The British Health Minister Hancock apologized after photographs of which he is deeply entangled with his political assistant, Gina Coladangelo.
The Sun spread the footage this morning. The tabloid said they were made in the ministers office early last month.
In a statement, Hancock says he did not comply with the distance rules in this case and apologizes “because I have disappointed people”. He further asks for privacy for his family and says he wants to keep working to get the country out of the pandemic.
Coladangelo has not yet responded to the unveiling of the affair. The two would have known each other since the beginning of this century when they were both studying in Oxford.
According to the booklet?
Opposition Labour wants to know from the Johnson administration if the appointment of Coladangelo has expired according to the booklet. Hancock does not go into that further in his statement. A spokesperson for his department says that all procedures were followed at her appointment.
Coladangelo has been in the service of Health as a so-called non-executive director since September. According to the BBC, the advisory function is about fifteen to twenty working days a year, for which it is paid 15,000 pounds (17,500 euros).
Hancocks position has weakened lately. This is mainly due to Prime Minister Johnsons former top advisor Dominic Cummings. He published Johnson apps last week calling Hancock damn hopeless. Johnson later said Hancock still has full confidence.