dealing with getting the vaccination rollout going, especially to over-30s, and saving lives.

‘I’ll be giving a statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and I’ll have more to say then.’

The Monarch, 96, made the comment as she welcomed Boris Johnson back to Buckingham Palace for her first in-person weekly audience with the Prime Minister since March last year. 

The monarch told Mr Johnson it was ‘very nice to see you again’ and the premier replied: ‘Lovely to see you again. It has been 15 months…’

The Queen then said: ‘Has it really? It is most extraordinary, isn’t it? I have just been talking to your Secretary of State for Health, poor man, he came to the privy council. He is full of…’

Mr Johnson interrupted and suggested ‘full of beans’ as the Queen then continued: ‘He thinks that things are getting better.’

Mr Johnson replied: ‘Well, they are…’

The expression of sympathy from the monarch comes after Mr Hancock found himself at the centre of a political firestorm after Dominic Cummings published text messages from the PM in which Mr Johnson referred to the Cabinet minister as ‘totally f****** hopeless’.  

The Health Secretary dismissed the significance of the bombshell messages from Mr Johnson.

Mr Hancock said the communications, sent during the height of the coronavirus crisis last year, represented ‘ancient history’.

He said that ‘at times of stress people say all sorts of things in private’ but ‘what matters most is how well you work together’.

The Cabinet Minister also said he is not embarrassed by Mr Johnson’s apparent assessment of his performance.

Mr Cummings, the PM’s former chief aide, stepped up his war with Number 10 last week when he published a number of messages sent to him by Mr Johnson.

In one exchange from March 27 last year, Mr Cummings criticised the Health Secretary over the failure to ramp up testing, with Mr Johnson replying: ‘Totally f****** hopeless.’

Another from the same day saw Mr Cummings complain that the Department of Health had been turning down ventilators because ‘the price has been marked up’. Mr Johnson said: ‘It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.’ 

On April 27, Mr Johnson apparently messaged Mr Cummings to say that PPE procurement was a ‘disaster’, suggesting that responsibility should be taken away from the Health Secretary.

‘I can’t think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on,’ the PM said.

Was Health Secretary’s office snog illegal? 

The Health Secretary was pictured embracing his aide Gina Coladangelo on May 6 in what appears to be CCTV footage from inside the Department for Health and Social Care.

Legislation in place at the time stated that ‘no person may participate in a gathering’ that ‘consists of two or more people… and takes place indoors.’

The only exception to this rule was for ‘work purposes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services’.

It is unclear whether Mr Hancock believes his embrace was part of a work meeting.

Guidance in place until May 17 also said people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

Specifically regarding workplaces, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had guidance in place at the time saying they must be kept Covid-secure.

It said social distancing ‘means keeping people apart to help reduce the spread of coronavirus’, adding: ‘Where possible, you should keep people 2m apart. If this is not possible, consider additional control measures.’

The additional measures that could be used if social distancing was not possible included deciding ‘if the activity can be stopped’ and keeping ‘the activity time as short as possible’.

The workplace should also be organised ‘so that people are side-by-side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face’.

Efforts should also be made to ‘reduce the number of people in close proximity in the work area’ and ‘consider if workers can stay in one place or at one workstation when working’.

Mr Hancock was asked last week, during an interview with the BBC Breakfast programme, how he felt about the PM describing him as ‘hopeless’.

He said: ‘Honestly? It feels like ancient history, right? The vaccine programme is a huge success.

‘At times of stress people say all sorts of things in private. What matters is how well you work together.

‘You are referring to comments apparently from the Prime Minister. I work with the Prime Minister every single day. 

‘We work very strongly together, firstly to protect life and secondly to get the country out of this. That is what matters.’

Told that it must be embarrassing for him to know Mr Johnson had said such things, Mr Hancock replied: ‘No, it isn’t really because of all the things we have delivered together.’

‘We are here talking about the success of the vaccine programme, right? That is something that I very much led from the department, working with the Prime Minister. 

‘He has been a massive supporter of it throughout. Of course we have had obstacles and we have had people that we have had to deal with on the way.

‘But what I can tell you is that the delivery of that programme has been absolutely fantastic.’

