Boris Johnson quizzed by Chris Bryant on Brexit and Hancock
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Matt Hancock quit after leaked CCTV footage showed him breaching social distancing rules by embracing Gina Coladangelo in his office. New Health Secretary Sajid Javid poked fun at his predecessor as he addressed a conference from the office in the Department of Health and Social Care. He said:”I hope my camera is on, is my camera on?” he asked as he dialled in to the conference.
The minister then added: “I mean, the one on my laptop, not the one in the ceiling.”
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said there is an investigation ongoing into CCTV cameras in ministerial offices because of security concerns.
Mr Gove said the placement of CCTV cameras was a matter for individual departments after the leak of the Department of Health footage.
He told the Commons: “It is the case that the permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office and the head of the Government Security Group are looking at precisely this question because… it has a bearing on the security of Government business and indeed the possibility of malicious actors abroad or elsewhere, who may wish to use information garnered in that way to work against the interests of all our citizens.”
It comes as health minister Lord Bethell is formally under investigation over a complaint that he sponsored a parliamentary pass for the aide Matt Hancock was caught kissing on leaked CCTV.
The Lords Commissioner for Standards confirmed on Tuesday that the Tory peer was being investigated over his “use of facilities” in relation to Gina Coladangelo.
Mr Hancock’s embrace with the former adviser ultimately cost him his Government job after it was revealed the pair breached coronavirus guidance.
The long-term friend of Mr Hancock was brought into the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) first as an unpaid adviser before getting the £15,000-a-year director role in September.
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