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This year
UK former health secretary Matt Hancock ‘profoundly sorry’ for deaths caused by Covid-19
Hancock was central to the UK’s government’s decision-making and messaging during the pandemic.
Oakeshott and Hancock: Betraying a confidential source damages journalism
University professor questions whether the actions of Isabel Oakeshott will put others off acting as sources or whistleblowers.
Leaked messages reveal Matt Hancock hit out at Sunak over ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Covid scheme
The messages reveal Hancock had serious concerns about the scheme designed to support restaurants, dubbing it the ‘eat out to help the virus get about’.
Leaked lockdown Whatsapp messages have landed Matt Hancock back in the spotlight - here's why
Hancock has described the leak as a “massive betrayal and breach of trust”.
Former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock donates 3% of his €365,000 I’m A Celebrity fee
Hancock’s team said he would be donating a portion of his appearance fee to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk.
Matt Hancock was paid £320,000 to appear on I’m A Celeb
The former UK health secretary’s fee was listed on the MP’s register of financial interests.
Last year
Covid campaigners send message to Matt Hancock in the 'I’m A Celebrity' jungle
The plane bearing a 35ft banner circled the Australian camp for two hours.
Poll: Do you watch I'm a Celeb?
Former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock was covered in slime in the jungle last night.
Matt Hancock ‘doesn’t expect to serve in Government again’ after I’m A Celebrity
The former UK health secretary says he has received a lot of support over his appearance on the programme.
Ex-UK health secretary Matt Hancock signs up for I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here
A fellow MP referred to Hancock as an ‘absolute prat’ after the news was announced
UK Government policies discharging Covid patients to care homes 'unlawful', High Court rules
The case was brought by two women whose fathers died from Covid-19.
All time
Investigators in England raid two homes over leaking of Matt Hancock CCTV
Hancock resigned from the Cabinet after footage showed him kissing an aide in his departmental office.
Matt Hancock resigns as English health secretary following scandal
Images of him breaking Covid guidelines appeared in the UK press yesterday.
UK health minister apologises for breaching Covid guidance after being accused of affair with aide
The Sun newspaper in the UK today published pictures of Matt Hancock with adviser Gina Coladangelo.
Dominic Cummings steps up criticism of Boris Johnson’s suitability for office
Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings criticised the UK Prime Minister for a lack of focus.
UK Government moves to scrap ten day quarantine for Covid contacts who are fully vaccinated
Under the plan, the ten day quarantine period could be axed in favour of daily lateral flow tests.
People in England aged 33 and 32 can book their Covid-19 vaccine from today
The NHS is urging everyone who is eligible to take up their jab at one of the 1,600 locations across the country.
‘High degree of confidence’ vaccines work against Indian variant, Matt Hancock says
The British Health Secretary said it is “appropriate” to push on with the major easing of lockdown in England.
That photo of Matt Hancock holding a bad pint of Guinness is fake
He wasn’t even drinking Guinness.
Fears of delays to lockdown easing in Britain amid ‘constrained’ vaccine supplies
The NHS has warned of a month-long ‘significant reduction’ in weekly supply of the jabs next month
UK plans accelerated vaccine rollout as end of lockdown in sight
Previous targets were to inoculate over-50s by May, with all adults to be vaccinated by the end of September.
Hancock defends UK police fining two women £200 for driving 8km to go for a walk
“I’m absolutely going to back the police because the challenge here is that every flex can be fatal,” the UK Health Secretary said.
Covid-19: UK health service facing 'unsustainable' pressure as ambulances queue outside hospitals
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce more Tier 4 restrictions.
Unclear if quick spread of new Covid-19 variant found in England is due to 'cause and effect'
England’s CMO Professor Chris Whitty gave an update on a new variant found in south England.
FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?
The head of the UK regulator who approved the Pfizer vaccine said its progress was “totally dependent” on the “rolling review” approach it took.
UK government criticised for bringing in new Covid-19 restrictions for north England 'late last night'
Households in Manchester, east Lancashire and West Yorkshire have been banned from meeting each other after a spike in cases.
Lose 5lbs to help save the NHS money, says UK Health Secretary
Cabinet minister Matthew Hancock has set the target as the Government prepares to unveil its obesity crackdown.
Boris Johnson warns people ‘taking liberties’ could trigger serious infection spike
Johnson’s comments came after the Health Secretary reminded people the Government has powers to close public spaces such as beaches.
Two-week quarantine rules for UK arrivals come into force
People who fail to comply could be fined £1,000 (€1,124) in England.
Matt Hancock laughs off suggestion that 'Test and Trace' launched early to distract from Cummings saga
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the system wasn’t being rushed through to distract from the Cummings controversy.
Johnson praises NHS for saving his life as nurses told to refuse to work 'as last resort' over PPE
More than 20 NHS staff are believed to have died from Covid-19.
Covid-19 vaccine could be available in September, Oxford professor claims
The World Health Organization previously said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed.
Another 621 people have died from Covid-19 in UK as minister warns outside exercise could be banned
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “quite unbelievable” crowds were still gathering over the weekend.
A further 684 people die in the UK as Covid-19 death toll there exceeds 3,600
The Queen is set to address the nation over the crisis on Sunday night.
Covid-19 stricken UK Health Secretary returns to work after seven days in self-isolation
Matt Hancock announced plans to test 100,000 people per day by the end of the month.
British Health Secretary says people ignoring social-distancing advice are ‘selfish’
Over the weekend, photos emerged showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK and Ireland.
UK to ask over 70s to self-isolate for up to four months
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the request would be made in coming weeks.
Twelve new Covid-19 cases confirmed in UK, bringing total to 35
The UK health secretary said shutting down cities was possible despite a “huge economic and social downside”.
'Celebrities are being hounded': Politicians hit out at press intrusion in wake of Caroline Flack's death
The 40 year-old was found dead at her east London flat on Saturday.
BBC and ITV journalists apologise over reports that Tory advisor was punched by Labour activist
A claim that a Tory advisor was punched turned out not to be the case.