Mr Johnson said last week that he has ‘complete confidence’ in Mr Hancock and ‘all of the Government who have been dealing with Covid-19 during the pandemic’.

Meanwhile, last night, Mr Hancock, prior to the publication of the Sun exclusive, posted an Instagram story appealing for more women to ‘get involved in politics’.

In the post, Mr Hancock says he works ‘alongside some brilliant women’.

The post adds: ‘If you’re a woman who wants to get involved in politics swipe up.’

Swiping up takes a person to a link to the Conservative Party page, calling for ‘more Conservative women at every level of the Party and Government’.

Oxford-educated Hancock first became involved in politics working as a Tory campaigner in Guildford, before becoming an economic advisor to then shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

He was elected as an MP for West Suffolk in 2010 and has held several ministerial jobs, including his most recent and high profile role as Health Secretary, a position he was given in 2018 under then Prime Minister Theresa May.

Meet the Hancocks: Privately-educated health secretary who finds ‘work-life balance a challenge’ and his osteopath wife who descends from a Baron and a newspaper tycoon 

Mr Hancock has posted pictures of him and his wife on Instagram, including this one in 2017 as they attended the Brit Awards

Matt Hancock was born in Chester where he went to the exclusive private school the King’s School.

He did his A-levels in maths, physics, computing and economics before doing computing at West Cheshire College.

Like numerous Conservative MPs before him, he studied PPE at Exeter College, Oxford – where he graduated with a first.

It was at the elite university that he realised he had dyslexia, which he only opened up about in recent years.

He later did an MPhil in economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, before turning to politics in 1999 when he joined the Tories.

But before becoming an MP, Mr Hancock trained as a jockey. He won a race in his constituency town of Newmarket in 2012.

Mr Hancock married Martha (maiden name Miller) in 2006.

The osteopath is the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – a British diplomat and Ambassador to West Germany.

She is also the great granddaughter of the 1st Viscount Camrose, a Welsh newspaper publisher.

The couple have three children – a daughter and two sons – and they live in Little Thurlow, west Suffolk, in the constituency the MP represents.

They do not let their children have social media, but Mr Hancock has been seen playing rugby with the boys in London parks during the pandemic.

When their third child was born in 2013, Mr Hancock was not about to get two weeks of paternity leave immediately.

But he later took a two-month break, including the MPs’ extended summer recess. 

He said at the time: ‘I am taking paternity leave myself. It’s important to form a strong bond with your children.’

The Hancocks have kept their family life private, with Mrs Hancock rarely pictured by her husband’s side.

In an interview with the FT, Mr Hancock revealed he spends the week in London and weekend in Newmarket.

He told the newspaper his ‘work-life balance is a challenge’, adding: ‘I pay a lot of attention to timetabling.

‘Both my professional and social and family time gets booked up a long way in advance and then you have to be strict about it.’ 

Matt Hancock’s farmhouse in sleepy Suffolk was closed up today as the Health Secretary became mired in a sleaze scandal.

There was no answer this afternoon at the property in the village of Denston, where locals hit out at the hypocrisy of married Hancock being caught in a steamy clinch with aide Gina Coladangelo.

One woman said: ‘He was quick to criticise Professor Neil Ferguson when it emerged that he had been seeing a mistress during lockdown.

‘More than anything, though, I feel sorry for his wife.

‘This is going to lose him a lot of trust and it couldn’t have come at a worse time – so soon after details emerged of him being branded ‘hopeless’ by Boris Johnson.

‘I really think his job is now very much under threat.’

Another villager added: ‘He has acted hypocritically, there is no social distancing going on in that photo of him with his aide and he’s been quick to warn everyone else to keep apart.

‘Everyone can get themselves in a pickle at one time or other but I can’t believe someone as high-profile as Matt Hancock wasn’t aware that he could be found out.

‘He’s been very much in the limelight over the last year and a half and so how was he expecting this not to come out at some stage?

‘I’ve seen very little with him in the village. He’s mainly in London and his children don’t go to school in the area.

Matt Hancock’s glamorous mother-of-three ‘lover’ Gina Coladangelo, 43, is married to the millionaire behind Oliver Bonas and boasts a string of celebrity friends

The woman Matt Hancock has been allegedly having an affair with is married to the millionaire founder of fashion firm Oliver Bonas and has worked as its communications director for the past seven years. 

