Hancock affair: What next as health secretary breaks Covid guidance? – BBC Newsnight

The prime minister continues to stand by Matt Hancock, but where will the affair fallout leave the health secretary and how will the public respond? Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted breaking social distancing guidance after pictures of him kissing an aide were published in a newspaper.

He said he had “let people down” after photos emerged of him with Gina Coladangelo – whom he appointed – and was “very sorry”.

Labour urged the PM to sack Mr Hancock, calling his position “untenable”.

But Downing Street said Boris Johnson accepted Mr Hancock’s apology and “considers the matter closed”.

Asked whether the prime minister had “full confidence” in Mr Hancock, the PM’s spokesman replied: “Yes.”

The Sun reported that its pictures of Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo, both of whom are married with children, had been taken inside the Department of Health on 6 May.

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