Matt Hancock’s mistress has left her millionaire husband and is determined to ‘make a go’ of her relationship with the disgraced former Health Secretary, friends claimed today.
Gina Coladangelo, 43, stepped down from her Health Department director role hours after Mr Hancock himself resigned over pictures of them in a passionate embrace in his Whitehall office.
Mr Hancock, 42, had also ended his marriage to wife Martha after 15 years shortly before the revelations were made public and is now understood to be living with his lover.
It has now been reported by The Sun that Mrs Coladangelo, 43, has split with her husband Oliver Tress after her affair was exposed.
As Mr Hancock and his lover look to move in together, it also emerged today:
- Matt Hancock’s lover Gina Coladangelo posted ‘The longer the wait the sweeter the kiss’ and pondered: ‘I’d rather die of passion than boredom’ on her Pinterest page;
- Ministers face probe over private emails: Data protection watchdog is set to launch inquiry into use of personal accounts by ministers in the wake of Matt Hancock scandal;
- Disgraced former Health Secretary ‘must be the stupidest man on Earth’ if he knew about the camera and still canoodled with his lover in full view of CCTV, MP says;
- More than a dozen Conservative donors, peers, friends and former aides have been handed top jobs overseeing Whitehall departments as non-executive director – with Miss Coladangelo a prime example;
Matt Hancock’s mistress Gina Coladangelo has left her millionaire husband Oliver Tress (pictured together) and is determined to ‘make a go’ of her relationship with disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock
Mr Hancock, 42, had also ended his marriage to wife Martha after 15 years shortly before the revelations were made public and is now understood to be living with his lover
Gina Coladangelo stepped down from her Health Department director role hours after Mr Hancock himself resigned over pictures of them in a passionate embrace in his Whitehall office
The key questions Matt Hancock still has to answer about his affair
What was he using his private Gmail address for at work?
Former health secretary Matt Hancock used a private Gmail account and whether it was used to help conduct his affair in work time.
According to The Sunday Times, Department of Health officials had complained that he ‘only’ deals with his private office ‘via Gmail account’. However sources insist he has had a departmental email address since he became Health Secretary in 2018.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said there must be ‘full transparency’ and a ‘full investigation’.
She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘I’ve written to ensure that there is an investigation into ministers using private emails to conduct official Government business in secret, agreeing contracts in private etc.’
She added: ‘We need full transparency on this and a full investigation.’
Will he take his £16,000 pay-off from the taxpayer?
There were calls last night for Mr Hancock to be stripped of his £16,000 severance pay.
The payment is standard to ministers in whatever circumstances they leave their role.
Mr Hancock is said to be weighing whether to take it.
Labour housing spokesman Lucy Powell told Sky’s Trevor Phillips On Sunday that people would be ‘appalled to think that there’s going to be a severance payment to Matt Hancock in this circumstance’. She added: ‘We will certainly be calling that out and asking the Prime Minister not to give him that.’
Did he share a bed with his aide at the G7 summit?
Matt Hancock is facing fresh questions into whether he pursued his affair with his aide at public expense.
The disgraced former Health Secretary is claimed to have taken mistress Gina Coladangelo, 43, to a G7 health summit in Oxford.
It is not known however if they remained together after the event, which involved a dinner and overnight stay in a luxury hotel in the city where they met as university students.
The meeting came four weeks after the now infamous clinch they shared in Mr Hancock’s ninth-floor departmental office.
According to The Sunday Times, it is understood Boris Johnson had no idea of claims his Health Secretary had invited married Mrs Coladangelo to Oxford for the events on June 3 and 4. But it is believed senior Government figures have now raised concerns that the pair pursued their extra-marital affair at a cost to the taxpayer.
How long was their affair going on?
Friends insisted the extramarital affair only began in May, the same month the pair were caught in the incriminating footage.
But others said the pair, who have known each other since university days when they met at Oxford, have raised eyebrows for some time.
Miss Coladangelo was confronted as long ago as 2019 by ministerial aides who asked outright if there was any romance between the pair, something the twice-married mother-of-three flatly denied.
