MATT Hancock’s wife has been pictured with her wedding ring for the first time after it emerged he dumped her after his affair with an aide was revealed.
In his resignation statement, the former Health Secretary pointedly left out reference to his wife Martha as he said he wanted to spend more time with his children.
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The mum-of-three was pictured in a floral dress and dark sunglasses with her wedding ring still on as it emerged he had dumped her in the wake of The Sun revealing his affair.
Hancock quit in the wake of mounting pressure from colleagues within the Conservative party over the shocking footage of him kissing Gina Coladangelo.
He finally caved in to pressure, admitting he had "let down" the millions who had made sacrifices during the pandemic.
In a resignation letter to the Prime Minister he said: "I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this.
"I also need to be with my children at this time."
It comes as:
- Matt Hancock announced he was resigning almost 48 hours after his affair with his aide was exposed
- The Health Secretary told his wife he was leaving her as the affair was revealed
- Gina Coladangelo has left her position on the Department of Health board after the affair with Hancock
- Read Matt Hancock's resignation letter in full
- Boris Johnson told Hancock 'you should be proud of what you've achieved' as he accepted his resignation
But the statement had no mention of wife, Martha , who has been married to the Health Secretary for 15 years.
According to The Sunday Times, she had no idea her husband was having an affair until he broke the news and announced that their marriage was over.
Hancock reportedly raced home after being told about The Sun's revelations.
He then delivered the bombshell news to Martha, who believed that their marriage had until that moment been "happy and stable".
Hancock even woke up the couple's youngest child, aged eight, to break the news he was leaving.
His local constituency party in Suffolk is said to be enraged by news of the affair and there is talk of him facing deselection at the next election.
Hancock's allies have said the politician and Coladangelo are “love match” and are planning to set up home together.
Martha Hancock seen out walking this morning after yesterday's explosive news and still had her wedding ring on.
CCTV images showed him passionately kissing his aide – with the dad-of-three shamelessly asking for "privacy on this personal matter" just hours later.
And he admitted he had "broken social distancing rules" after lecturing the country on coronavirus regulations throughout the pandemic.
He was recorded kissing her on May 6 – while hugging was still banned.
Just ten days later, the hypocritical politician warned the country we mustn't cuddle our loved ones.
Ms Coladangelo, who has been a close friend of the former cabinet minister since their time at university, was appointed as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care last year.
Ms Coladangelo, who is listed on the department's website as a non-executive director, is the marketing and communications director at British retailer Oliver Bonas, which was founded by her husband Oliver Tress.
Her LinkedIn profile says she has been working as a non-executive director at the Department of Health since September 2020 and was at Oxford University at the same time as the health secretary.
Hancock's resignation came despite the PM yesterday refusing to fire the embattled Health Secretary.
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