Gina Coladangelo is on her way out, on the same evening Matt Hancock resigned
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The aide who was filmed kissing shamed Health Secretary Matt Hancock has left her role at the Department of Health, it is understood.
Gina Coladangelo is joining Mr Hancock on her way out, leaving her £15,000-a-year role as a non-executive director at the Department of Health.
The Health Secretary sensationally quit this evening, after shamelessly trying to cling on to his job following the blatant breach of social distancing rules.
The pair were filmed canoodling inside the Department of Health HQ in London last month, with footage published on Friday leading to Mr Hancock's downfall.
Ms Coladangelo, who is married to Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress, has known the Tory cabinet member since they studied together at Oxford University.
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Matt Hancock pictured kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo
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Officials have still not confirmed if Mr Hancock had a role in her appointment last year, but insist proper processes were followed.
On Thursday she was pictured packing her car outside the couple's London home.
Tonight the Health Secretary finally caved in to pressure, admitting he had "let down" the millions who had made sacrifices during the pandemic.
The footage was reportedly taken on May 6 – when England's law banned indoor social gatherings of people from different households, and guidance urged people to stay two metres apart and avoid "face to face contact".
Married Mr Hancock had made a desperate attempt hang on to his job and dodge allegations of hypocrisy by issuing a grovelling apology on Thursday.
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But in a letter to the PM today he wrote: "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 be with my children at this time."
His letter and statement made no reference to his wife, Martha.
Ms Coladangelo with husband Oliver Tress, founder of Oliver Bonas
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In a video posted on Twitter, he admitted he had to resign, saying: "I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, you have made.
"And those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that's why I've got to resign."
Following today's announcement, Labour leader Keir Starmer said: "Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him."
The Prime Minister – who branded Mr Hancock "f****** hopeless" at the start of the pandemic – now faces questions over why he did not remove the Health Secretary himself.
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In a glowing response letter to Mr Hancock, he wrote: "You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us."
Mr Hancock's decision to go came after the cracks began to show in Conservative support.
Former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell said Mr Hancock’s position had become “untenable”, while the families of bereaved families called for him to quit.
Mr Johnson initially stood by his cabinet colleague after a video of him canoodling with university friend and Department of Health non-executive director Ms Coladangelo was published on Friday.