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 have claimed.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
‘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.
CCTV at Matt Hancock’s office ‘was no secret’, MP says
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’.
‘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.
A statement from 10 Downing Street said: ‘The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.’
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.
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’.
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