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Queen describes Matt Hancock as 'poor man' at meeting with PM

The Queen referred to Health Secretary Matt Hancock as "poor man" at a meeting with Boris Johnson. "I've just been talking to your secretary of state for health, poor man. He came for Privy Council," she told the prime minister. "He's full of...", she added. "Full of beans?", offered Mr...
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Queen describes Health Secretary Matt Hancock as 'poor man'

The Queen has held her first in person meeting with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in more than a year. Mr Johnson said it had been 15 months since the pair last met. HRH Queen Elizabeth II said she'd been talking to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, calling him a "poor man".
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The Queen just summed up Matt Hancock in two words

The Queen welcomed Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, back into Buckingham Palace to host her first in-person audience, after 15 months of conducting the weekly meetings over the phone due to Covid.And in a surprising turn, the 95-year-old wasted no time in expressing her sympathy for the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock.She said, “I’ve just been talking to your Secretary of State for Health”, before calling him a “poor man!”And yup, that pretty much sums up the guy’s year.She continued to say, “He’s full of…”, as Johnson hastily interrupted before anything else could be said, “Full of beans!”NEW: The Queen holds her...
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Freeing up international travel ‘difficult’ says Matt Hancock in holiday update

Removing quarantine restrictions from fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK is not “clinically advised yet”, the health secretary has said.As the travel industry prepares to challenge the effective shutdown of holidays abroad, Matt Hancock confirmed the government is considering allowing people who have had both jabs to avoid self-isolation.At present the only viable holiday destinations from which quarantine is not required are Gibraltar and Iceland. Many other locations have far lower rates of coronavirus than the UK, and the travel industry is calling for a rapid expansion of the quarantine “green list”.The next review is due on Thursday,...
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Shareholders of firm backed by Matt Hancock have donated to the Tories

Matt Hancock has promoted a healthcare startup whose shareholders have made donations to the health secretary and the Conservative party, the Guardian can reveal. The revelations about investors in Babylon Healthcare, a startup that offers smartphone-based NHS GP consultations and symptom-checker services, raise questions about possible conflicts of interest for Hancock.
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Matt Hancock says ‘it doesn’t matter’ that PM called him ‘f****** hopeless’

Matt Hancock has again sought to downplay Boris Johnson's claim that he was “f****** hopeless” at the start of the pandemic, insisting the remark was made during a “challenging and frustrating period” and adding: “It doesn’t matter.”Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's former top adviser, last week released WhatsApp messages from spring 2020 in which Mr Johnson apparently made disparaging remarks about the health secretary.Pressed on his feelings when Mr Cummings published the screenshot displaying how the prime minister had spoken about him, Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I work with the PM every single day, and...
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Matt Hancock hopes double-jabbed people won’t have to self-isolate after Covid contact

Matt Hancock has said he wants self-isolation rules to be eventually scrapped and replaced with daily tests for individuals who have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.The change in guidance — if signed off by Boris Johnson — would mean those who have received both jabs may soon be spared 10 days of self-isolation if they come into contact with someone infected with the virus.According to reports over the weekend, the health secretary is pushing to replace the mandatory self-isolation in favour of daily lateral flow tests, but a government decision is not expected until later in the...

Matt Hancock issues warning over foreign holidays this year

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Government is “on track” for the July 19 easing of restrictions, but warned that opening up travel abroad is “more difficult”. “Thankfully, because of the vaccination programme, we have been able to free up a huge number of the restrictions here at home,”...
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Covid: 19 July 'looking good' for end of lockdown, says PM

Plans to ease Covid restrictions in England on 19 July are "looking good", the prime minister has said. Boris Johnson said that was based on the efficacy of vaccines against identified variants. But he warned there could be a "rough winter for all sorts of reasons", including a resurgence of...