MATT Hancock is living apart from lover Gina Coladangelo but the pair plan to build their relationship in private, it has been reported.
The former Health Secretary, who resigned in June after The Sun exposed his affair with his aide, is said to be considering how to present the relationship to the public.
Hancock was caught snogging Dangelo in his office at the Department of Health[/caption]
Hancock was caught snogging Coladangelo in his office at the Department of Health – prompting his resignation and the end of his 15-year marriage.
CCTV images taken on May 6 showed them in a steamy clinch at work – in breach of social distancing rules in place at the time.
Hancock and Coladangelo, who has three children with her husband Oliver Tress, both left their spouses after their illicit liaison was uncovered.
On Thursday, Hancock was pictured collecting his belongings from his marital home in London.
The dad-of-three was seen collecting a bin bag with his clothes as well as suitcases and a coffee machine.
‘STILL VERY MUCH TOGETHER’
A friend told the Mail on Sunday: “He is still very much together with Gina, but they are physically apart because of the intense media interest.”
The couple are also considering making a public appearance for pictures together in a bid to defuse the situation – as long as they are left in peace afterwards, the Mail reported.
They are also said to be conscious of the interests of their six children from their two marriages when making decisions about how to present their relationship.
Last week, it was reported that Hancock could face deselection in his West Suffolk constituency and lose his seat in the Commons over the fury caused by his affair.
Councillors in Newmarket passed a vote of no confidence in Hancock, with mayor Michael Jefferys passing a motion which claimed he had “neglected the best interests of his constituents”.
Mr Jefferys said he has been “dismayed” at Hancock’s performance as an MP and as health secretary, adding: “For someone in such a responsible position to then behave in the way that he has is for me the last straw.”
The former Cabinet minister has not been seen in Parliament since his affair was exposed.
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.
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She is the marketing and communications director at popular British retailer Oliver Bonas, which was founded by her husband Oliver Tress.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she had been working as a non-executive director at the Department of Health since September 2020.