Matt Hancock described as 'despicable' by family friend over affair

‘Despicable’ Matt Hancock is ‘a horrible individual’ who has NOT apologised to his ‘crushed’ wife for affair with aide that ended their marriage, reveals ‘appalled’ family friend

  • Matt Hancock was sacked in June by Boris Johnson for breaching Covid-19 rules
  • Mr Hancock was shown on CCTV kissing his ministerial aide Gina Coladangelo
  • The former minister was spotted in Switzerland with his married lover 

A friend of Matt and Martha Hancock has described the former Health Secretary as ‘despicable’ over the way he ended his marriage which left his wife ‘crushed’. 

Mr Hancock, 43, who has taken a holiday in the Swiss Alps with his  lover Gina Coladangelo, 44, is plotting a political comeback despite being forced to quit cabinet over his infidelity. 

The Tory MP was exposed in June kissing Ms Coladangelo, who he had appointed as an adviser, in his private office, breaching the social distancing guidelines that he had established. 

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, pictured centre, was photographed alongside his lover Gina Goladangelo, left, earlier this week in the Swiss Alps

Mr Hancock’s wife Martha, pictured, was in London and was responsible for the school run

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 

The family friend told The Telegraph: ‘Martha has been crushed by this, and Matt is only interested in his career and his mistress. He is a despicable individual.

‘He has shown no concern for Martha or the children. He has been uncaring to Martha even though she backed him throughout his career and introduced him to the people that made his career. She has always defended him throughout.’ 

Mr Hancock tried to ride out the political storm over his flagrant breaches of Covid-19 regulations and his marital infidelity but was eventually sacked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

He was replaced as Health Secretary by former Chancellor Sajid Javid. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to conduct a reshuffle of his cabinet and Mr Hancock is hoping for a return to the front line like Mr Javid who resigned over a row with the PM’s then chief adviser Dominic Cummings. 

The family friend continued: ‘Matt Hancock is a horrible individual. He is definitely not a gentleman. He keeps trying to suggest that all is fine when everyone has been left shattered by this. He has been horrible to Martha and has not at any point apologised to her or the rest of the family for what he has done.’

Mr Hancock and his wife Martha met at Oxford and were married in 2006. Ms Colandangelo, a mother of three, is married to Oliver Tress, owner of the eponymous high street chain.   

The Sun published CCTV footage from inside Mr Hancock’s private office showing the then Health Secretary in an illicit clinch with his adviser, who he has known since university.  

Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo were photographed at a £87-a-night in Villars-sur-Ollon, near Montreux, Switzerland. 

The pair, who have continued dating since their affair was exposed, have been staying at The Villars Mountain Lodge, described on the hotel’s website as ‘resolutely modern and at the same time delightfully authentic’.

The couple, who have continues dating since their affair was exposed, appeared in high spirits and they head out for dinner with friends 

Matt Hancock (left) donned a baseball cap, sunglasses and a jumper while Miss Coladangelo (right) dressed casually in a denim jacket

Boasting hot showers, a bar and diner, ‘cozy beds, ultra-soft pillows and soundproof rooms’, the hotel is around a 90 minute drive from the city of Geneva and provides views of the famous Mont Blanc.

Known for skiing and its eye-wateringly expensive boarding schools, the village is also part of the wider resort of Villars – a favourite with royalty and celebrities.

This week’s pictures showed Mr Hancock wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a face mask while Ms Coladangelo dressed casually in a denim jacket and black dress as the pair head out for dinner with friends.

As the pair continued to enjoy their break away, Mr Hancock’s wife Martha, 44, who met the former health secretary when they were both students at Oxford University, was spotted in north London earlier today during the school run.

The £87-a-night resort is tucked away in the mountains in situated in the village of Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps

Mr Hancock and his girlfriend checked into room 206 of the Mountain Villars Lodge under assumed names and had to enter their  accommodation with a digital key door

It is understood Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo drove to the resort from the UK for what is thought to be their first holiday abroad together since their relationship was revealed in June, The Daily Express reports.

It was Mr Hancock’s second holiday in as many weeks after he was spotted hitting the surf in Cornwall with his children last month. 

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.’

Matt Hancock was spotted on holiday with his family in Cornwall last month after his affair with Gina Colangelo was exposed 

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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