MATT Hancock stands near a student thought to be Gina Coladangelo in a newly-unearthed photo taken at the launch of a student radio station.
The archived image shows the future Health Secretary close to the woman who would go on to become one of his closest friends – and his involvement with whom may now mark the end of his top-flight political career.
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An archived image shows Matt Hancock standing close to Gina Coladangelo when the pair both attended the launch of a student radio station
Boris Johnson has refused to fire Mr Hancock after The Sun printed bombshell images of the West Suffolk MP in a clinch with Mrs Coladangelo while at work.
But pressure is mounting on both the PM and his embattled minister from furious Brits who observed Covid lockdown rules to the letter when ordered to by Mr Hancock.
The footage was captured while hugging loved ones was still advised against. Just 10 days after the kiss, patronising Mr Hancock warned: “We must be careful.”
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Now, a photograph of he and Mrs Coladangelo has emerged in the Daily Mail.
In the photo, Mr Hancock takes centre-stage in a tweed jacket and rugby shirt. He poses with his hands in his pockets alongside other students working on Oxygen 107.9 FM at the University of Oxford.
On the right-hand side of the photo is believed to be Mrs Coladangelo, holding a file of notes.
The pair – both of whom studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) during their time at the world-famous university – worked together at the radio station, with Mrs Coladangelo presenting news, while Mr Hancock reported on sports.
Mrs Coladangelo also attended university alongside Mr Hancock’s osteopath wife Martha, 44. The two women graduated around the same time.
It’s not known if the women were acquaintances there – but both remain friends on Facebook.
The Hancocks, who also met at university, have three children, two boys and a girl and Mrs Coladangelo is also understood to be a mother of three.
The image came to light after The Sun shared a clip of Mr Hancock taking Mrs Coladangelo into his arms.
Mr Hancock was pictured in a clinch with Mrs Coladangelo – after quietly hiring her on the taxpayers’ pound during the pandemic
The pair kissed while at work – at a time when Mr Hancock was urging Brits not to hug under lockdown lawsCredit: THE SUN
The Health Secretary raised eyebrows when he hired his old pal secretly – using taxpayers’ cash – part-way through the pandemic.
Sources claim her work for him was “mysterious”, but the pair were always together.
It isn’t known how long an affair has been continuing, although the news was allegedly an open secret in the Department of Health.
Mr Hancock yesterday apologised for breaching social distancing with DoH non-executive director Gina, the wife of Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress.
He made no public apology to his wife of 15 years, Martha, 44, with whom he shares three children. She has been seen out in public still wearing her wedding ring since news broke.
Boris Johnson yesterday said he considers the matter “closed” – but despite that, Mr Hancock faces a gruelling fight to cling to his position.
A Savanta ComRes snap poll found the public wanted him to quit by a margin of 58 to 25. A separate YouGov survey had the margin at 49 to 25.
This morning, MP Duncan Baker became the first frontline Tory to openly back the public and say the minister must go.
Mr Baker, MP for North Norfolk, told his local newspaper that the Health Secretary “has fallen short” of “the appropriate morals and ethics” that apply to someone in his position – and has told the Government his feelings “in the strongest possible terms”.
Brits are furious, with many saying the Health Secretary must step down over his hypocrisyCredit: THE SUN
Mr Hancock has apologised, although has not yet publicly said sorry to his wife, the mother of his three childrenCredit: Eyevine
His wife Martha has responded with dignified silence, even smiling bravely for press todayCredit: LNP
Top officials at the Met Police have confirmed they won’t be investigating the affair.
Now sources from the Government say they’ve also ruled out a mole hunt – because if the person responsible for the leak was tracked down, they could claim they were a whistleblower exposing wrongdoing.
One said: “They aren’t going to do a leak inquiry.”
Piers Morgan is among those calling for Mr Hancock to go.
The minister groped Mrs Coladangelo months after saying Professor Neil Ferguson should be investigated by police for his lockdown affair.
Unlike Mr Hancock, Prof Ferguson resigned from his Government role after news he’d flouted regulations was revealed.
TV firebrand Piers said: “At the time he was ordering the British people not to hug anyone from other households…”
And last night, he said: “Remember: Matt Hancock was so disgusted about Neil Ferguson breaking social distancing rules with a lover, that he demanded he resign and said he’d back a police prosecution.
“Hancock’s stinking brazen hypocrisy is outrageous and pathetic, as is Boris Johnson’s refusal to sack him.”
Elsewhere, Mrs Colandangelo left her family home with a boot packed full of possessions after discovering her affair would be exposed.
She drove off in her £70,000 Audi Q7 from outside her £3.6million property – and has not yet returned.
Boris Johnson says the matter is closed – but some Tory officials are reportedly furiousCredit: THE SUN
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