Matt Hancock, the minister responsible for the UK’s worst health crisis after the war, resigned on Saturday night because his relationship with a consultant was fiercely criticized and he included a consultant on the public payroll. .
During Saturday’s support for Hancock, Conservative MPs said his position was untenable, and cabinet ministers refused to publicly support him.
Just after 6 pm, Downing Street confirmed that Hancock had resigned. The minister admitted in his resignation letter that he had let people down by failing to abide by his own health guidelines.
As the UK begins to emerge from the pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now have to find a new Minister of Health, but faces many health challenges, including a large backlog in the NHS.
On Friday, Johnson seemed determined to keep Hancock, even though the Minister of Health admitted that he had kissed his adviser Gina Coladangelo in his Whitehall office in May, thus violating social media. Distance regulations.
On Saturday night, Coladangelo announced his resignation as a non-executive director of the health department.
Hancock said in his resignation letter: “When we let them down like I violated the guidelines, we should honestly thank the people who have made such great sacrifices in this pandemic.”
He added: “The last thing I want is my private life to distract people from the undivided attention that leads us out of this crisis.”
Some Conservative Party officials believe that Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi is the best candidate for Hancock’s successor; appointing him from the middle of the government will eliminate the need for a wider cabinet reorganization.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Treasury Chief Secretary Steve Barclay and Culture Secretary Oliver Dawden were touted as potential substitutes.
The married Hancock apologized to his family for allowing them to experience the ordeal of seeing his relationship on the front page of every national newspaper, and said that he wanted to spend time with his three children.
Senior Conservatives said that no new disclosures about his actions forced Hancock to resign, but Conservative MPs privately and publicly criticized him for his initial decision to keep his job.
North Norfolk Congressman Duncan Baker told the Oriental Daily: “I will not condone such behavior in any way. I have told the government my thoughts in the strongest terms.” Former Minister Esther McVeigh told GB News, ” If it were me, I would resign.”
In his response to Hancock’s resignation, Johnson hinted that he could make a comeback at a later stage. “You should be very proud of your service,” he said. “I believe your contribution to public service is far from over.”
The impact of Hancock’s relationship with his advisers, he appointed advisers as non-executive directors of his department, worth £15,000, which may dominate political debates during Johnson’s crucial week.
The Conservative Party hopes to win the Labor Party seats of Bartley and Spoon in the parliamentary by-election on Thursday, but opinion polls show that the public believes Hancock should resign.
The Labor Party claimed that Hancock’s actions showed that the senior Conservative Party has one rule, while the general public has another rule.
A senior Conservative Party official said: “This is inevitable. The party is very angry about violating the Covid rules.”
Two weeks ago, Hancock was photographed kissing Coladangelo, the communications director of the retail chain Oliver Bonas, on the CCTV camera in his department building. The social distancing criteria for close contact with people in a family.
A member of Hancock’s colleague said: “I went out to canvass on Saturday morning, and two different people advertised Hancock to me on the street. It has broken through.”
Hancock will soon introduce legislation to significantly strengthen the Secretary of State’s power over the NHS and reverse the key aspects of the controversial service reorganization in 2012 that gave the NHS UK operational independence.
For example, under the proposed legislation, the Minister of Health will be given “greater power to direct the NHS,” including the right to veto the appointment of some high-level medical services, and the right to intervene in advance decisions about whether to close or downgrade hospitals.
Hancock and Downing Street had hoped to strengthen control of this service to ensure that the general election promised to increase the number of nurses by 50,000 before the end of Parliament and provide 50 million appointments for general practitioners.
When Sir Simon Stevens resigns at the end of next month, Hancock will also play a role in deciding who should be the next chief executive of the British National Health Service.