The head of the Ministry of Health of the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, announced that he was resigning after a scandal with his mistress. He posted a video message to the British on Twitter, in which he apologized for violating the rules of social distancing by meeting with her.
“Today I met with the Prime Minister [Boris Johnson] to submit my resignation from the post of Minister of Health and Social Affairs,” Hancock said. — I understand that all residents of the country had to make huge sacrifices [to defeat the pandemic]. Those of us who set these rules must follow them, and therefore I am obliged to leave the post.”
Matt Hancock has a wife, Martha, the couple has been married for 15 years and has three children.
On June 16, Hancock was at the center of a scandal when a former adviser to the British prime minister, Dominic Cummings, published correspondence with Johnson from March 2020, during which the latter swore at Hancock. Politicians discussed the situation with the coronavirus and testing for it, and the prime minister wrote that the head of the Ministry of Health is “completely hopeless”.
Johnson later stated his confidence in Hancock.
Cummings believes that Hancock’s supervision of the healthcare system is a “guaranteed disaster”.
Hancock became the head of the British Ministry of Health in 2018. Prior to that, he was the Treasurer General and a Cabinet minister in the second government of David Cameron.