The ex-Health Secretary, who announced his resignation this evening, raced home to tell his wife of 15 years that he would be leaving her after he was contacted by The Sun newspaper over his affair with Gina Coladangelo.
Images and video showed Mr Hancock kissing the millionaire lobbyist last month, and the Health Secretary was facing increasing pressure to quit over the breaking of social-distancing rules.
Martha Hancock, a 44-year-old osteopath, had no clue about the affair until her husband told her their marriage was over, reports
The break-up came to light after Mr Hancock handed in a letter of resignation to Boris Johnson where he said the Government ‘owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down’.
He will be replaced by former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid, it has been announced.
Martha Hancock pictured arriving home today in London. She reportedly had no clue about the affair between Mr Hancock and his aide until she was told their marriage was over
The ex-Health Secretary (above, on June 6), who announced his resignation this evening, raced home to tell his wife of 15 years that he would be leaving her after he was contacted by The Sun newspaper over his affair with Gina Coladangelo
The reports of the affair came just weeks after Hancock was seen enjoying lunch out with Martha – the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – in London.
The pair were seen waiting for a taxi after eating at Exmouth market in the capital.
They were last seen together in public at the England vs Scotland Euro 2020 match at Wembley a week ago.
Earlier this year, the father-of-three, who has two son and a daughter, was seen playing rugby in the park with his boys.
Mrs Hancock is said to have met her future husband while they were students at Oxford University. Both are dyslexic and he once revealed that the condition helped them bond.
Descended from a baron and a viscount, Mrs Hancock had a privileged upbringing. Her father, Old Etonian Alastair Hoyer Millar, 84, was secretary of The Pilgrim Trust between 1980 and 1996. The organisation supplies grants to preserve historically significant buildings or artefacts.
Her mother, Virginia Hoyer Millar, 70, an antiques dealer, was yesterday pictured comforting her daughter in the street by putting her arms around her shoulders. They also linked arms as they strolled around North-West London.
The couple divide their time between London and their West Suffolk constituency home, where there was no sign of Mr Hancock following his resignation.
The ex-Health Secretary wrote in his letter: ‘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 (to) be with my children at this time.’
The reports of the affair came just weeks after Hancock was seen enjoying lunch out (above) with Martha – the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – in London
Matt and Martha seen attending the VO5 NME Awards 2018 at London’s O2 Brixton Academy
Mr Hancock wrote in his resignation letter today: ‘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’
The Prime Minister said he was ‘sorry’ to receive Mr Hancock’s resignation as Health Secretary.
He said Mr Hancock ‘should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us’.
Boris Johnson added: ‘I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.’
Ms Coladangelo, initially taken on by Mr Hancock as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in early 2020, is also leaving her position on the board of the Department of Health.
Mr Johnson had refused to sack Mr Hancock, with his spokesman saying the PM considered the matter closed after receiving the West Suffolk MP’s apology on Friday.
But on Saturday Conservative MPs began to break ranks to call for Mr Hancock to go.
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