Gina Coladangelo, 43, knows the Health Secretary from Oxford University, where they both worked on the student radio station and studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and where he also met his wife Martha, 44. 

Ms Coladangelo remains Facebook friends with Mr Hancock’s osteopath wife – with whom the Conservative politician has two sons and a daughter – after they both graduated from the university at around the same time. 

And they all reside in London, with Ms Coladangelo living with her multi-millionaire fashion tycoon husband Oliver Tress and their three children in Wandsworth, while the Hancocks live in Queen’s Park with their children.    

Mr Hancock, 42, hired Ms Coladangelo as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care last September, and the CCTV images of them kissing in the departmental building were allegedly taken on May 6.

The mother of three is a major shareholder – as well as director – of the lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, where she worked from October 2002 to June 2014. She studied PPE at Oxford between 1995 and 1998, like Mr Hancock.  

Mr Hancock met Ms Coladangelo when they worked on Oxford student radio together in the 1990s. Mr Hancock was a minority sports reporter on Oxygen FM and they would have socialised together at Exeter College, Oxford.

She was described as Mr Hancock’s ‘closest friend’ from university when he appointed her as an unpaid adviser last year. Mr Hancock has spoken fondly of his days working alongside her on the now-defunct radio station.

As newly appointed Minister for Digital and Culture in 2016, he said: ‘I think I somehow knew, when as a student I worked as minority sports correspondent for Oxygen 107.9 FM, that one day I’d become Minister for radio.’ 

But Ms Coladangelo went on to marry Mr Tress, 53, who is founder of fashion chain Oliver Bonas, named after his ex-girlfriend Anna who is cousin of Prince Harry’s former partner Cressida Bonas.

It is not known exactly when Ms Coladangelo and Mr Tress wed, although they were listed on the electoral roll together with her maiden name as recently as 2008, and then her married name of Gina Tress by 2011.

Mr Tress founded Oliver Bonas in London in 1993 with handbags and jewellery he had brought from Hong Kong where his parents lived, and his wife began working there in June 2014 after 11 years at Luther Pendragon. 

They live together in a five-bedroom detached property believed to be worth around £4million in Wandsworth, South West London, on a quiet tree-lined street with residents-only parking bays that is popular with families.

Many of the cars parked in the street – which is a 20-minute drive away from Central London – are top-of-the range BMW 4x4s and Volvos. Neighbours of Ms Coladangelo remained tight lipped today and refused to comment.

But one visiting workman who left a neighbouring home was unimpressed by Mr Hancock. He said: ‘The guy had been caught bang to rights on film. He will have to do some smart talking to get out of that one with the wife.’

Ms Coladangelo has been spotted leaving Downing Street with the Health Secretary on a number of occasions.  A source told the Sunday Times last year: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina. She knows everything.’

But her new role was not made public despite her getting access to £15,000 from the taxpayer.

Gina Coladangelo works as communications director for Oliver Bonas which was founded by her husband Oliver Tress (pictured together in London’s Belgravia in 2014) – while also being Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s closest aide

Gina Coladangelo and illustrator Aysha Awwad at the V&A Summer Party at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2019

(From left) Jules Somerset Webb, Oliver Tress, Tabitha Webb and Gina Coladangelo at Ms Webb’s store in Belgravia in 2014

Ms Coladangelo is pictured (left) with Scottish radio and television presenter Jenni Falconer (right) in September 2019

She was an unpaid adviser for Mr Hancock but claims of ‘chumocracy’ emerged in November when it was revealed she was attending confidential meetings.

Ms Coladangelo was made a non-executive director at the Department for Health in September. She shows off the role on her LinkedIn page and has to ‘oversee and monitor performance’.

She says: ‘I have over twenty years’ experience in business management and marketing and communications, with a focus on retail, healthcare, the third sector and energy.

‘Marketing expertise across media relations, consumer campaigns, social media, digital strategy, strategic collaborations, internal communications, issues management and public affairs.’

But her new role was not made public despite her getting access to £15,000 from the taxpayer. 

