Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock mutes LBC caller who labels him ‘totally useless health secretary’

Matt Hancock has been labelled a “totally useless health secretary” by an enraged LBC caller.John, in Edinburgh, initially called in to suggest he’d like to see Rishi Sunak as the next prime minister, to “correct some of the mistakes” Mr Hancock has made in the past.“You were totally useless as a health secretary,” he said, pointing out the number of people in the UK “suffering from the effects of rare disease”.Mr Hancock later appeared to ask producers to cut the caller’s mic during the debate and a spokesperson offered the following comment on the incident:“The guy was wrong, off-topic and wouldn’t stop talking so Matt had no option but to signal to the team. It’s completely standard in broadcasting when someone’s hogging the airwaves.”Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More Matt Hancock becomes unlikely TikTok star after District line mobbingGovernment rules out search of Matt Hancock’s private emailsHancock promised care home testing against advice, officials claim
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The Independent

Matt Hancock 'assumed' Boris Johnson would resign after losing cabinet

Matt Hancock said he thought Boris Johnson was “going to resign yesterday (Wednesday 6 July)” following the cumulative resignations from his cabinet and MPs holding governmental positions.The former health secretary added: “There are conventions in politics, one of them is if you lose half of your cabinet then you stand down.”The prime minister has agreed to stand down from his position Thursday (7 July), and is expected to remain in post until a new Tory leader is in place by the party’s annual conference in October.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
The Independent

'We need a new prime minister who can unite' says former health secretary Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock said the UK “needs a new prime minister who can unite” while calling for Boris Johnson to step down from his position.The former health secretary said: “We’ve got to make sure we’ve got the right candidate, unfortunately, the prime minister has lost the confidence of his party and his cabinet”.Mr Johnson’s leadership is coming under increased pressure after the sudden double resignations from Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid on Tuesday (5 July).As of Thursday morning, over 50 MPs holding ministerial positions in the government have handed their resignations.Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More Johnson commits to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence - follow live

Matt Hancock backs Commons vote on legalising assisted dying

MPs should have the opportunity to vote on whether assisted dying should be legalised in the UK, former health secretary Matt Hancock has said.The Conservative former minister called for a Commons vote as MPs debated a petition proposing that assisted dying should be legalised for “terminally ill, mentally competent adults”.The petition hosted on Parliament’s website received more than 155,000 signatures before it closed.MPs rejected proposals to legalise assisted dying in 2015, when the Commons last had the chance to debate reforms to the law.In recent years, lawmakers in some US states, Australia and several European countries have legalised the practice.Mr...

Matt Hancock filmed dancing night away at Oxford nightclub to ‘relive his Uni days’

Matt Hancock was filmed dancing into the early hours at an Oxford nightclub over the weekend as he continues to enjoy time away from the stresses of Boris Johnson’s government.The Tory MP, forced to quit in June last year after breaking social distancing guidelines by kissing a colleague, was seen dancing with old university friends at the Atik nightclub in the city where he studied.The former health secretary is seen beaming and waving his arms in the short clip, posted with the message ‘Meet Matt Hancock’ and a pair of emojis. Mr Hancock danced to songs including...

Conservative MP Matt Hancock advocates for “attractive” tax and regulatory regimes in the U.K.

👋 Want to work with us? CryptoSlate is hiring for a handful of positions!. Conservative MP and crypto advocate Matt Hancock in a keynote speech delivered at Crypto A.M.’s 4th anniversary on June 22 called for a crypto-friendly tax and regulatory regime. Despite the extreme downturn in the market, the MP argued that the UK should be liberal in its approach to crypto regulation.

Voices: Why I’ll never forgive Matt Hancock for what he did

My parents, Bill and Mary Dartnall, lived in the bungalow we moved into when my sister and I had just started school, well into their old age. They were determined to live independently, and both were pragmatic, capable and organised.Well into his seventies, Dad was a chimney sweep and known by all as a local character. Mum had been president of the British Beekeeping Association and they had both been very much involved with beekeeping for decades, locally and nationally. They worked hard throughout their lives and had a can-do approach that served them well.At the start of 2020, they...

Matt Hancock blames Public Health England after damning High Court ruling on Covid in care homes

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has blamed Public Health England (PHE) for failing to alert him to asymptomatic transmission of Covid after a court ruled that the government policy of discharging patients to care homes during the early stages of the pandemic was unlawful.In a ruling on Wednesday, Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Garnham concluded that policies contained in documents released in March and early April 2020 were unlawful because they failed to take into account the risk to elderly and vulnerable residents from non-symptomatic transmission of the virus.They also said that, despite there being “growing awareness” of the risk...

Matt Hancock: Not enough evidence to prosecute CCTV leak suspects

Investigators have said there is not enough evidence to prosecute two people suspected of leaking CCTV of Matt Hancock kissing his then aide. The images led to Mr Hancock resigning as health secretary last year after he admitted breaking Covid-19 rules. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) set up a criminal...

‘Insufficient evidence’ to prosecute two people suspected of leaking CCTV of Matt Hancock kiss

No-one will be prosecuted over the leaking of CCTV footage that showed former health secretary Matt Hancock kissing his aide while coronavirus social distancing guidelines were in place.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found insufficient evidence to prosecute two people suspected of leaking CCTV footage of Matt Hancock kissing his former aide, Gina Coladangelo.The regulator launched a criminal investigation after it received a report of a personal data breach from DHSC’s CCTV operator, EMCOR Group plc.Mr Hancock quit in June last year after The Sun published images taken on 6 May 2021 showing him in an embrace with Ms...