Does Hancock know who was behind the leak?
The CCTV leak which led to Mr Hancock’s resignation as Health Secretary has sent shudders through Parliament as ministers demanded to know if there are cameras in their offices and whether security staff have access to audio which could reveal sensitive discussions about key issues posing a risk of national security.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said: ‘I do know that [the leak] is something the Department of Health will be taking forward as an internal investigation.’
He told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme it was ‘something we need to get to the bottom of’.
‘Quite rightly what happens in Government departments can be sensitive and important,’ he added.
Mr Lewis also told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that the investigatory team will be looking into the issue ‘across Government’.
Why did Misss Coladangelo get a Parliamentary pass?
Mr Hancock sponsored a Commons pass for Miss Coladangelo between June 2019 and February 2020, but it is not known in what capacity she was working for him or if he declared their friendship. Last September, she was made one of just four non-executive directors in the Department of Health.
And The Times has reported she had a new Parliamentary pass sponsored by junior health minister Lord Bethell – but she never worked for him.
Sources have said the millionaire Oliver Bonas founder has been left ‘devastated’ by the affair and her departure from their 12-year marriage.
She was pictured leaving her £4.5million south west London home hours before pictures of their hallway tryst were exposed.
Husband Oliver however helped as she loaded packed bags into the back of her £70,000 Audi Q7. He did not leave with her.
Friends now say that Mr Hancock and Mrs Coladangelo are in love and want to ‘make a go’ of their new relationship.
A neighbour in Wandsworth, South West London, told the publication: ‘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.’
Sources had said on Saturday night – when Mr Hancock resigned – that the pair had been seeing each other for around six weeks, but were a ‘love match’.
The leaked CCTV footage of their tryst sparked a furious backlash among Tory MPs behind closed doors, while an awkward silence remained among ministers.
Mr Hancock initially clung on to his Health Secretary job, helped by the Prime Minister’s backing, but later resigned under intense pressure from 80 MPs.
In a video announcing his 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.’
The Prime Minister said he was ‘sorry’ to receive Mr Hancock’s resignation as Health Secretary.
He said Mr Hancock ‘should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us’.
Boris Johnson added: ‘I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.’
Mr Johnson has since faced criticism for his decision to back Mr Hancock – with a spokesman even saying he ‘considered the matter closed’ – only for Mr Hancock to resign amid increasing pressure.
And yesterday he at one point even appeared to suggest he had sacked Mr Hancock but the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman then said the Cabinet minister had resigned.
Mr Johnson told broadcasters: ‘When I saw the story on Friday we had a new Secretary of State for Health in on Saturday.’
The comment ignited a war of words from Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s former adviser, who mocked Mr Johnson over the Health Secretary’s resignation.
Mr Cummings seized on the chaos as he labelled Mr Johnson ‘Trolley’ in a tweet in which he poked fun at the PM for seemingly changing his mind on the issue.
He also jibed that Mr Johnson had only seen sense on whether Mr Hancock should stay or go after he received ’89 texts per hour’ from his wife Carrie.
There were also questions yesterday about Mrs Coladangelo appointment after No10 said former health secretary Mr Hancock had personally handed her a role as a non-executive director (NED) for his department last September.
It remains unclear if their romance began before she was appointed to the department or if this was ever declared as a conflict of interest.
Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Fleur Anderson said: ‘The Government must publish all documents relating to the appointment of Gina Coladangelo.
‘The role of a non-executive director is to challenge and scrutinise the minister.
‘We need to know if the nature of their relationship was declared and whether the recruitment process was carried out in a fair and transparent way.’
But Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told Sky News: ‘Everything that I understand so far leads me to believe due process was followed in the appointment of this person and any declarations that should’ve been made were made.’
Sajid Javid, the former Chancellor, took over the role of Health Secretary, writing that he was ‘honoured to be serving my country from the Cabinet once again’.
Boris Johnson was yesterday accused of ‘rewriting history’ after he implied he sacked Matt Hancock over his affair despite initially refusing to fire the cheating Health Secretary when he was caught in a passionate embrace with an aide.
Mr Johnson’s claims ran contrary to No 10’s insistence, hours after CCTV footage of the clinch emerged on Thursday night, that Mr Johnson considered the ‘matter closed’ and had ‘full confidence’ in Mr Hancock, who would keep his job because he had said sorry.
But after 80 Tory MPs told No 10 he had to go after they were deluged with complaints, Mr Hancock gave a video statement on Saturday afternoon that he had quit after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing Gina Coladangelo against his office door.
In response Mr Johnson said he was ‘sorry to receive’ Hancock’s resignation.
And an extraordinary U-turn was completed on a campaign visit to Batley ahead of Thursday’s crucial by-election yesterday afternoon, where the PM suggested he had fired the Health Secretary and replaced him with Sajid Javid, adding that the Government’s ‘moral compass’ is intact.
No 10 sources said the Prime Minister (left today) had only agreed ‘reluctantly’ to accept his resignation. It came after fellow Cabinet ministers warned they were unwilling to support him in public after the PM insisted the matter was closed
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s wife Martha, a 44-year-old osteopath, was pictured outside her North London home on Sunday. She was said to have had no idea about her husband’s betrayal
The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair. The clinch took place around this corner (bottom right part of image). The camera in question can be seen on the ceiling (top right-hand corner)
After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media
The Hancocks, Gina Coladangelo and Oliver Tress: How they met and the affair that has torn them apart
Mr Hancock resigned as Health Secretary less than 48 hours after pictures emerged of him in a passionate embrace with Gina Coladangelo, pictured together above
- 1993: Oliver Tress opens the first Oliver Bonas store on London’s Fulham Road
- 1995: Matt Hancock starts studying PPE at the same time as Gina Coladangelo at Oxford University, where he also meets his future wife Martha Millar
- 1998: Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo graduate from Oxford, where they also worked on studio radio
- 2006: Matt Hancock marries Martha Millar
- 2002: Gina Coladangelo starts working at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, where she stays until 2014
- 2011: Oliver Tress and Gina Coladangelo are believed to have married around this year
- 2014: Gina Coladangelo starts working as marketing and communications director at Oliver Bonas
- 2018: Matt Hancock becomes Health Secretary
- 2020: Gina Coladangelo is hired by Matt Hancock as a non-executive director at the Department of Health. But she may have been advising him since 2019
- May 6, 2021: Colleagues kiss passionately in his Whitehall office
- June 3: Matt and Gina head to Oxford together for G7 health summit and may have stayed together
- June 25: The Sun reveals the affair after CCTV emerges of them kissing
- June 26: Matt Hancock resigns as Health Secretary and the new couple go to ground
When asked whether Hancock’s affair undermined the message about the country being ‘all in it together’, Mr Johnson said: ‘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.’ He added: ‘I think that’s about the right pace to proceed in a pandemic’.
Adding to the confusion over Mr Hancock’s exit, the Prime Minister’s spokesman later said Boris Johnson did not sack Matt Hancock as health secretary, or urge him to quit over the scandal, despite Mr Johnson’s implication he acted to remove him.
He said: ‘You can see that actions that the Prime Minister took. He felt it was the right decision to accept the former health secretary’s resignation, and we moved to accept a new health and social care secretary that day.’ When asked what had changed between Friday and Saturday he said: ‘They discussed it further the next day and he accepted the resignation.’
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner accused Mr Johnson of trying to take credit for the resignation having ignored calls to sack him immediately.
‘Boris Johnson is trying to rewrite history because he didn’t have the guts to sack Matt Hancock,’ Ms Rayner said.
‘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.’
Mr Johnson’s combustible former chief advisor Dominic Cummings seized on the confusion today accuse the PM’s wife Carrie of ordering the removal of Hancock and the appointment of her ‘friend’ Mr Javid after ’89 texts per hour’.
In a series of tweets where Mr Cummings referred to Boris as ‘The Trolley’ – a nickname he gave his former boss because he said in No 10 he was like ‘a shopping trolley smashing from one side of the aisle to the other’.
