The Health Secretary, who is married and has three children, apologised for breaking social distancing rules after he was pictured kissing mum-of-three Gina Coladangelo
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Matt Hancock has been accused of having an affair – and refusing to resign – after CCTV images emerged showing him kissing one of his closest aides at his office.
The Health Secretary, who is married and has three children, apologised for breaking social distancing rules after he was pictured kissing mum-of-three Gina Coladangelo, whose husband founded the fashion firm Oliver Bonas, at the Department of Health's London HQ.
The images were reportedly taken on May 6 – when England's Covid lockdown banned indoor social gatherings of people from different households, and guidance urged people to stay two metres apart and avoid "face-to-face contact".
Mr Hancock, 42, first met Ms Coladangelo, 43, at Oxford University in the early 2000s. She joined his team last year.
Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo were pictured breaking lockdown regulations as they embraced passionately
(Image: Image: The Sun)
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Here body language expert Judi James tells the Mirror what the images could suggest
I always try to be fair and offer alternative interpretations for any photos that might look like an illicit celebrity kiss.
They can be down to a dodgy camera angle that makes a cheek-kiss of greeting look more incriminating that it should, or perhaps a whisper in the ear at a nightclub party can be made to look like the build-up to a snog.
But with these photos of Hancock there is apparently very little about the body language to misinterpret.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock with adviser Gina Coladangelo
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These poses look like a full-on, behind-the-bike-shed moment of stolen passion. Hancock’s splayed legs and bum-grab pull their pelvises in closer and his head leans forward with a frown of concentration to suggest this is way more than a fleeting peck on the lips.
His movements look rather clumsy as he holds her back with both hands and with the fingers of one hand splayed out in a fan. His double hand hold movements and the way his neck is stretched does make him look actively lost in the moment here.
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Coladangelo’s hand gestures look a lot less emphatic. She returns his full-on hug with a rather more tempered-looking hand touch to the neck or face.
This is where the body language becomes less precise.
Touching the face during a kiss can be a tender gesture that is loving rather than passionate.
But if her hand is lower, maybe on the lower neck or shoulder, it could possible be a slightly cooler gesture in response to his air of total commitment.