Matt Hancock has resigned as health minister because he is breaking Covid’s rules with his assistant.
In his letter to Boris Johnson, he said the government “owes people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have betrayed them”.
Hancock was forced to quit as members of market squares accelerated his behavior, which was revealed sensationally when the Sun newspaper printed a picture of him as a kisser adviser to Gina Coladangelo.
The paper released both pictures and video of the couple last month at a clinic in the health ministry’s office – before termination rules were eased like social contact, such as a hug.
On Friday, the minister had opposed requests for cessation, simply saying he “regretted” the violation he had expected millions of others to follow.
The prime minister had given him his full support, but opinion polls showed the audience wanted him to quit.
In his letter, Hancock wrote: “The last thing I would like is for my private life to divert attention away from the consensus that is leading us out of this crisis.
“I want to reiterate my apology for the introduction of the violation and apologize to my family and loved ones for making them through this. I also need to be (be) with my kids right now. “
In response, the Prime Minister wrote: “You should leave the post very proud of your achievements – not just in the fight against the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 hit us.”
Johnson had refused to kick Hancock, and his spokesman said the prime minister closed the case after receiving an apology from a West Suffolk MP on Friday.
But a number of tory bunkers called for action as their voters “penetrated” the hypocrisy of the man in charge of Covid’s restrictions, insulting them themselves.
Labor leader Keir Starmer tweeted that resignation was the right thing to do, but Johnson should have kicked him.
Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have kicked him.
– Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) June 26, 2021
In a video posted on Twitter, Hancock said, “I understand the huge sacrifices that everyone in this country has made. And those of us who are making these rules have to follow them, and that is why I have to dismiss.
“I want to thank people for their incredible sacrifices and what they have done. Everyone in the NHS works in social care, everyone involved in the vaccine program and, frankly, everyone in this country who has responded to the challenges we have seen over the last 18 months.”
Labor Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “It’s right that Matt Hancock has divorced. But why did Boris Johnson not have the courage to kick him and why did he say the matter was closed?
“Boris Johnson has shown that he does not have any of the leadership qualities required of a prime minister.
“Replacing Hancock can’t work normally. Hancock clock waiting times rose, nursing homes were left exposed to Covid and NHS staff were badly betrayed. The NHS deserves much better. “
Here is Hancock’s letter:
And here is Johnson’s answer: