The ex-health secretary was caught on camera passionately kissing his married aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo against the door of his Whitehall office in June.
He lost his job when it emerged they were seeing each other despite her being his aide and them breaking social distancing rules that Mr Hancock had created.
In his first interview since quitting as health secretary and losing his wife over the affair, Mr Hancock apologised again to those he had hurt and admitted he had ‘let people down’.
Matt Hancock has admitted he had ‘blown up every part of my life’ after he was caught on CCTV cheating on his wife with his most senior aide
Mr Hancock was forced to resign for breaching social distancing guidelines after he was shown in CCTV footage kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo inside his ministerial office
Speaking to ITV political editor Robert Peston on his show, Mr Hancock said: ‘Well, as you can imagine, the first thing that I focused on was my personal life, and then I focused on my professional responsibilities, and I decided that I had to resign.
‘I had blown up every part of my life and I concentrated on my personal life first as you can probably imagine. It was the right thing to do.’
The Tory MP was exposed in June cheating on his wife Martha after he was caught kissing Ms Coladangelo, who he had appointed as an adviser, in his private office, breaching the social distancing guidelines that he had established.
Mr Hancock tried to ride out the political storm over his flagrant breaches of Covid-19 regulations and his marital infidelity but was eventually forced to resign.
When asked on the ITV’s Peston whether he was surprised Boris Johnson did not sack him, Mr Hancock said: ‘I’m not going to go into the conversations that I had with the Prime Minister.
‘I made the decision [to resign], it was clearly right decision. And I just say, sorry again for the failure of… I let a lot of people down and I’m sorry to the people who I hurt.’
The bombshell expose of Mr Hancock’s affair with his aide, who was married to Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress, forced him to resign as health secretary.
In his first interview since quitting as health secretary, Mr Hancock said tonight he had ‘let people down’ and apologised to those he had hurt
The Tory MP was exposed in June cheating on his wife Martha after he was caught kissing Ms Coladangelo, who he had appointed as an adviser, in his private office, breaching the social distancing guidelines that he had established. Pictured: Hancock and Ms Coladangelo in 2019
Mr Hancock also insisted that he is ‘not in any hurry’ to return to the Government.
He said: ‘I actually think that being on the backbenches – I’m enjoying it. It’s a very important job.
‘I think contributions from people who have been there in the heat of battle… Theresa May, the contributions she makes as a former Prime Minister. If I can make that sort of contribution…[then I will be pleased].’
Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo are reportedly still seeing each other but are rarely spotted together.
The Hancocks, who married in 2006, had lived with their daughter, 14, and two sons, 13 and eight, in London and West Suffolk, until earlier this year when Mr Hancock’s affair was exposed.
After the footage emerged, Mr Hancock confirmed his resignation and said he wanted to ‘reiterate his apology for breaking the guidance’.
He said: ‘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.’
And a letter issued to the public read: ‘I am writing to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
‘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.’
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