While working as Head of Marketing at Oliver Bonas, Ms Coladangelo contributed to a post on International Women’s Day.

She wrote: ‘You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Decide what you want and don’t want – and stick to it. It is up to you to live a life you love.’

Ms Coladangelo has access to the Houses of Parliament due to gaining a pass in April and is also said to be bound by the Official Secrets Act.

The pass reportedly has her husband’s surname on it, but she does not use it for her work. House of Lords peer Lord Bethell sponsored her for the pass.

Away from work, Ms Coladangelo has three children. In 2012 she told the Daily Mail how she had returned to work while being a mother.

She paid for a live-in nanny at their home in south-west London and worked flexible hours.

Ms Coladangelo said: ‘I don’t worry about my children being closer to their nanny, because I spend as much time as I can with them.

‘I would never dream of telling other mothers what to do with their lives. Every woman has to make her own choice.

‘But I feel very fortunate in my education and believe those years shouldn’t be wasted. I want to work to give something back.’  

Gina Coladangelo and her husband Oliver Tress live in this property in Wandsworth, South West London

Ms Coladangelo shows off her Oliver Bonas role on her LinkedIn page and has to ‘oversee and monitor performance’

Matt Hancock arrives at the BBC studios in London with his senior aide Gina Coladangelo in July last year

Her husband Oliver gave an interview to the Financial Times in November 2015 and spoke about their house. He said: ‘Our indulgence was moving to a bigger home in Wandsworth in September (2015). 

Ms Coladangelo is pictured in her LinkedIn profile photo

‘We barely had a garden in Clapham, but the new house has a bigger garden and more space downstairs.

‘We might be able to build an extension. The mortgage will still be pretty considerable, as retail businesses are not necessarily throwing up a lot of cash. I am not a tycoon.’ 

Mr Bonas opened his first store on London’s Fulham Road in 1993 with handbags and jewellery he had brought from Hong Kong where his parents lived. 

Speaking to the Independent in September 2015, he said: ‘I’d been bringing presents back for friends and they were really popular so I thought, ‘I wonder if I can make a go of this?’ And to my amazement it just worked.’ 

Bonas was the surname of his then girlfriend Anna Bonas, who is the cousin of Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas, and he told how ‘she very kindly hasn’t demanded that I changed it’.

Oliver Bonas is an independent chain of lifestyle stores that started out with one shop on Fulham Road in 1993. Initially, Mr Tress mainly stocked products that he had found in trade shows.

Gina Coladangelo works for the company her husband Oliver Tress (pictured together several years ago) founded

Matt Hancock with Ms Coladangelo leaving the BBC studios after appearing on The Andrew Marr Show earlier this month

The retailer now has 80 stores across the UK, offering products from contemporary jewellery, gifts, homeware and furniture.

Away from work, Ms Coladangelo has three children. In 2012 she told how she had returned to work while being a mother

Top sellers include items like candles, washbags and delicate jewellery. Celebrities such as Holly Willoughby and Christine Lampard have also been spotted in colourful outfits by the brand.

It’s renowned for its vibrant pieces, which often come in bold prints. Based in Chessington, Surrey, the company employs more than 500 people and turnover was £70 in 2017.

Last year the retailer secured £3.5million in funding from HSBC to help support the company post-lockdown. 

The funding is part of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and aims to ease the financial strain on the store after the pandemic. 

Mr Tress attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire – where other alumni include Kate Middleton – while Mr Hancock went to the King’s School Chester. 

Ms Coladangelo’s father Rino Coladangelo, 70, is a millionaire businessman and chief executive of an international pharmaceutical company.

Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson meets Oliver Tress while visiting an Oliver Bonas store in November 2015

Her mother Heather, 69, a former florist, has held the position of secretary in her husband’s business which has interests in China, India and the US.

Ms Coladangelo’s father Rino Coladangelo, 70, is chief executive of an international pharmaceutical company

The couple lives in a 16th century listed former farmhouse in the village of Steeple Morden, on the Hertfordshire-Cambridgeshire border.

Mr Coladangelo is listed in Companies House as Italian but he was educated at University College London and has lived and worked in the UK most of his life.

He is currently chief executive of Rephine Ltd, a Stevenage-based pharmaceutical company which specialises in compliance and regulatory affairs.

