Boris Johnson’s Tory government tile. Health Minister Matt Hancock announced his resignation after the tabloid Sun posted photos of him hugging his lover, Gina Coladangelo. Hancock was under fire not for “the personal story”, but for having hired the woman months ago as a consultant and violated Covid rules: the embrace immortalized by the Sun dates back to May 6, when the anti-contagion rules still imposed in the Kingdom distancing from people who do not live together or are strangers to the family circle. Months before the scandal, the Labor opposition had asked for clarity on the recruitment of Coladangelo herself as a private consultant for the National Health Service, the British National Health Service.
Heavy blow to the Johnson government
The blow is heavy for the executive led by Boris Johnson. Hancock was a key figure in the pandemic counter-strategy and vaccination campaign, seen in its early stages as a successful case. Now he is leaving office as the UK faces the so-called Delta variant, a mutation of the virus that is driving up cases and deaths across the country again. Hancock formalized his farewell with a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where he explains that the act is “due to the people who sacrificed so much during the pandemic to be honest.” Johnson replied that Hancock must be “proud” of the work he has done.