Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned after admitting to breaking coronavirus rules, according to Downing Street.
In his letter of resignation, Mr 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.”
His resignation follows a leaked CCTV that showed the Health Minister kissing an aide Gina Coladangelo, 43, in his departmental office.
The leaked image was first published by The Sun.
The image was captured in May, a week before easing social distancing rules, which prohibited close contacts indoors for people from different households.
Ms Coladangelo is expected to leave her position at the Department of Health and Social Care.
The earlier report says that the aide was seen packing up her and leaving her family home hours after her affair was exposed.
Matt Hancock resignation letter reads ” “We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.
“We didn’t get every decision right, but I know people understand how hard it is to deal with the unknown, making the difficult trade-offs between freedom, prosperity and health that we have faced.
“I am so proud that Britain avoided the catastrophe of an overwhelmed NHS and that through foresight and brilliant science, we have led the world in the vaccination effort, so we stand on the brink of a return to normality.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had earlier said he accepted Hancock’s resignation, adding that “the case is closed”, reacted to the Minister’s resignation, saying “You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before COVID-19 struck us.”
He added: “Above all, it has been your task to deal with a challenge greater than that faced by any of your predecessors, and in fighting COVID you have risen to that challenge – with the abundant energy, intelligence and determination that are your hallmark.
“You should be immensely proud of your service. I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.