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Matt Hancock, Britain’s beleaguered well being secretary, apologizes after being caught in embrace with aide

Hancock is under fire after The Sun published a story with photographs that appear to show him kissing Gina Coladangelo, whom the tabloid claims is his friend and adviser. The Sun alleges that the images are from May 6, two weeks before cross-household contact was allowed indoors in England.

The health secretary issued a statement to reporters on Friday in which he appealed for privacy. “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances. I have let people down and am very sorry,” he said.

“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.”

The Sun’s report has sparked accusations of apparent cronyism — an allegation that the health secretary has faced previously for awarding a contract to a former neighbor for Covid-19 test kits.

Hancock has been under pressure for months over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain, but has managed to cling onto his…

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