Matt Hancock makes THIRD apology for rule-breaking affair that wrecked his marriage as he gets Covid booster: Ex-Health Secretary, 43, says sorry to ‘all the people I let down’ (but fails to mention estranged wife AGAIN)
- Matt Hancock was caught on CCTV cheating on his wife with his aide
- MP filmed kissing Gina Coladangelo – breaking his own social distancing rules
- The ex-health secretary has admitted that he had ‘blown up every part of my life’
- Mr Hancock said he had ‘let people down’ and apologised to those he had hurt
- Despite third public apology, Hancock is yet to mention his wife Martha
Matt Hancock has apologised again for having an affair with an aide and admitted breaking the lockdown rules he created was ‘a failure of leadership’ – but again failed to say a public sorry to his wronged wife Martha.
The disgraced ex-health secretary was caught on CCTV passionately kissing his married aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo against the door of his Whitehall office in June.
In yet another media appearance after months in the political wilderness, Mr Hancock said he was ‘sorry for all the people I let down’ – but didn’t name the wronged mother of his three children – while getting his booster jab at a mass vaccination event at Newmarket Racecourse.
He added: ‘People have been forgiving, which I’m grateful for.’
When asked whether his reputation can be repaired after breaking lockdown rules while Health Secretary, he said: ‘I hope that by being straightforward and apologising and resigning, people can see that I get it and I know I need to do a good job representing the people’.
He added: ‘What I really feel is that was a failure of leadership’.
Hancock lost his job when it emerged they were seeing each other despite her being his aide and them breaking social distancing rules that he had himself created.
Matt Hancock has apologised again for having an affair with an aide as he got his booster jab in Newmarket today
Mr Hancock was forced to resign for breaching social distancing guidelines after he was shown in CCTV footage kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo inside his ministerial office
The Tory MP was exposed in June cheating on his wife Martha after he was caught kissing Ms Coladangelo, who he had appointed as an adviser, in his private office, breaching the social distancing guidelines that he had established. Pictured: Hancock and Ms Coladangelo in 2019
Speaking to ITV political editor Robert Peston on his show last week, Mr Hancock said: ‘Well, as you can imagine, the first thing that I focused on was my personal life, and then I focused on my professional responsibilities, and I decided that I had to resign.
Martha Hancock, wife of Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, arrives at her home in London after they split up
‘I had blown up every part of my life and I concentrated on my personal life first as you can probably imagine. It was the right thing to do.’
The Tory MP was exposed in June cheating on his wife Martha after he was caught kissing Ms Coladangelo, who he had appointed as an adviser, in his private office, breaching the social distancing guidelines that he had established.
Mr Hancock tried to ride out the political storm over his flagrant breaches of Covid-19 regulations and his marital infidelity but was eventually forced to resign.
When asked on the ITV’s Peston whether he was surprised Boris Johnson did not sack him, Mr Hancock said: ‘I’m not going to go into the conversations that I had with the Prime Minister.
‘I made the decision [to resign], it was clearly right decision. And I just say, sorry again for the failure of… I let a lot of people down and I’m sorry to the people who I hurt.’
The bombshell expose of Mr Hancock’s affair with his aide, who was married to Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress, forced him to resign as health secretary.
Matt Hancock has admitted he had ‘blown up every part of my life’ after he was caught on CCTV cheating on his wife with his most senior aide
The Tory MP was exposed in June cheating on his wife Martha (pictured together in 2018) after he was caught kissing Ms Coladangelo
Mr Hancock also insisted that he is ‘not in any hurry’ to return to the Government.
He said: ‘I actually think that being on the backbenches – I’m enjoying it. It’s a very important job.
‘I think contributions from people who have been there in the heat of battle… Theresa May, the contributions she makes as a former Prime Minister. If I can make that sort of contribution…[then I will be pleased].’
Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo are reportedly still seeing each other but are rarely spotted together.
The Hancocks, who married in 2006, had lived with their daughter, 14, and two sons, 13 and eight, in London and West Suffolk, until earlier this year when Mr Hancock’s affair was exposed.
After the footage emerged, Mr Hancock confirmed his resignation and said he wanted to ‘reiterate his apology for breaking the guidance’.
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. I also need (to) be with my children at this time.’
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