According to Linkedin he was a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London and a managing director of an NHS hospital. He speaks English, Italian and French.

Her mother was a director of the Willow Foundation which her daughter was also a director until she resigned in 2018.

The charity, whose life president is former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson, aims to give ‘uplifting and special days’ to seriously-ill young adults.  

Calls for MI5 probe into leak of Matt Hancock footage: Henry Jackson Society leads demands for urgent inquiry amid fears for security in Whitehall

MI5 has been urged to probe where the footage of Matt Hancock in an apparent embrace with his adviser came from amid fears of a Whitehall security breach.  

The Health Secretary has been accused of having an affair after The Sun published pictures of the married Cabinet minister appearing to kiss Gina Coladangelo, who the newspaper said was hired by Mr Hancock last year.

The images, which appear to be captured from CCTV footage, were taken on May 6 from the headquarters of the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The publication of the images has led to calls for a leak inquiry, with the Henry Jackson Society think tank saying this morning that ‘MI5 must investigate’ because it ‘suggests a security-breach’ may have taken place. 

MI5 has been urged to probe where the footage of Matt Hancock in an apparent embrace with his adviser came from amid fears of a Whitehall security breach

Alan Mendoza, the executive director of the think tank, called for a probe to ascertain the origin of the images as he suggested they could have come from a ‘bug’. 

He said: ‘For reasons of national security, it should be impossible for a bug to be placed anywhere near such a facility.

‘The Government must urgently explain how such a glaring security-breach occurred & MI5 must immediately probe the circumstances. 

‘All other Ministerial offices will now need sweeping to see what other listening & recording devices are snooping on Ministers. 

‘Steps should also be taken to determine if this incident was conducted by a disgruntled civil servant or – given its sophistication & seriousness – agents of a hostile state.’

The Sun reported that Mr Hancock hired Ms Coladangelo as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in March last year, before appointing her as a non-executive director at the department.

Mr Hancock, who is said to have met Ms Coladangelo at university, has been married to his wife Martha for 15 years and they have three children together.

Ms Coladangelo is the marketing and communications director at Oliver Bonas, a British retailer founded by her husband Oliver Tress.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday morning that he would not be commenting on the ‘entirely personal’ matter following the reports about his Cabinet colleague.

 

Matt Hancock’s humiliated wife of 15 years breaks cover wearing her wedding ring: Notting Hill osteopath, 44, is mother to their three children after meeting the future Health Secretary at Oxford

Matt Hancock’s osteopath wife Martha was photographed leaving home this morning while wearing her wedding ring as her husband was at the centre of a cheating scandal.

Mrs Hancock, 44, got into a car outside their house in North London as claims emerged of an alleged affair between the Health Secretary and his closest aide.

Pictures appeared to show Mr Hancock and lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March, kissing outside his office.  

Mr Hancock met his future wife Martha Hoyer Millar while they were both students at Oxford University in the early 2000s, and they now have three children together.

Now Martha Hancock, they married in 2006 and live with their daughter and two sons in London and West Suffolk, the constituency he represents. 

Matt Hancock’s wife Martha Hancock is photographed leaving home in London this morning

Mrs Hancock, an osteopath, got into a car outside their property in North London this morning

They are rarely seen in public together, but were photographed at Wembley Stadium in a corporate area for the England v Scotland match at Euro 2020 last Friday. 

Mrs Hancock works as an osteopath and is believed to practice at a clinic in Notting Hill, West London. 

Mrs Hancock married Mr Hancock in 2006

She is the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – a British diplomat and Ambassador to West Germany. 

Mrs Hancock is also the great granddaughter of the 1st Viscount Camrose, a Welsh newspaper publisher.

Her father, Alastair Millar, was Secretary of The Pilgrim Trust between 1980 and 1996. 

The trust is responsible for supplying grants, predominately to preservation projects for historically significant buildings or artifacts.

Nowadays, around £2million is divvied out by the trust each year. 

The Hancocks do not let their children have social media, but Mr Hancock has been seen playing rugby with the boys in London parks during the pandemic. 

When their third child was born in 2013, Mr Hancock did not get two weeks of paternity leave immediately.

But he later took a two-month break, including the MPs’ extended summer recess. 

He said at the time: ‘I am taking paternity leave myself. It’s important to form a strong bond with your children.’

Mr and Mrs Hancock are rarely seen in public together, but were photographed at Wembley Stadium in a corporate area for the England v Scotland match at Euro 2020 last Friday

The Hancocks have kept their family life private, with Mrs Hancock pictured by her husband’s side on only a few occasions such as music awards events.

These included the NME Awards at Brixton Academy in South London in 2018 and the Brit Awards at The O2 one year earlier. 

In an interview with the Financial Times in 2014, Mr Hancock revealed he spends the week in London and weekend in Newmarket.

He told the newspaper his ‘work-life balance is a challenge’, adding: ‘I pay a lot of attention to timetabling.

Mr Hancock and his wife Martha attend the NME Awards at Brixton Academy, London, in 2018

‘Both my professional and social and family time gets booked up a long way in advance and then you have to be strict about it.’ 

Mr Hancock was born in Chester where he went to the exclusive private school the King’s School.

He did his A-levels in maths, physics, computing and economics before doing computing at West Cheshire College.

Like numerous Conservative MPs before him, he studied PPE at Exeter College, Oxford – where he graduated with a first.

Mr and Mrs Hancock attend a summer drinks reception at Milbank Tower in June 2019

It was at the elite university that he realised he had dyslexia, which he only opened up about in recent years.

He later did an MPhil in economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, before turning to politics in 1999 when he joined the Tories.

But before becoming an MP, Mr Hancock trained as a jockey. He won a race in his constituency town of Newmarket in 2012.

It comes as Mr Hancock is today at the centre of a cheating scandal after claims emerged of an alleged affair with his closest aide after pictures appeared to show them kissing passionately outside his office.

Mr and Mrs Hancock are seen in 2010 when he was Conservative candidate for West Suffolk

The Health Secretary, 42, was caught on camera in a passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6. 

Communications director and lobbyist Mrs Coladangelo is a mother-of-three, whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for the Health Secretary. 

Mr Hancock and his wife at the Brit Awards in London in 2017, in a picture posed on Instagram

A friend of Mr Hancock’s reportedly told The Sun they had ‘no comment’ on the matter, but that ‘no rules’ had been breached.

But a Whitehall whistleblower told the newspaper it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire’.

The alleged affair piles even more pressure on Mr Hancock, who was already reportedly battling for his job over his handling of the pandemic Dominic Cummings released WhatsApp messages from the PM that showed Mr Johnson branded him ‘f***ing useless’.   

Remember this, Matt? How Health Secretary condemned ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson and said it ‘would not be possible’ for him to keep his job after breaking Covid rules to see lover… a year before HIS affair was exposed

Matt Hancock has been accused of double standards over an interview in which he condemned ‘Professor Lockdown’ for breaking Covid rules to meet his mistress – as the Health Secretary faces questions over his own alleged affair a year on.  

The video, which has popped up across social media today in light of Mr Hancock’s alleged infidelity with millionaire communications director Gina Coladangelo, 43, was broadcast on Sky News on May 6, 2020.

In the clip, the Health Secretary condemns the actions of ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson, who broke Covid restrictions to meet his married mistress Antonia Staats, 38 last summer.  

He admits Ferguson’s actions are ‘extraordinary’ as he struggles to comprehend the hypocritical message the ex-SAGE scientist sent to the public before his resignation in May 2020.

Today it emerged that Hancock had been allegedly caught on CCTV kissing his aide Mrs Coldagangelo on May 6 – less than a fortnight before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission to hug. 

And he goes further to say it ‘would not be possible’ for Mr Ferguson, 53, to have kept his job in the wake of flouting the strict coronavirus social distancing rules he helped draw up to have secret trysts with his married lover. 

Ferguson was brandished an ‘arrogant hypocrite’ in the wake of his actions, but in a controversial twist, stunning CCTV pictures today showed Mr Hancock and his closest aide in a passionate embrace outside his Whitehall office last month. 

While the Health Secretary praised Ferguson’s decision to resign, he himself has been caught on camera kissing millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year.