Giving a mock timetable of events Mr Cummings said: ‘Trolley Fri: Argh, accept apology I consider the matter closed Media/MP babble, 89 Carrie texts p/hour
‘Trolley Sat, SMASH: ‘Arghhh Matt go now you’ll be back better stronger shortly matey forward to victory!
‘Trolley Mon, CRASH: when I saw the story on Fri we had a new SoS on Sat’.
He added ‘Free top tip for Saj (Javid): there’s only thing ‘irreversible’ with the Trolley, only one line that is ever held thro crises, & all in No10 live by this rule: ‘no comment’ on PM’s private life. *Everything* else is ‘reversible’ & usually reversed’.
Mr Hancock was accused of ‘sh**ging on the taxpayer’ after it was revealed he took his mistress to the G7 summit and claims they may have started their affair a year ago with the shamed Tory who has abandoned his wife Martha and is said to have told friends: ‘He loves her and wants to be with her. It’s properly serious’.
The Health Secretary’s trip to a meeting of fellow ministers at Oxford University in early June included an overnight stay – but it is not known if his lover Gina Coladangelo shared his bed four weeks after their CCTV kiss against his office door.
But there are suspicions that they may have enjoyed a night away together in a luxury hotel after a day of working in the city where they met while studying more than 20 years ago. The summit was just 50 miles from his north London family home, which he shared with his wife of 15 years Martha, 44, and their three children – but Mr Hancock decided to have a night away on June 3.
One cabinet source told The Sunday Times: ‘She went with him to the G7 health ministers summit. Did he disclose this to the PM? If it was shown he was sh**ging on the taxpayer, he had to go. He’s been puritan-in-chief in the government and now it turns out he’s a massive, lying hypocrite’.
It came as rumours emerged that they may have been having a secret affair for more than a year. The millionaire lobbyist, 43, whose husband is the founder of Oliver Bonas, first started working for Mr Hancock since his failed leadership bid in 2019.
CCTV at Matt Hancock’s office ‘was no secret’, MP says
The door (to the left) is the same one as seen in the footage of Matt Hancock’s clinch
Matt Hancock has been accused of naivety as MPs were told that the camera which caught him kissing his aide was not a secret.
Cabinet Office minister Julia Lopez admitted the device was ‘not covert’, dismissing theories that a rogue member of staff or security guard had planted a recording device to capture the former health secretary’s affair with Gina Coladangelo.
Ministers’ offices are now being swept for bugs and hidden cameras.
Mrs Lopez told MPs that the camera in Mr Hancock’s office was an ‘outlier’ and that it was not general policy for recording devices to be put in ministerial offices.
But she confirmed it was a CCTV camera operated by the Department of Health, adding that responsibility for security was down to the department, which was led by Mr Hancock until his resignation.
The Mail understands that security arrangements had been outsourced to a private contractor.
But the House of Commons was told that ministers’ offices are regularly swept for bugs, with some dealing with important issues of national security being checked more often on a ‘risk-based assessment’.
Other sources said the ‘love match’ had featured intimate restaurant meals and a hotel stay during a summit.
Mr Hancock’s demise began late on Thursday afternoon. He had been in the House of Commons, defending his department’s controversial plans to share data on tens of millions of National Health Service patients with outside organisations.
After saying his piece and leaving, he received a call from The Sun newspaper at around 6pm, informing him that they had photos and video of him kissing his aide in his office, taken on May 6.
After saying as little as possible to the journalist, he returned to the London residence he shares with wife Martha, when they are not at their home in his Suffolk constituency, and their three children.
Mr Hancock is understood to have told her that the story was set to appear, about the photographs it contained and that their marriage was over.
He then woke their youngest son, who is just eight-years-old, to tell him too that he was going.
Family friends said yesterday it was a bombshell from nowhere for Martha. She had believed their marriage had been ‘happy and stable’, and reportedly had no suspicions over her Facebook friend, whom she had also met while at Oxford.
The Hancock family had enjoyed Christmas parties with Miss Coladangelo and her husband, a joint founder of the Oliver Bonas retail chain.
Miss Coladangelo was seen on Thursday evening, shortly after the newspaper’s phone call, outside the £4million mansion she shares with her husband and children. He was reportedly helping her load her car with belongings.
