Matt Hancock‘s osteopath wife Martha was photographed still wearing her wedding ring outside her home today as her husband remained at the centre of a cheating scandal.
Mrs Hancock, 44, got into a car outside the couple’s house in North London as claims emerged of an alleged affair between the Health Secretary and his closest aide, taxpayer-funded advisor Gina Coladangelo, 43.
The cabinet minister’s wife looked sad and upset and wore dark sunglasses as she got into a car – but didn’t speak to reporters about the accusations against her husband this morning. She returned home a few hours later walking the family dog along the pavement.
Mr Hancock, 42, was nowhere to be seen today as his wife went about her business – while still wearing her wedding ring. The couple’s most-recent outing was at the England vs Scotland Euro 2020 match at Wembley a week ago.
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 Little Thurlow, West Suffolk, the constituency he represents.
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.
Matt Hancock ‘s osteopath wife Martha was photographed leaving home this morning as her husband was at the centre of a cheating scandal
Mrs Hancock was seen wearing her wedding ring as she left home this morning while clutching her phone and car keys
Mrs Hancock, an osteopath, got into a car outside their property in North London this morning
She returned home a few hours later walking the family dog along the pavement while wearing dark sunglasses (pictured)
Matt Hancock and his wife Martha spotted out in London on June 1. The couple had lunch in Exmouth market in the city
The Health Secretary, 42, has been seen having a passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo (pictured here with Matt Hancock outside Downing Street on May 1), according to The Sun
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.
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.
Mrs Hancock married Mr Hancock in 2006
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.’
The Hancocks have kept their family life private, with Mrs Hancock pictured by her husband’s side on only a few occasions such as music awards events.
These included the NME Awards at Brixton Academy in South London in 2018 and the Brit Awards at The O2 one year earlier.
In an interview with the Financial Times in 2014, Mr Hancock revealed he spends the week in London and weekend in Newmarket.
He told the newspaper his ‘work-life balance is a challenge’, adding: ‘I pay a lot of attention to timetabling.
‘Both my professional and social and family time gets booked up a long way in advance and then you have to be strict about it.’
Mr Hancock was born in Chester where he went to the exclusive private school the King’s School.
He did his A-levels in maths, physics, computing and economics before doing computing at West Cheshire College.
Like numerous Conservative MPs before him, he studied PPE at Exeter College, Oxford – where he graduated with a first.
It was at the elite university that he realised he had dyslexia, which he only opened up about in recent years.
He later did an MPhil in economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, before turning to politics in 1999 when he joined the Tories.
Mrs Hancock (pictured this morning) works as an osteopath and is believed to practice at a clinic in Notting Hill, West London
The Health Secretary today fights for his job after he was accused of having an affair with his closest aide when CCTV emerged showing them kissing intensely in the corridor outside his Whitehall office before he said it was safe for the public to hug. Pictured: Mr Hancock with his wife Martha
But before becoming an MP, Mr Hancock trained as a jockey. He won a race in his constituency town of Newmarket in 2012.
The Health Secretary was today accused of having an affair with his closest aide when CCTV emerged showing them kissing intensely in the corridor outside his Whitehall office before he said it was safe for the public to hug.
He today ran for cover and cancelled a public appearance at a vaccine centre as he fought for his job.
No 10 is said to be holding crisis talks about his future but one source claimed that Mr Hancock still hopes to survive.
Downing Street is yet to comment as some questioned whether Boris Johnson will sack his Health Secretary given his own chequered love life, especially his alleged four-year affair with American pole-dancing businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, who he employed as an advisor while Mayor of London.
Mr and Mrs Hancock are seen in 2010 when he was Conservative candidate for West Suffolk
Mr and Mrs Hancock are rarely seen in public together, but were photographed at Wembley Stadium in a corporate area for the England v Scotland match at Euro 2020 last Friday
Mr Hancock and his wife Martha attend the NME Awards at Brixton Academy, London, in 2018
Mr and Mrs Hancock attend a summer drinks reception at Milbank Tower in June 2019
The Health Secretary was caught on camera in a passionate clinch with his hand rubbing the back and bottom of millionaire lobbyist Mrs Coladangelo, 43, who was brought in as a taxpayer-funded advisor in March last year.
The incident is alleged to have taken place in the corridor outside his office at the Department for Health’s headquarters in central London at around 3pm on May 6 this year – the day of the UK local elections and a week after his first coronavirus jab.
