Matt Hancock‘s humiliated wife was spotted wearing her wedding ring this morning after her disgraced husband of 15 years resigned over an affair with his Department of Health aide.
Martha Hancock, 44, was pictured wearing the ring outside the pair’s home in north London while on a walk with her dog and her son.
It comes after her husband, 42, stood down from his role as Health Secretary after leaked CCTV footage surfaced of him locking lips and fondling married mother-of-three Gina Coladangelo, 43.
Mother-of-three Martha was reportedly blissfully unaware of her husband’s infidelity until he broke the news to her on Thursday night when it became clear the footage would be published the next day.
And he reportedly even woke up the couple’s youngest child, aged eight, to tell him he was leaving.
Martha Hancock, 44, was pictured wearing the ring this morning outside the pair’s home in north London while on a walk with her dog and her son
It comes after her husband, 42, stood down from his role as Health Secretary after leaked CCTV footage surfaced of him locking lips and fondling married mother-of-three Gina Coladangelo, 43
It comes after Hancock failed to mention his wife in his apology statement, in which he did not deny claims of a secret long-term affair with Mrs Coladangelo.
He only said he had ‘let people down’ and wanted ‘privacy for my family on this personal matter’.
The kiss is purported to have happened 13 days before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission to hug.
The Hancocks – who met while they were both students at Oxford University – split their time between London and West Suffolk, the constituency he represents.
And locals hit out at the hypocrisy of married Mr Hancock being caught in a steamy clinch with Mrs Coladangelo.
The pair’s kissing session was caught on CCTV a year to the day after Hancock went on TV to denounce an epidemiologist for having an affair and breaking lockdown rules.
Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist who helped to shape the government’s response to coronavirus and instigate a lockdown, was caught last year having an affair and breaking social-distancing rules he had helped to create – in a similar manner to Hancock.
An ally who was set to defend Matt Hancock on the radio failed to turn up and was ‘not answering his phone’ in fresh embarrassment for the beleaguered Health Secretary. Pictured: This is the image that has left Matt Hancock fighting for his job that appears to show him kissing his millionaire aide – who is on the public payroll – in the corridor outside his office in May this year
Mother-of-three Martha was reportedly blissfully unaware of her husband’s infidelity until he broke the news to her on Thursday night when it became clear the footage would be published the next day
And Hancock told Sky News: ‘I back the police here. They will take their decisions independently from ministers, that’s quite right, it’s always been like that.
‘So I give them their space to make that decision, but I think he took the right decision to resign.’
One woman told MailOnline: ‘He was quick to criticise Professor Neil Ferguson when it emerged that he had been seeing a mistress during lockdown.
‘More than anything, though, I feel sorry for his wife. This is going to lose him a lot of trust and it couldn’t have come at a worse time – so soon after details emerged of him being branded ‘hopeless’ by Boris Johnson.
‘I really think his job is now very much under threat.’
Mr Hancock met his future wife Martha Hoyer Millar while they were both students at Oxford University in the late 1990s, and they now have three children together.
Now Martha Hancock, they married in 2006 and live with their daughter, 14, and two sons, 13 and eight, in London and West Suffolk.
Matt Hancock (circled) and his future ‘lover’ Gina Coladangelo (far right) are pictured at the launch of a student radio station in a newly unearthed photo – taken before the future aide became his ‘closest friend’
Mrs Hancock is friends on Facebook with Mrs Coladangelo, with the latter liking pictures of the Hancock children shared by the osteopath.
Mrs Coladangelo attended university with the Health Secretary and his then-future wife, with the aide working on student radio with Mr Hancock. She also did the same degree as him.
Mrs Hancock works as an osteopath and is believed to practice at a clinic in Notting Hill, West London.
She is the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – a British diplomat and Ambassador to West Germany.
Mrs Hancock is also the great granddaughter of the 1st Viscount Camrose, a Welsh newspaper publisher.
Her father, Alastair Millar, was Secretary of The Pilgrim Trust between 1980 and 1996.
The trust is responsible for supplying grants, predominately to preservation projects for historically significant buildings or artifacts. Nowadays, around £2million is divvied out by the trust each year.
Mrs Hancock married Mr Hancock in 2006
The Hancocks do not let their children have social media, but Mr Hancock has been seen playing rugby with the boys in London parks during the pandemic.
When their third child was born in 2013, Mr Hancock did not get two weeks of paternity leave immediately.
But he later took a two-month break, including the MPs’ extended summer recess.
He said at the time: ‘I am taking paternity leave myself. It’s important to form a strong bond with your children.’
Hancock and Coladangelo became friends at Oxford and have been close ever since.
‘They are in love,’ a close friend of Mr Hancock said last night, adding: ‘It is serious.’ But the friend’s insistence that the affair ‘all began in May’ might not be so readily believed.
Coladangelo was also spotted packing her bags and leaving the £4million townhouse in Wandsworth, South West London, that she shared with her husband of 12 years – Oliver Bonas tycoon Oliver Tress, 54.
