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In this file photo taken on May 27, 2021 Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives an update on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic during a virtual press conference in Downing Street in central London. Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP
In this file photo taken on May 27, 2021 Britain’s Health Secretary gives an update on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic during a virtual press conference in Downing Street in central London. Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP

 

Following accusations that he had an affair with a close staffer, resigned on Saturday.

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In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the man in charge of Britain’s pandemic response, including the nationwide vaccine rollout, resigned.

He stated, “We owe it to people who have suffered so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down, as I have done by violating the guidance.”

Johnson expressed his regret at receiving Hancock’s resignation, but added that he should be “very proud” of his work.

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After admitting to violate Covid guidelines on social distancing, the prime minister first stood by his ailing health secretary, at a time when he was asking the public to support the restrictions, which included a cap on funeral numbers.

The administration has been accused of hypocrisy by opposition parties by violations of lockdown laws, which have resulted in fines being imposed on many members of the public.

After The Sun tabloid published a security camera still allegedly obtained from a whistleblower showing Hancock kissing an aide in his office on May 6, Hancock admitted he had let the people down.

The main opposition Labour Party demanded answers from the regarding the aide’s undisclosed appointment to Hancock’s senior advisory team, which included former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo.

She and Hancock met in university and are now married.

Following the release of private WhatsApp exchanges in which Johnson appeared to describe Hancock as “hopeless,” Hancock rebuffed criticism of his handling of the Covid epidemic.

Hancock has also been accused of lying to Johnson and awarding a contract to a friend who was unfit.

Further doubts have been raised concerning his ownership of shares in a family business that got a Covid-related contract from his ministry last year.

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