She is said to be lying low at a house in West Sussex and – on Friday as the scandal gathered pace – to have been ‘cheery’. On that day, despite the devastating headlines and an instant storm of calls for Mr Hancock to resign, both he and Downing Street insisted they were standing firm.
By late morning, Mr Hancock had finally conceded he may have behaved wrongly, apologising for breaching social distancing rules – but he insisted that he was staying in the job.
He and Miss Coladangelo had come a long way since they met on Oxford student radio station Oxygen FM in the late ’90s. She was the star of the show, presenting a politics programme, with many male admirers – while Mr Hancock, according to his fellow volunteers, was a lowly sports reporter.
Miss Coladangelo even told Radio 4 how when he was given a rare free ticket to commentate on a rugby match, he ended up oversleeping and failing to get to the stadium on time.
Instead, he watched the match on a pub television screen – but phoned his report in at half-time, pretending he had been at the game in person.
The lies and bluffing finally came to an end early on Saturday evening, when Mr Hancock visited the Prime Minister’s country residence Chequers then issued a video resigning his post. 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.’
There were calls last night for Mr Hancock to be stripped of his £16,000 severance pay. The payment is standard to ministers in whatever circumstances they leave their role.
Tory MPs also started to turn against Mr Hancock over the weekend as they were deluged with complaints from constituents about his conduct.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said the PM had made a misjudgment in initially trying to keep him in post.
‘Loyalty is normally a virtue,’ he said. ‘But it became clear within hours that Matt Hancock was losing the confidence of the public.
‘A lot of colleagues raised that with the Chief Whip and No 10 on Saturday morning. The moment he lost public confidence, how could he stand up and say people have to adhere to these rules when he had broken them himself?’ Mr Hancock quit on Saturday night, around 40 hours after CCTV pictures emerged of him in a passionate embrace in his office with glamourous married aide Gina Coladangelo.
In his resignation letter, which followed private talks in No 10 with the PM, he said he did not want to ‘distract attention’ from efforts to fight Covid.
In reply, Mr Johnson said he could be ‘very proud’ of his record during the pandemic.
No 10 sources said the Prime Minister had only agreed ‘reluctantly’ to accept his resignation.
Matt Hancock’s lover Gina Coladangelo posted ‘The longer the wait the sweeter the kiss’ on her Pinterest page
Matt Hancock’s lover left a string of relationship-related posts on her social media page that could allude to her love life.
Gina Coladangelo was caught in a passionate embrace with the disgraced former Health Secretary in his ninth-floor Whitehall office.
While the revelation shocked readers, rumours emerged that they may have been having a secret affair for more than a year.
Matt Hancock’s lover and former aide Gina Coladangelo left a string of relationship-related posts on her Pinterest social media page that could allude to her love life
Mrs Coladangelo used the social media platform’s ‘board pins’ to put up phrases such as ‘the longer the wait, the sweeter the kiss’
And in posts on her Pinterest account over the last two years, Mrs Coladangelo has shared messages relating to love and relationships.
She used the social media platform’s ‘board pins’ to put up phrases such as ‘the longer the wait, the sweeter the kiss’.
Another shared post gives the inspirational message: ‘It’s ironic how you feel most alive when your heart skips a few beats.’
And another message read: ‘I’d rather die of passion than boredom.’
The account has 91 posts with some dating back to 2019. Other messages cover topics such as family, work and happiness
Mr Hancock said sorry for breaking social distancing and asked for ‘privacy’ for his family
The account has 91 posts with some dating back to 2019. Other messages cover topics such as family, work and happiness.
People tend to use image-sharing site Pinterest to create online ‘mood boards’ as well for sharing photos of family and friends and even sharing cooking recipes.
One other note Mrs Coladangelo saved to her mood board reads: ‘People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’
She also shared a quote purported to be said by Vincent Van Gogh: ‘I would rather die of passion than boredom’.
People tend to use image-sharing site Pinterest to create online ‘mood boards’ as well for sharing photos of family and friends and even sharing cooking recipes