Matt Hancock's letter of resignation in full as he says it has been 'honour of my life' to serve as Health Secretary

MATT Hancock's letter of resignation says that it has been the "honour of my life" to serve as Health Secretary.

The beleaguered politician has quit his high-powered role in the wake of the sleaze scandal over an alleged affair with his aide.

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Mr Hancock has tonight resigned after embarrassing footage of his clinch with a senior aide at work was published by The Sun.

The Health Minister quit his government post in the wake of mounting pressure from colleagues within the Conservative party over the shocking footage of him with Gina Coladangelo.

Minutes after his announcement, it was reported that Coladangelo "is leaving her position on the board of the department of health", tweeted Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times.

Mr Hancock's letter of resignation to Boris Johnson says:

"Dear Prime Minister, 

"I am writing to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We have worked so hard as a country to fight the pandemic.

"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.

"We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.

"The NHS is the best gift a nation has ever given itself, and the dedication and courage of the NHS staff and the ceaseless work of the officials in the Department is something we should all be proud of.

"We didn't get every decision right but I know people understand how hard it is to deal with the unknown, making the difficult trade-offs between freedom, prosperity and health that we have faced.

"I am so proud that Britain avoided the catastrophe of an overwhelmed NHS and that through foresight and brilliant science we have led the world in the vaccination effort, so we stand on the brink of a return to normality.

"The reforms we have started in the health system will ensure it continues to provide even better care for people in years to come.

"We are building a better NHS which makes smarter use of technology and data, forming a new UK Health Security Agency, delivering positive changes to mental health care and will fix the problems in social care once and for all.

"Many times I stood at the podium in Downing Street and thanked the team – my own team, the NHS, the volunteers, the Armed Services, our pharmacists, GPs, the pharmaceutical industry and the whole British publish who have made such sacrifices to help others.

"Those thanks are heartfelt and sincere so I must resign.

"It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cabinet as Secretary of State and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved.

"I will of course continue to support you in whatever way I can from the back benches, and I would like to thank you for your unwavering support, your leadership and your optimism, particularly as we worked together to overcome this awful disease.

"Matt Hancock"

His resignation came despite PM Boris Johnson yesterday refusing to fire the embattled Health Secretary.

MP Duncan Baker, who represents North Norfolk, became the first serving Conservative to openly call for him to go.

He said: “In my view, people in high public office and great positions of responsibility should act with the appropriate morals and ethics that come with that role.

"Matt Hancock – on a number of measures – has fallen short of that.”

Then Work and Pensions Secretary and Tory MP for Tatton Esther McVey has urged Mr Hancock to step down.

It comes as:

  • Love rat Matt Hancock was pictured getting cosy with aide Gina Coladangelo on secret dinner date
  • Mistress Gina packed up her car after learning her secret affair was about to be exposed
  • Footage of the Health Secretary grabbing his aide's bum has emerged
  • Mr Hancock's wife has given the press a brave smile as she emerged from her family home today

She said: "If it had been me, I would have resigned myself."

This morning, Mr Hancock faced fresh embarrassment when an ally booked in to defend him on the radio failed to turn up.

The unnamed supporter was due to be interviewed this morning on BBC Radio 4's Today programme – but presenters Mishal Husain and Martha Kearney were forced to explain that he's "not been answering his phone".

The pair told listeners: "We had been expecting to speak to a supporter of Matt Hancock this morning but he's not been answering his phone. We will keep trying."

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