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Matt Hancock 'sorry' for breaking social distancing rules by kissing aide

The Sun has published pictures of British Health Minister Matt Hancock appearing to kiss aide Gina Coladangelo
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Matt Hancock has apologised for breaking social distancing rules after he was pictured kissing a close aide in his Whitehall department.

However, the British Health Secretary made clear he intended to resist calls for his resignation following reports he was having an extramarital affair with Gina Coladangelo, who he appointed last year.

In a brief statement, Mr Hancock said he was "very sorry" that he had let people down but that he remained focused on his job tackling the pandemic.

"I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances, I have let people down and am very sorry," he said.

"I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

Labour said that his position had become "hopelessly untenable" and called on Boris Johnson to sack him.

Read more: Matt Hancock accused of affair with adviser

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