Matt Hancock and kissed aide Gina Coladangelo are serious as he quits marriage and Health Secretary job after admitting in resignation speech 'those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them'
Mr Hancock wrote a letter of resignation to Boris Johnson where he said the Government 'owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down
Now it has come to light that the former Health Secretary told his wife, Martha, that he would be leaving her on Thursday night - immediately after discovering that his affair with Gina Coladangelo was about to be laid bare
Images and video showed Mr Hancock in an embrace with aide Ms Coladangelo last month, and the Health Secretary was facing increasing pressure to quit over the breaking of social-distancing rules
Friends said tonight the pair had been seeing each other for around six weeks, but were a 'love match
In a video announcing he resignation Mr Hancock said: 'The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis
'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
He will be replaced by former chancellor and home secretary Sajid Javid, it has been announced