Matt Hancock’s aide has split from her husband and is giving her relationship with the former health secretary ‘a proper go’, it has been reported.
Gina Coladangelo, 43, stepped down from her role at the Department of Health hours after Mr Hancock resigned following the publication of footage showing them kissing in his ministerial office.
Mr Hancock reportedly ended his 15-year marriage to wife Martha shortly before the affair was made public and is now believed to be living with his lover.
According to The Sun, Ms Coladangelo has also split with her husband Oliver Tress, the millionaire founder of Oliver Bonas.
Sources have said the 54-year-old has been left ‘devastated’ by the affair.
Ms Coladangelo was pictured loading bags into her £70,000 Audi outside the pair’s £3.6 million home in southwest London hours before the revelations were exposed.
A neighbour told The Sun: ‘Gina and Matt are giving it a proper go and Olly was left reeling.
‘They had lots of friends here so we are all trying to help look after Olly.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of ‘trying to rewrite history’ yesterday by indicating he had sacked Mr Hancock, despite initially appearing to stand by him.
Downing Street said the pair held talks on Saturday and, having ‘discussed it further’, Mr Johnson backtracked to agree that Mr Hancock had to step down.
During a by-election campaign visit to Batley, Mr Johnson suggested he acted over Mr Hancock because it undermined the Government’s message that the nation has been in the pandemic together.
He told broadcasters: ‘That’s right. And that’s why, when I saw the story on Friday, we had a new Secretary of State for Health in on Saturday.’
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner accused Mr Johnson of trying to take credit for the resignation and said that ‘serious unanswered questions’ remain.
She said: ‘Boris Johnson is trying to rewrite history because he didn’t have the guts to sack Matt Hancock.
‘A fish rots from the head down, and by failing to sack the former health secretary, Johnson proved he doesn’t have the leadership qualities or judgment required to be Prime Minister.’
Asked if Mr Hancock had been sacked, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman later said: ‘No, the former health secretary resigned.’
And asked if Mr Johnson urged Mr Hancock to quit, he said: ‘No, the Prime Minister accepted his resignation, he agreed it was the right decision.’
He declined to explain what changed between Friday – when a No 10 spokesman said Mr Johnson accepted Mr Hancock’s apology and ‘considers the matter closed’ – and Saturday, when he accepted his resignation.
The official spokesman added: ‘All I can say is they discussed it further and the Prime Minister agreed with the former health secretary that it was right for him to offer his resignation.’
Meanwhile, No 10 indicated Mr Hancock personally hired Ms Coladangelo as a non-executive director at the health department.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘As far as I’m aware I believe ministers are entitled to make direct appointments and I believe that was the case in this instance.
‘Her appointment followed correct procedure.’
The long-term friend of Mr Hancock was brought into the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) first as an unpaid adviser before getting the £15,000-a-year director role in September.
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