Two weeks after the resignation scandal which rocked Whitehall, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been spotted for the first time in his Suffolk constituency while his lover strolled at her London home, having removed her wedding ring.
Ironically enough, given that he resigned after breaking Covid rules, Mr Hancock was photographed at a vaccination centre at Newmarket Racecourse, where he is believed to have received his second jab on Wednesday.
Gina Coladangelo, 43, Mr Hancock’s former closest aide, whom he was caught kissing and hugging in footage leaked from a CCTV camera in his office, is still believed to be living in her marital home with her three children and retail tycoon husband Oliver Tress.
But the recent removal of her wedding band suggests they are now estranged.
This week former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was photographed alone, looking at his phone in a stationary car, parked in Newmarket
Mr Hancock, 42, left his osteopath wife Martha and three young children as soon as the affair broke on June 25. He was reported to have told her their marriage was over the evening the story was published and woke up his children to say goodbye.
This week he was photographed alone, looking at his phone in a stationary car, parked in Newmarket. He cancelled an engagement at the same venue on the morning his affair was revealed for the first time in The Sun.
Student Guilherme Cavaleiro, 20, who was attending for his first jab, said: ‘I glanced at him and thought he looked familiar. I took a second look and realised it was Mr Hancock. We didn’t exchange any words – he looked very thoughtful, just staring at his mobile phone.’
Mrs Coladangelo also cut a solitary figure as she walked her dog on Wandsworth Common, south London earlier this week, wearing sunglasses, a denim jacket, floral print skirt and Jesus sandals.
Like Mr Hancock, about 80 miles away in Suffolk, she was also carrying a mobile phone and appeared to have having a conversation while connected by Bluetooth earphones.
Mr Hancock’s lover Gina Coladangelo, 43, strolled at her London home having removed her wedding ring
Mr Hancock was caught kissing and hugging his former closest aide in footage leaked from a CCTV camera in his office
Where Mr Hancock is in hiding is a mystery, as he was yesterday nowhere to be seen at his rented rambling Grade II listed farmhouse which lies just outside his West Suffolk constituency in the neighbouring South Suffolk seat of his Tory colleague James Cartlidge.
A neighbour said Mr Hancock had not been seen there for a week. ‘He zipped in last Friday, but I think he was just picking up his mail,’ said the resident.
Mr Hancock resigned his Cabinet post two day after the affair was revealed, even though Downing Street initially described the matter as ‘closed.’
In a letter to the PM Mr Hancock said the government ‘owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down’.
Boris Johnson said he was ‘sorry’ to receive the resignation.
Mr Hancock had been under increasing pressure to quit, after The Sun published photos, and then a video, of Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo kissing.
Mr Hancock resigned his Cabinet post two day after the affair was revealed, even though Downing Street initially described the matter as ‘closed’
The footage was taken inside the Department of Health on 6 May, during a time when people were ordered to social distance from family and friends.
Mr Hancock ended his 15-year marriage to his wife, Martha, and the relationship with Ms Coladangelo is understood to be a serious one.
But Mr Hancock’s political troubles may still not yet be over, it emerged yesterday.
Although the executive committee of Mr Hancock’s local West Suffolk Conservative Association has formally given him its backing in a statement released a week ago, not all rank and file members of the organisation are happy for him to remain as their MP.
He could face a crunch vote on July 23, when a new, larger executive committee will be formed, and at least one prominent member of the association intends to challenge Mr Hancock.
Tom Kerby, the former deputy Mayor of Newmarket, told MaiOnline he hoped that the issue of Mr Hancock’s deselection would be on the agenda.
‘I will be trying to get onto the executive, but even if I’m not successful, I hope that enlarging the executive to more than 20 people will mean a broader representation of members’ views.
‘I can tell you that there is certainly a feeling among some members that Mr Hancock should step down – it’s a combinaton of the hypocrisy of breaking the Covid rules and the lies he must have told.
‘If he’s lied about one thing, how can we believe him over other matters?’
Former chancellor Sajid Javid who was chosen as Mr Hancock’s replacement, yesterday cracked a joke at his predecessor’s expense.
Sitting in Mr Hancock’s old office for an online conference on Thursday, Mr Javid quipped: ‘I hope my camera is on, is my camera on? I mean, the one on my laptop, not the one in the ceiling.’
Mr Javid has previously praised Mr Hancock, saying: ‘I think Matt Hancock worked incredibly hard. He achieved a lot and I’m sure he will have more to offer in public life’.