Former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid to replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary

Downing Street has announced that Home Secretary Sajid Javid will replace Matt Hancock following his resignation as Health Secretary.

By Georgina Cutler
Saturday, 26th June 2021, 8:08 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th June 2021, 8:14 pm
File photo dated 26/02/2020 of former chanchellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid who has been appointed as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care following the resignation of Matt Hancock. Issue date: Saturday June 26, 2021.

No 10 have confirmed that former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid will replace Matt Hancock as Health Secretary.

Mr Hancock’s resignation comes after a video, which was released on Friday, June 25, appeared to show the Health Secretary kissing aide Gina Coladangelo.

Pictures published in The Sun newspaper also showed Mr Hancock in an embrace with Mrs Coladangelo last month.

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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.”

On Saturday Conservative MPs began to break ranks to call for Mr Hancock to go.

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