British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned after breaching Covid-19 rules by kissing an aide in his office.
In his resignation letter, which was sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening, Hancock stated, “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.”
He reiterated his apology while extending it to his family and loved ones, adding that he needs to be with his children at this time.
The Prime Minister responded to the resignation letter with “You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us.”
His resignation follows mounting pressure calling for him to resign with equal pressure being placed on Boris Johnson to call in the government’s ethics adviser after Mr. Hancock kissed a close aide.
Lawyers stated how Hancock may have broken the law regarding Covid-19 restrictions, although he only admitted to breaching guidance.
CCTV footage that was published last night reveals Hancock in an embrace with his aide Gina Coladangelo which prompted Labour to deem his position “hopelessly untenable”.
Questions have also been raised about Ms Coladangelo’s appointment to her role at the Department of Health and Social Care in the first place.
Hours after the photographs of the pair kissing were released, a snap poll from Savanta ComRes revealed that 58% of UK adults thought that Mr. Hancock should resign with 25% stating that he shouldn’t.