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Matt Hancock resigns as health secretary after admitting breaking COVID rules

Matt Hancock has resigned as health secretary after admitting breaking coronavirus rules, Downing Street says.

In his letter of resignation, Mr Hancocksaid: “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.”

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Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, pictured in May
Image:Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, pictured in May

It comes after leaked CCTV showed the MP kissing aide and former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in his departmental office.

The images, published by The Sun, were from 6 May – more than a week before the easing of social distancing rules around close contact indoors for people from separate households.

Ms Coladangelo will also leave her position at the Department of Health and Social Care, it was confirmed on Saturday.

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