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Matt Hancock aide packs bags and flees marital home over CCTV of alleged affair

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An aide to Health Secretary Matt Hancock who was caught on film sharing a steamy snog with the minister has been photographed packing her car and leaving her family home.

43-year-old Gina Coladangelo was spotted piling bags into the boot of her car before leaving the £3.6 million house she shares with her husband.

Ms Coladangelo was thrust into the public eye after racy CCTV images of her and Hancock embracing were revealed on Friday.

Now, the Sun has pictured the aide packing bags into her car, also assisted by her millionaire husband Oliver Tress, 54.

The aide was spotted leaving her family home hours after learning her affair with the health secretary would be exposed.

Her father Rino Coladangelo, a 70-year-old chief executive at international pharmaceutical firm Rephine, has also reportedly spoken with his daughter.

Mr Hancock is under major pressure over the encounter in Westminster, which was in breach of lockdown rules.

Public anger is also increasing as the Health Secretary hired Coladangelo using public money.

Families grieving loved ones lost to covid have said Mr Hancock keeping his job is a “slap in the face” for people who could see loved ones, many of whom even had to say goodbye via video link.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has also rejected demands to sack the health minister on Friday after he publicly admitted he had broken the government's rules on social distancing during the affair.

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Mr Hancock issued an apology after pictures and video emerged of him kissing Ms. Coladangelo in his office at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Ms Coladangelo was initially taken on on a six-month contract as an unpaid adviser in March last year, and was subsequently appointed as a non-executive director in the department.

In a statement, the Health Secretary 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."

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Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds has also blasted Mr Hancock over the affair, calling it "a blatant abuse of power and a clear conflict of interest”.

She added that his admission he had breached rules on social distancing also meant he should step down from his position.

"He set the rules. He admits he broke them. He has to go. If he won't resign, the PM should sack him," she said.

Despite Mr Johnson's defence of his minister, Labour has said it will pursue the matter further and will not allow the Government to "cover it up”.

A spokesperson said: ”Matt Hancock appears to have been caught breaking the laws he created while having a secret relationship with an aide he appointed to a taxpayer-funded job.”

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