As well as her health department aide job, Coladangelo was head of marketing at her husband’s company and director of Luther Pendragon, which promises clients a ‘deep understanding of the mechanics of government’.
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 on Saturday night the pair had been seeing each other for around six weeks, but were a ‘love match’.
Coladangelo studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford’s Exeter College alongside Hancock between 1995 and 1998.
She is married to dashing millionaire entrepreneur Oliver Tress, 54, who went to Kate Middleton’s school, Marlborough College, and founded the High Street fashion and lifestyle chain Oliver Bonas
Friends have said the pair were ‘inseparable’ while they working on the university’s student radio station Oxygen FM.
A Tory source said the pair had become inseparable recently, adding: ‘They always appeared to be incredibly close. Her status was always slightly mysterious but she went everywhere with him. She was in every meeting.’
And it has emerged that Coladangelo should have declared her relationship with Hancock.
Critics have said she has broken integral guidelines of her role created in the 1990s including integrity, objectivity, honesty and openness, according to The Sun.
Labour MP John Spellar told the publication: ‘There should be transparency at all times. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
‘This is part of a pattern of cronyism over competence. How many more jobs for chums are out there in the system?’
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.
Gina Coladangelo pictured with Matt Hancock at the BBC Broadcasting House in central London in June this year. The ex-Health Secretary and his aide are said to be a ‘love match’
‘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.
In response to his resignation, the Prime Minister wrote: ‘You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us.’
Mr Hancock also said in a video posted to Twitter: ‘I’ve been to see the Prime Minister to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made – that you have made. And those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign.
‘I want to thank people for their incredible sacrifices and what they’ve done. Everybody working in the NHS, across social care. Everyone involved in the vaccine programme. And frankly everybody in this country who has risen to the challenges that we’ve seen over this past 18 months.
Martha Hancock pictured arriving home today in London. She reportedly had no clue about the affair between Mr Hancock and his aide until she was told their marriage was over
‘I’m very proud of what we’ve done to protect the NHS and the peak, to deliver that vaccine rollout – one of the fastest in the world – and I look forward to supporting the government and the Prime Minister from the backbenches to make sure that we can get out of this pandemic.
‘We’re so close to the end – and then build back better so that this country can fulfil its potential – which is so great – and I will do that with all of my heart.’
Meanwhile, Mr Javid tweeted: ‘Honoured to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at this critical time.
‘I look forward to contributing to our fight against the pandemic, and serving my country from the Cabinet once again.’
Support for the 42-year-old Hancock was ebbing even in Downing Street, with one senior figure saying his conduct was ‘gross’ and describing the apology he offered yesterday as ‘pathetic’.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen earlier said: ‘It will all be down to public opinion – it’s the only thing No 10 cares about. They’re polling, focus-grouping all the time and if that starts showing the public want him out then he could be gone by Monday.’
Another Conservative MP said: ‘It’s getting like Animal Farm: all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.’
Sayeeda Warsi, a former Conservative Party chairman, attacked the failure to sack Mr Hancock, saying: ‘It’s a bad decision by Matt and a bad decision by the PM.
Matt and Martha seen attending the VO5 NME Awards 2018 at London’s O2 Brixton Academy
‘He’s got a huge amount of questions to answer in relation to Covid contracts, access to parliament, giving out jobs. Is there anything anybody could do any more which would make them resign?’
It came as newly emerged footage appears to show Mr Hancock checking the corridor is clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before the pair launch into their passionate embrace.
Matt Hancock’s resignation letter in full
Dear Prime Minister
I am writing to resign as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We have worked so hard as a country to fight the pandemic. 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 be with my children at this time.
We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.
The NHS is the best gift a nation has ever given itself, and the dedication and courage of the NHS staff and the ceaseless work of the officials in the Department is something we should all be proud of. We didn’t get every decision right but I know people understand how hard it is to deal with the unknown, making the difficult trade-offs between freedom, prosperity and health that we have faced. I am so proud that Britain avoided the catastrophe of an overwhelmed NHS and that through foresight and brilliant science we have led the world in the vaccination effort, so we stand on the brink of a return to normality.
The reforms we have started in the health system will ensure it continues to provide even better care for people in years to come. We are building a better NHS which makes smarter use of technology and data, forming a new UK Health Security Agency, delivering positive changes to mental health care and will fix the problems in social care once and for all.
Many times I stood at the podium in Downing Street and thanked the team – my own team, the NHS, the volunteers, the Armed Services, our pharmacists GPS, the pharmaceutical industry and the whole British public who have made such sacrifices to help others. Those thanks are heartfelt and sincere and so I must resign.
It has been the honour of my life to serve in your Cabinet as Secretary of State and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. I will of course continue to support you in whatever way I can from the back benches, and I would like to thank you for your unwavering support, your leadership and your optimism, particularly as we worked together to overcome this awful disease.