att Hancock has stated he resigned as well being secretary after colleagues did not defend him publicly following the disclosure he was having an affair with an aide.
Within the newest extract of his diary, serialised by The Mail+, Mr Hancock stated Boris Johnson had assured him he may keep it up though he and Gina Coladangelo had been pictured kissing in his workplace in breach of his personal social-distancing pointers.
However after the story broke in The Solar final yr, he stated he discovered himself “more and more remoted” politically and was left with no alternative however to stop.
Mr Hancock additionally disclosed that his last resignation assertion was filmed by Mr Johnson on a cell phone. He stated he needed to do repeated takes as a result of the digicam was waving up and down a lot.
The publication of his Pandemic Diaries coincides along with his return to Westminster from Australia following his controversial spell on ITV’s I’m A Celeb … Get Me Out Of Right here!
In it, Mr Hancock data how, on Thursday June 24 2021, he went to see Mr Johnson in Downing Road to inform him The Solar was about to publish particulars of his affair.
He stated the paper was accusing him of bringing Ms Coladangelo into his division due to their affair – which he stated was unfaithful – and of breaching Covid steerage on social distancing.
Privately, I used to be nonetheless getting constructive messages from colleagues. Publicly, few have been prepared to defend me. Politically, I used to be more and more remoted
Mr Johnson replied: “Nicely, you haven’t damaged the regulation. The rules aren’t binding – they’re suggestions. So I’ll stand by you.”
Nevertheless, by the weekend he realised that his place was changing into untenable.
“Privately, I used to be nonetheless getting constructive messages from colleagues. Publicly, few have been prepared to defend me. Politically, I used to be more and more remoted,” he wrote.
“I went to Chequers to see the PM. I defined that I had been occupied with what had occurred and the way it had made folks really feel – and that my thoughts was made up. The harm to my household and to the Authorities was too nice.
“I instructed Boris I needed to resign.”
Mr Hancock additionally described that farcical scene within the backyard of Chequers – the prime minister’s official nation residence – as they tried to movie his resignation assertion.
“Ultimately, the nice equipment of the State was nowhere. It was simply me and the PM fumbling round with an iPhone. He stood on the grass, holding the cellphone whereas I stated my piece. It took a number of goes to get it proper,” he wrote.
“He nodded sympathetic encouragement a lot all through the primary take that the digicam waved up and down. Ultimately it wasn’t good, however I used to be past caring: I needed to get it out.”