The kiss was also 13 days before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission to hug.
Mr Hancock is said to have checked the corridor is clear before closing the door, leaning on it to stop it opening before launching into their passionate embrace.
The Sun claims they have been having an affair that has been the talk of the department – but it is not known if they remain in a relationship that was a secret until today.
Communications director and lobbyist Mrs Coladangelo is a mother-of-three, whose husband Oliver Tress is the founder of clothing shop Oliver Bonas. The shutters were closed at their £4.5million South London home this morning.
She has been working as an advisor for Mr Hancock with one source saying: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina’.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for the Health Secretary. A friend of Mr Hancock’s reportedly told The Sun they had ‘no comment’ on the matter, but that ‘no rules’ had been breached.
Mr Hancock and his wife at the Brit Awards in London in 2017, in a picture posed on Instagram
But a Whitehall whistleblower who leaked the footage and reportedly no longer works for the department, told the newspaper it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic with an adviser and friend he used public money to hire’.
The alleged affair piles even more pressure on Mr Hancock, who was already reportedly battling for his job over his handling of the pandemic Dominic Cummings released WhatsApp messages from the PM that showed Mr Johnson branded him ‘f***ing useless’.
Aside from the serious allegations of an affair, there will also be questions to answer about kissing someone outside his bubble during the pandemic and whether this breaches any of the Covid rules he has helped create.
Mr Hancock, who is yet to comment, has cancelled an event in his West Suffolk constituency this morning where he would have faced questions over the affair and whether he can keep his job. He also deleted an Instagram post from last night where he said he ‘works with some brilliant women’.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said today it was an ‘entirely personal’ matter for his cabinet colleague. He told LBC radio: ‘I have seen the photo but, as ever with private matters, I always try to avoid commenting on other people’s personal lives and I think I’ll stick with that tradition here.’
Asked whether the Health Secretary should have been ‘ignoring social distancing’, Mr Shapps replied: ‘I’m quite sure that whatever the rules were at the time were followed. You’ll recall that there was a point at which social distancing rules were changed but, as I say, I don’t want to comment on somebody else’s private life – that is for them.’
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said he would not be commenting on an ‘entirely personal’ matter after pictures were published allegedly depicting his married Cabinet colleague Matt Hancock in an embrace with his closest aide.
Mr Shapps told Sky News that former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo – who the Health Secretary met at university – would have gone through an ‘incredibly rigorous’ process to get the job.
Mrs Coladangelo (pictured here with husband Oliver Tress – the founder of the Oliver Bonas clothing chain), who is a director and shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon
Matt Hancock smiles and laughs at his alleged lover as they leave the BBC after appearing on the Marr show in June
Asked about the rules around appointing friends to Government positions, Mr Shapps said: ‘First of all, I think the actual issue is entirely personal for Matt Hancock.
‘In terms of rules, anyone who has been appointed has to go through an incredibly rigorous process in Government, so whatever the rules are, the rules will have to be followed.
‘There are no short cuts to that, as anyone who has had anything to do with the appointments system in the Civil Service knows.
‘There are very strict rules in place.’
Labour said the Government needs to answer whether the Health Secretary had broken any rules or there had been ‘conflicts of interest’ in the appointment of his closest adviser.
It follows reports that Matt Hancock has been having a relationship with a senior aide whom he first met when they were at Oxford University.
An Opposition party spokesman said: ‘Ministers, like everyone, are entitled to a private life.
‘However, when taxpayers’ money is involved or jobs are being offered to close friends who are in a personal relationship with a minister, then that needs to be looked into.
‘The Government needs to be open and transparent about whether there are any conflicts of interests or rules that have been broken.’
It comes after photographs appearing to show Mr Hancock kissing Mrs Coladangelo were published in the paper.
In the pictures, which appear to be from CCTV footage, Mr Hancock also appears to have his hand on the woman’s backside.
Meanwhile, a source told the Sun that it was ‘shocking that Mr Hancock was having an affair in the middle of a pandemic’.
Gina Coladangelo (Left) with Health secretary Matt Hancock at BBC Broadcasting House in central London where the Health Secretary appeared on The Andrew Marr show in early June
According to paper, the incident took place around 3pm on May 6, on the day of the local elections.
But the whistleblower told the Sun that they have been caught having ‘regular clinches together’.
The source told the paper: ‘It has also shocked people because he put her in such an important, publicly-funded role and this is what they get up to in office hours when everyone else is working hard.’