Mr Hancock is said to have checked the corridor was clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before launching into their passionate embrace at around 3pm on May 6 this year – less than a fortnight before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission to hug.

In the interview, Matt Hancock, 42, condemns the actions of ‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson, who broke Covid rules to meet his married mistress Antonia Staats, 38 last summer

The video has re-emerged today in light of Mr Hancock’s alleged affair with millionaire communications director Gina Coladangelo, 43 (left)

Professor Ferguson (above) asked his mistress Antonia Staats, 38, to travel across London to his home at least twice despite lecturing Brits on the need to stay apart

Antonia Staats, 38, is believed to have visited the scientist shortly after he finished self-isolating for two weeks last summer

In a live interview with Sky presenter Kay Burley last summer, the Health Secretary referenced the ‘extraordinary’ circumstances surrounding Professor Ferguson’s resignation.

He said: ‘It’s extraordinary. I don’t understand… Prof Ferguson is a very, very eminent and impressive scientist.

‘The science he has done has been an important part of what we have listened to.

‘I think he did the right decision, to resign that is.’ 

Kay Burley asks: ‘You wouldn’t have thought to keep him?’

Mr Hancock replied: ‘That’s just not possible in these circumstances.’ 

Professor Ferguson, 53, asked his mistress Antonia Staats, 38, to travel across London to his home at least twice last summer – despite lecturing 66million in Britain on the need to stay apart to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Lockdown restrictions were at their peak at the time Mr Ferguson broke the rules, with no social contact allowed between separate households. 

In a resignation statement, the academic, who is married with a son but is believed to be separated from his wife, admitted he had ‘made an error of judgement’ but claimed he thought he was ‘immune’ to the illness.

Several outspoken critics slammed ‘Professor Lockdown’ as an ‘arrogant hypocrite’ and accused him of ‘undermining’ the Government’s message on lockdown.

The Health Secretary, 42, has been seen having a passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo (pictured here with Matt Hancock outside Downing Street in May), according to The Sun 


Martha Hancock looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s north London home this morning after claims that her husband has been  having a secret affair. She didn’t comment

Today, Mr Hancock is facing a barrage of questions as his job hangs in the balance in the wake of his alleged affair. 

The Health Secretary, 42, has been caught on camera in a passionate clinch with his hand rubbing the back and bottom of millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year. 

Mr Hancock has been married for 15 years to wife Martha, 44, and the couple have three children together. 

Mrs Hancock reportedly looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s home in north London this morning, but didn’t speak to reporters about her husband’s alleged infidelity. 

‘We went MONTHS without hugging our families!’: Furious Britons rage at Matt Hancock as CCTV exposes him kissing his ‘lover’ aide… while telling to UK to stick to social distancing rules

Furious Britons took to social media this morning to rage at Matt Hancock after CCTV exposed him kissing an aide – while telling the UK to stick to social distancing rules.

The Health Secretary, 42, was caught on camera in a passionate clinch with his hand rubbing the back and bottom of millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6 this year – the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab. 

The kiss was also 13 days before the Government relaxed safety regulations including giving permission to hug.

In response, hundreds of people took to Twitter to give their views on the scandal, with many accusing the minister of hypocrisy, while others revealed the heartbreaking sacrifices they’ve made in order to stick to the rules. 

One wrote: ‘There are people that genuinely went months and months without hugging their families after following the advice of Matt Hancock… quite sad really!’

Another added: ‘To be crystal clear, this picture was taken with 2m social distancing rules still in place at workplaces. The issue here is not Matt Hancock’s infidelity – it’s his world-beating hypocrisy. Write the rules. Tell the little people to obey. Then break them with impunity.’

A third tweeted: ‘On 8th May, I didn’t hug my aunt when I found out my dad had terminal cancer. Meanwhile on 6th May, Matt Hancock (the man who told me it was unsafe to hug) was all over his mistress in a Government building. So many times the COVID story has jumped the shark, but now enough.’  

Piers Morgan also highlighted the fact it was ‘at the time he was ordering the British people not to hug anyone from other households’.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage wrote: ‘I had wanted to go to my daughter’s school prize-giving next week but can only do so online. Yet thousands of Football Officials can come to the UK without quarantine and Matt Hancock can completely ignore social distancing rules.’

