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Matt Hancock resigns as UK Health Secretary

Matt Hancock resigns as UK Health Secretary




Now a big news alert coming in the  uk health secretary matt hancock has  resigned  after breaking social distancing rules  hancock announced his resignation  on twitter listening i've been to see  the prime minister  to resign as secretary of state for  health and social care  i understand the enormous sacrifices  that everybody in this country has made  that you have made  and those of us who make these  rules have got to stick by them and  that's why i've got to resign  i want to thank people for their  incredible  sacrifices and what they've done everybody working in the nhs  across social care everyone involved in the vaccine program and frankly  everybody in this country  who has risen to the challenges that  we've seen  over this past 18 months i'm very proud of what we've done  to protect the nhs at the peak to  deliver that vaccine rollout for one of  the fastest in the world  and i look forward to supporting  the government and the prime minister  from the back benches  to make sure that we can get out of this  pandemic  we're so close to the end and then  build back better so that this country  can fulfill  its potential which is so great  and i will do that with all of my heart  now earlier this week pictures of hankar  kissing his aid went viral  on the internet in the last few days our  position called on the british health  secretary to step down  but prime minister boris johnson came to his rescue and said that the matter has been closed  on friday the sun published pictures of hancock and gina colorangelo both of them are married it  said that they had been taken inside the  department of health on the 6th of may  after which hancock apologized and said  that he was  very sorry  entertainment venues must close between  10 p.m  and 5 a.m  now for more on this we are being joined  by our london bureau chief  mandy clark mandy this of course is a  big blow to the boris johnson government  what more do you have on this big story  well it is a blow boris johnson of  course has  made a point of protecting matt hancock  after  a number of accusations that boris  johnson had called him hopeless  uh and that came from dominic cummings  so he hadn't made a point in protecting  him  when the this the news broke that he was  having this affair  um boris johnson says consider the  matter  closed of course boris johnson's uh  backstory uh is not clean as well there  hasn't been a number of affairs  linked to him so it was less about the  moral  issue about two married people having an  affair  and more about the fact that he broke  social distancing rules  as the health secretary who was setting  the rules in the first place  asking the public to abide by it and  then  disregarding it in his own private life  and i think ultimately that's what made  the position intaminable  really less about the moral question and  more about the fact  that he says do one thing and then acts  the other way  it will be a story that rumbles on  because it is salacious  the tabloids have it on every paper but  really it's corroding trust with the people  the of the tory party and that's the  bigger threat now the political bigger  threat  and so many ways it was kind of uh  inevitable that he would have to step  down because  of this view that he simply  the tory party is acting in a manner  where they are setting the rules but not  abiding by  it and it has shades of dominic cummings  who of course did that trip  when the lockdown was completely uh  in full effect and the prime minister  stood by him then  and his excuses were considered very  weak so it's  not a good result at all for the tory  party and it was very hard to see  how he could have stayed anyway  right mandy matt hancock of course has  been leading the uk's charge against  the coronavirus what does this mean now  for the uk situation  uh with regards to management of covet  well you know the uk center it's really  its final push for getting  the the vaccination program done there's  all these surge uh walking clinics the  majority of the population  population has been vaccinated  there's good debate over whether  children should be vaccinated they're  going to put that  uh to scientists so in many ways the  hard part  of his job had been complete he had an incredibly successful vaccine rollout  which he of course alluded to uh in his  resignation speech  uh so it's not like it's in the height  of the crisis where  someone would be stepping in would be  almost overwhelmed by it  it really this is it for the uk and the  final stages of getting that vaccine  rollout to continue  so it won't necessarily affect  how that is going to continue but it  certainly is a very  bad look uh for the health secretary to  have to step down in the middle of a  pandemic  right mandy thanks for bringing us all  the letters there on matt hancock's  resignation.

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