Mrs Coladangelo, who is a director and shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, was appointed to the Department of Health as an unpaid adviser in March last year.
Mrs Coladangelo was appointed as a non-executive director at the department in September, meaning she is a member of the board.
She can claim up to £15,000 in taxpayers’ money in the role, though there is no public record of her appointment.
Mrs Coladangelo has had a parliamentary pass, which gives her access to Westminster, since April.
The reports of the alleged affair come just weeks after Hancock was pictured enjoying lunch out with wife Martha – the granddaughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra – in London.
The pair were seen waiting for a taxi after eating at Exmouth market in the capital.
Earlier this year, the father-of-three, who has two son and a daughter, was seen playing rugby in the park with his boys.
The affair claims come just a day after the Queen expressed her sympathy for the under fire Health Secretary, referring to him as ‘poor man’.
The Monarch, 96, made the comment as she welcomed Boris Johnson back to Buckingham Palace for her first in-person weekly audience with the Prime Minister since March last year.
The monarch told Mr Johnson it was ‘very nice to see you again’ and the premier replied: ‘Lovely to see you again. It has been 15 months…’
The Queen then said: ‘Has it really? It is most extraordinary, isn’t it? I have just been talking to your Secretary of State for Health, poor man, he came to the privy council. He is full of…’
Last night, Mr Hancock, prior to the publication of the Sun exclusive, posted an Instagram story appealing for more women to ‘get involved in politics’. It was deleted this morning
Mr Johnson interrupted and suggested ‘full of beans’ as the Queen then continued: ‘He thinks that things are getting better.’
Mr Johnson replied: ‘Well, they are…’
The expression of sympathy from the monarch comes after Mr Hancock found himself at the centre of a political firestorm after Dominic Cummings published text messages from the PM in which Mr Johnson referred to the Cabinet minister as ‘totally f****** hopeless’.
The Health Secretary dismissed the significance of the bombshell messages from Mr Johnson.
Mr Hancock said the communications, sent during the height of the coronavirus crisis last year, represented ‘ancient history’.
He said that ‘at times of stress people say all sorts of things in private’ but ‘what matters most is how well you work together’.
The Cabinet Minister also said he is not embarrassed by Mr Johnson’s apparent assessment of his performance.
Mr Cummings, the PM’s former chief aide, stepped up his war with Number 10 last week when he published a number of messages sent to him by Mr Johnson.
In one exchange from March 27 last year, Mr Cummings criticised the Health Secretary over the failure to ramp up testing, with Mr Johnson replying: ‘Totally f****** hopeless.’
Another from the same day saw Mr Cummings complain that the Department of Health had been turning down ventilators because ‘the price has been marked up’. Mr Johnson said: ‘It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.’
On April 27, Mr Johnson apparently messaged Mr Cummings to say that PPE procurement was a ‘disaster’, suggesting that responsibility should be taken away from the Health Secretary.
‘I can’t think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on,’ the PM said.
Mr Hancock was asked last week, during an interview with the BBC Breakfast programme, how he felt about the PM describing him as ‘hopeless’.
He said: ‘Honestly? It feels like ancient history, right? The vaccine programme is a huge success.
‘At times of stress people say all sorts of things in private. What matters is how well you work together.
‘You are referring to comments apparently from the Prime Minister. I work with the Prime Minister every single day.
‘We work very strongly together, firstly to protect life and secondly to get the country out of this. That is what matters.’
Told that it must be embarrassing for him to know Mr Johnson had said such things, Mr Hancock replied: ‘No, it isn’t really because of all the things we have delivered together.’
‘We are here talking about the success of the vaccine programme, right? That is something that I very much led from the department, working with the Prime Minister.
Matt Hancock’s glamorous mother-of-three ‘lover’ Gina Coladangelo, 43, is married to the millionaire behind Oliver Bonas and boasts a string of celebrity friends
By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline
Gina Coladangelo works for the company her spouse Oliver Tress founded – while also being Mr Hancock’s closest aide. The mother of three, 43, is a major shareholder – as well as director – of the lobbying firm Luther Pendragon.
Mrs Coladangelo, who lives with her husband and their three children in South West London, appointment to the Department of Health in March 2020 by Mr Hancock sparked uproar due to her outside interests.
Mr Hancock and Mrs Coladangelo, who it was revealed last night have allegedly been having an affair, first met at Oxford University while working on student radio together.
She studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at Oxford between 1995 and 1998, the same as Mr Hancock.
Despite them knowing each other and apparently maintaining their friendship, Mr Hancock married Martha Millar in 2006, with whom he now has three children.
MailOnline can also reveal today that Mrs Hancock and Mrs Coladangelo are friends on Facebook.
Mrs Coladangelo has been spotted leaving Downing Street with the Health Secretary on a number of occasions. A source told the Sunday Times last year: ‘Before Matt does anything big, he’ll speak to Gina. She knows everything.’
But her new role was not made public despite her getting access to £15,000 from the taxpayer.
Gina Coladangelo works for the company her husband Oliver Tress (pictured together in 2014) founded – while also being Mr Hancock’s closest aide
Gina Coladangelo and illustrator Aysha Awwad at the V&A Summer Party at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2019
While working as Head of Marketing at Oliver Bonas, Mrs Coladangelo (pictured right) contributed to a post on International Women’s Day
Ms Coladangelo, left, with TV presenter Jenni Falconer, right
She was an unpaid adviser for Mr Hancock but claims of ‘chumocracy’ emerged in November when it was revealed she was attending confidential meetings.
Mrs Coladangelo was made a non-executive director at the Department for Health in September. She shows off the role on her LinkedIn page and has to ‘oversee and monitor performance’.
Mrs Coladangelo is pictured in her LinkedIn profile photo
She says: ‘I have over twenty years’ experience in business management and marketing and communications, with a focus on retail, healthcare, the third sector and energy.
‘Marketing expertise across media relations, consumer campaigns, social media, digital strategy, strategic collaborations, internal communications, issues management and public affairs.’
But her new role was not made public despite her getting access to £15,000 from the taxpayer.
While working as Head of Marketing at Oliver Bonas, Mrs Coladangelo contributed to a post on International Women’s Day.
She wrote: ‘You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Decide what you want and don’t want – and stick to it. It is up to you to live a life you love.’
Mrs Coladangelo has access to the Houses of Parliament due to gaining a pass in April and is also said to be bound by the Official Secrets Act.
Gina Coladangelo and her husband Oliver Tress live in this property in Wandsworth, South West London
Mrs Coladangelo shows off the role on her LinkedIn page and has to ‘oversee and monitor performance’
Matt Hancock arrives at the BBC studios in London with his senior aide Gina Coladangelo in July last year
The pass reportedly has her husband’s surname on it, but she does not use it for her work. House of Lords peer Lord Bethell sponsored her for the pass.
Away from work, Mrs Coladangelo has three children. In 2012 she told how she had returned to work while being a mother
Away from work, Mrs Coladangelo has three children. In 2012 she told the Daily Mail how she had returned to work while being a mother.
She paid for a live-in nanny at their home in south-west London and worked flexible hours.
Mrs Coladangelo said: ‘I don’t worry about my children being closer to their nanny, because I spend as much time as I can with them.
‘I would never dream of telling other mothers what to do with their lives. Every woman has to make her own choice.
‘But I feel very fortunate in my education and believe those years shouldn’t be wasted. I want to work to give something back.’
Her husband Oliver gave an interview to the Financial Times in November 2015 and spoke about their house. He said: ‘Our indulgence was moving to a bigger home in Wandsworth in September (2015).
‘We barely had a garden in Clapham, but the new house has a bigger garden and more space downstairs.
Gina Coladangelo works for the company her husband Oliver Tress (pictured together several years ago) founded – while also being Mr Hancock’s closest aid
Matt Hancock with his aide Gina Coladangelo leaving the BBC studios after appearing on The Andrew Marr Show earlier this month
Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson meets Oliver Tress while visiting an Oliver Bonas store in November 2015
‘We might be able to build an extension. The mortgage will still be pretty considerable, as retail businesses are not necessarily throwing up a lot of cash. I am not a tycoon.’
Mr Bonas opened his first store on London’s Fulham Road in 1993 with handbags and jewellery he had brought from Hong Kong where his parents lived.
Speaking to the Independent in September 2015, he said: ‘I’d been bringing presents back for friends and they were really popular so I thought, ‘I wonder if I can make a go of this?’ And to my amazement it just worked.’ Bonas was the surname of his then girlfriend Anna Bonas, who is the cousin of Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas, and he told how ‘she very kindly hasn’t demanded that I changed it’.