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Gina Coladangelo’s neighbours tell of shock after ‘gorgeous’ aide is pictured kissing Health Secretary Matt Hancock

NEIGHBOURS of the cheating Health Secretary’s secret lover have today told of their shock, saying: “She is gorgeous, but Matt Hancock… really?”

Gina Coladangelo, 43, has been pictured passionately kissing Mr Hancock, 42, as the pair were caught in a brazen steamy clinch in Whitehall.

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Dad-of-three today admitted he “breached social distancing rules” – but failed to apologise to his wife of 15 years after his explosive affair was revealed by The Sun.

Gina, who is married to Oliver Bonas founder, Oliver Tress, is a millionaire mum-of-three who is a communications director at her husband’s company.

Locals living near her six bedroom townhouse in leafy Wandsworth, South West London, woke up to this shocking revelations this morning.

Residents said the property has a basement swimming pool and is worth "a lot more than £3.6million" which it is valued at by property website Zoopla.

A woman who lives on the same road described Gina as "gorgeous" but said: "Why Matt Hancock?" with a grimace.

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She also claimed Mrs Coladangelo's home, where she lives with her businessman husband Oliver Tress, is worth a lot more than £3.6million, adding: "It has a basement swimming pool".

After getting caught, Hancock refused to resign and instead said he "has let people down and is very sorry" as he faces calls to be sacked by Boris Johnson.

CCTV images published this morning showed him passionately kissing his aide - with the dad-of-three shamelessly asking for "privacy on this personal matter" just hours later.

And he admitted he had "broken social distancing rules" after lecturing the country on coronavirus regulations throughout the pandemic.

In his very short statement, in which he failed to apologise to his wife or acknowledge his behaviour, he said: "I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances.

"I have let people down and am very sorry.

"I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter."

Anneliese Dodds MP, chair of the Labour Party, said: "If Matt Hancock has been secretly having a relationship with an adviser in his office - who he personally appointed to a taxpayer-funded role - it is a blatant abuse of power and a clear conflict of interest.

“The charge sheet against Matt Hancock includes wasting taxpayers’ money, leaving care homes exposed and now being accused of breaking his own COVID rules.

“His position is hopelessly untenable. Boris Johnson should sack him.”

The world woke up to the news that he cheated on his wife with Mrs Coladangelo, who he hired last year with taxpayers’ money, as Covid gripped Britain.

Mr Hancock and millionaire lobbyist Gina were caught on camera in a steamy clinch at his Whitehall office.

A Whitehall whistleblower told The Sun 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”.

Last night, a friend of the Health Secretary said: “He has no comment on personal matters. No rules have been broken.”

Mr Hancock was pictured embracing his aide. The image was from just after 3pm on May 6 — as the rest of Westminster was engrossed by the local elections.

At the time, Brits were under severe restrictions before measures were eased on May 17.

Single adults were essentially banned from having casual sex as people were not allowed to spend the night in different houses.

Hugs were also banned, as well as indoor pints and holidays.

Hancock now faces a tense showdown with Boris as he battles to keep his top job, with the Ministerial Code stressing that working relationships should be "proper and appropriate".

It says: "Working relationships, including with civil servants, and parliamentary staff should be proper and appropriate."

Labour's Anneliese Dodds says Boris Johnson must sack Matt Hancock for breaking Covid rules by snogging aide

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