Disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock appears to have breached Covid regulations once more – this time by forgetting to put on his mask inside a Tube station.
The ex-minister, 43, apologised after he was seen without a face masking whereas entering an underground station in London on Saturday.
He had been watching Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball on the O2 Arena in Greenwich – considered one of a variety of public appearances in latest weeks.
Mr Hancock was filmed in a steamy clinch with married aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in his Whitehall workplace in June – spelling each the top of his time as a minister, and his 15-year marriage to spouse Martha.
The notorious kiss broke social distancing tips, that he himself pushed for as Health Secretary, forcing him to step down.
And it now appears that Mr Hancock flouted the principles once more, regardless of his beforehand high-profile position in helping the administration of the nation’s pandemic response.
Disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock appears to have breached Covid regulations once more – this time by forgetting to put on his mask inside a Tube station
Mr Hancock had been watching Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball on the O2 Arena in Greenwich – considered one of a variety of public appearances in latest weeks
The ex-minister, 43, apologised after he was seen without a face masking whereas entering an underground station in London on Saturday
Mr Hancock was compelled to resign for breaching social distancing tips after he was proven in CCTV footage kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo inside his ministerial workplace
Mr Hancock was noticed in North Greenwich station at round 10:45pm on Saturday December 11, after the festive music bash – and without a mask.
MailOnline understands he attended the Capital gig together with his daughter, the place his selection of outfit – a turtleneck – set tongues wagging.
One annoyed onlooker, who requested not be named, caught the maskless Mr Hancock on video, on the backside of the escalators, earlier than he had reached the turnstiles.
They stated: ‘Everybody else within the station was sporting a mask – I feel that is why we took a double look.
‘We confronted him. He stated sorry and put one on. I do query if he would have if we hadn’t confronted him.’
According to Transport for London’s web site, it’s a situation of carriage for passengers to put on face coverings accurately over their mouth and nostril or they might be thrown off and threat a superb – beginning at £200 and rising up to £6,400.
Transport for London (TfL) guidelines state that masks should be worn for the ‘full length of journeys’ within the capital, together with ‘inside stations’.
On November 30, the usage of face coverings on public transport was reinstated into regulation as a part of more durable guidelines to curb rising Covid instances.
A spokesman for Mr Hancock advised MailOnline: ‘Matt was on his approach to the tube and put his mask on as he was making his approach into the tube station.
‘Matt is cautious to put on his mask on the tube, which he travels on a lot, and could be very sorry for not placing it on sooner on this case.’
The onlooker stated additionally they challenged Mr Hancock in regards to the latest revelations over Christmas events at No10 – however he refused to remark.
Mr Hancock misplaced his job earlier this yr when it emerged he and Gina Coladangelo had been seeing one another regardless of her being his £15,000-a-year aide and them breaking social distancing guidelines that he had himself created.
The Hancocks, who met whereas they had been each college students at Oxford University and married in 2006, had lived with their daughter, 14, and two sons, 13 and eight, in London and West Suffolk till earlier this yr when Mr Hancock’s affair was uncovered.
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The jaw-dropping footage was taken on May 6 – lower than a fortnight earlier than the Government relaxed security guidelines together with giving permission to hug.
The father-of-three ended his 15-year marriage to spouse Martha and has pursued a relationship Ms Coladangelo, a former college good friend who was additionally married with three kids.
The pair, who met whereas learning at Oxford University, have been pictured collectively at public gatherings for practically two years, with one picture relationship again to the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019.
In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Hancock stated ministers ‘owe it to individuals who have sacrificed a lot on this pandemic to be sincere when we have now allow them to down’.
Earlier this week Mr Hancock was pictured holding fingers with lover Gina on an early morning stroll simply days after he publicly apologised for the affair and admitted the notorious kiss was ‘a failure of management’.
The West Suffolk MP has made a number of media appearances in latest weeks, together with on ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ITV’s Peston.