Matt Hancock has quit his position as Britain’s Health Secretary on Saturday after he was caught kissing and hugging his closest aide in his office thereby breaking the COVID-19 rules.
The 42-year-old wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign. In the letter, Hancock said the government “owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them done as I have done by breaching the guidance”.
In response to the letter, Johnson replied that he was sorry to receive it.
“You should leave the office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before COVID-19 struck us.
“You should be immensely proud of your service,” he wrote. “I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.”
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The health secretary’s resignation comes after The Sun newspaper published embarrassing photos of Hancock kissing a married woman of three who was appointed to a taxpayer-funded role to scrutinize the performance of his department.
Responding to his resignation Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”
Hancock has been at the center of the government’s fight against the pandemic, routinely appearing on the television and radio to tell people to follow the strict rules to contain the virus.
According to the Sun, CCTV footage was captured on 6 May but was leaked on the 24th of June.
Under the government’s unlocking timetable, intimate contact with people outside your household was only permitted from 17 May, at step 3 of the process. This means Hancock violated the COVID-19 RULES.