Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, left, in the office where they were later caught in an embrace (Image: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street)
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A Tory donor “chum” of Matt Hancock has been reported to the standards watchdog for getting his aide a Parliamentary pass.
Lord Bethell sponsored a coveted security pass for Gina Coladangelo until December last year, the Mirror understands.
That gave the married aide – who was pictured snogging her boss Mr Hancock on leaked CCTV – access to corridors of power on the Parliamentary estate, which includes both the Commons and the Lords.
Health Minister Lord Bethell could now face a formal investigation into whether his sponsorship of a pass broke parliamentary rules.
Peers can obtain up to three passes for secretaries and research assistants, but only if they “genuinely and personally” work for that peer.
But the Sunday Times reported that Mrs Coladangelo has never worked for Lord Bethell personally.
Lord Bethell is a privately-schooled former Ministry of Sound managing director
Instead she had frequently been pictured by Mr Hancock’s side, and had a £15,000-a-year role as a non-executive director at the Department of Health.
Labour have now referred Lord Bethell to the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards.
The complaint is undergoing an initial assessment and if it proceeds to a formal investigation, Lord Bethell will be named publicly.
Labour chair Anneliese Dodds said: “The Conservatives have serious questions to answer about how Gina Coladangelo gained the right to enter parliament unchecked.
“We need to know why was she sponsored by one of Matt Hancock’s chums in the Lords and what work she did for him.
“Access to parliament is a privilege for people who genuinely need to work there. There cannot be one rule for the Conservatives and their friends and another for everyone else.”
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Lord Bethell, a privately-schooled former Ministry of Sound managing director, donated £5,000 to Mr Hancock’s leadership bid in 2019 and was then made a health minister nine months later.
The Department of Health and Social Care has been contacted for comment.
A House of Lords spokesman told the Mirror: “I can confirm that a complaint has been received by the Commissioner for Standards.”
Millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo was first handed an unpaid advisor job in the Department of Health last year, for a period of six months.
Following that, she landed a £15,000-a-year role as a non-executive director at the Department of Health – sitting on its board with such luminaries as Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
The Department of Health insists “this appointment was made in the usual way and followed correct procedure”, but has not elaborated on what that procedure was or whether Mr Hancock was involved.