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Matt Hancock’s wife was said to be Facebook friends with his lover – and believed her marriage to the former Health Secretary was stable.
Martha Hancock reportedly had no idea that her husband of 15 years was having an affair with aide Gina Coladangelo – until he broke the news hours before it was made public in leaked CCTV footage.
Family friends said the news as a shock to Martha, who believed her marriage was “happy and stable”, they told the Daily Mail.
Martha had met Coladangelo at Oxford University – and the pair reportedly friends on Facebook.
Coladangelo and her husband Oliver Tress had even reportedly celebrated Christmas at parties with the Hancock family.
Martha reportedly had no idea her husband was having an affair and thought their marriage was stable
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The former Health Secretary resigned on Saturday after he was filmed kissing government aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo at the Department of Health's London HQ.
The footage that led to his downfall 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".
Gina Coladangelo with husband Oliver Tress
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Matt Hancock seated next to Gina Coladangelo during the Policy Exchange outlining Tory plans on the National Health Service in 2019
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On Friday, the Met Police said it was "aware of the distribution of images alleged to have been obtained within an official Government premises" but added it would not be investigating the married 42-year-old.
However Fleur Anderson, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, has asked police to investigate Mr Hancock for possible breaches of Covid rules, the Metro reports.
Following Mr Hancock's resignation, the Labour MP for Southfields and Roehampton tweeted: "Matt Hancock has resigned as Health Secretary.
Matt Hancock pictured kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo
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"His position was absolutely untenable, but I must congratulate him on being the first Tory resignation in a while. It raises the question of what truly warrants a resignation – and who is next?"
The MP's comments come as it is reported that MI5 is expected to hold talks with the Cabinet Office over the leak of the office CCTV footage.
Officials are expected to decide if the incident is a national security breach and requires further investigation by intelligence agencies, reports The Times.
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A policing source told the paper: “Hancock having a kiss with his girlfriend is not a national security issue, it’s a national embarrassment issue. But it raises issues of blackmail and extortion.
“What if sensitive material on documents could be seen on the cameras and passed on to those who wish Britain harm? That would certainly elevate it.”
An official probe into how the footage came to be leaked to a national newspaper is already underway – with the camera reportedly disabled and covered up.
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and aide Gina Coladangelo at the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019
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According to the Mail on Sunday, a whistleblower approached media outlets using a now-deleted Instagram account, offering “damning” footage of the “totally f*****g hopeless” Health Secretary in a “very compromising position.”
After the images emerged Mr Hancock issued an apology on Friday, saying: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.
"I have let people down and am very sorry.
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"I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had accepted Mr Hancock's apology and the 'matter was closed'.
But, following widespread criticism, Mr Hancock stepped down – although he could leave with a £16,000 payout.