As Downing Street begins to deal with the fallout, the Health Secretary ran for cover and cancelled a public appearance today as he fought for his job.

In a statement, Mr Hancock said: ‘I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

‘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.’

At the time the image was captured, Mr Hancock is said to have checked the corridor is clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before launching into their passionate embrace. 

The Sun claims they have been having an affair that has been the talk of the department – but it is not known if they remain in a relationship that was a secret until today.

Mr Hancock has been married for 15 years to wife Martha, 44, and the couple have three children together. 

Mrs Hancock looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s home in north London this morning but didn’t speak to reporters about her husband’s alleged infidelity. 

Her husband was nowhere to be seen, however, she was still wearing her wedding ring. 

They were last seen together in public at the England vs Scotland Euro 2020 match at Wembley a week ago.

Communications director and lobbyist Mrs Coladangelo is a mother-of-three, whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas. 

The shutters were closed at their £4.5million South London home this morning. She has been working as an advisor for Mr Hancock with one source saying: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina’. 


Martha Hancock looked sad and upset as she left the couple’s north London home this morning after claims that her husband has been  having a secret affair. She didn’t comment

Mr Hancock has been married for 15 years to wife Martha, with whom he has three children


Mrs Coladangelo (pictured here with husband Oliver Tress – the founder of the Oliver Bonas clothing chain), who is a director and shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon

Matt Hancock smiles and laughs at his alleged lover as they leave the BBC after appearing on the Marr show in June

Mrs Coladangelo is friends with Matt Hancock’s wife on Facebook and they have spent time together socially.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for the Health Secretary. A friend of Mr Hancock’s reportedly told The Sun they had ‘no comment’ on the matter, but that ‘no rules’ had been breached. 

Other sources claimed that Mr Hancock hopes to survive – but No 10 is yet to comment.

But a Whitehall whistleblower who leaked the footage and reportedly no longer works for the department, told the newspaper it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire’.

The alleged affair piles even more pressure on Mr Hancock, who was already reportedly battling for his job over his handling of the pandemic Dominic Cummings released WhatsApp messages from the PM that showed Mr Johnson branded him ‘f***ing useless’.

Aside from the serious allegations of an affair, there will also be questions to answer about kissing someone outside his bubble during the pandemic and whether this breaches any of the Covid rules he has helped create. 

Mr Hancock, who is yet to comment, has cancelled an event in his West Suffolk constituency this morning where he would have faced questions over the affair and whether he can keep his job. 

He also deleted an Instagram post from last night where he said he ‘works with some brilliant women’.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said today it was an ‘entirely personal’ matter for his cabinet colleague. 

He told LBC radio: ‘I have seen the photo but, as ever with private matters, I always try to avoid commenting on other people’s personal lives and I think I’ll stick with that tradition here.’

Asked whether the Health Secretary should have been ‘ignoring social distancing’, Mr Shapps replied: ‘I’m quite sure that whatever the rules were at the time were followed. 

‘You’ll recall that there was a point at which social distancing rules were changed but, as I say, I don’t want to comment on somebody else’s private life – that is for them.’ 

Matt Hancock for Love Island! Health Secretary is mocked on social media in string of memes after he was caught in clinch with his closest aide

Matt Hancock has been mocked on Twitter today after a leaked CCTV image showed him in a passionate clinch with his closest aide.

Hilarious memes shared online today include Mr Hancock’s face pasted over Little Britain’s seedy politician character Sir Norman Fry and as a contestant in the dating show Love Island.

Another shows the Health Secretary, 43, jumping over railings during a run with the caption: ‘Hancock when his wife saw the CCTV.’  

Mr Hancock was caught on camera with his hand rubbing the back and bottom of millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6 this year – the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab.

Another meme showed an edited picture of former Number 10 aide Dominic Cummings at the helm of a CCTV systems base, with the caption: ‘CCTV of Matt Hancock having an affair? No prizes for guessing who leaked that then.’

The identity of the Whitehall whistleblower who leaked the footage remains unknown. 

Hilarious memes shared online today include Mr Hancock a contestant in the dating show Love Island (pictured)

 

 

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