Who is Gina Coladangelo? Matt Hancock is accused of having affair with close aide and multi-millionaire’s wife

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Who is Gina Coladangelo? Matt Hancock is accused of having affair with close aide and multi-millionaire’s wife
Who is Gina Coladangelo? Matt Hancock’s closest aide who he has been accused of having an affair with (PA)
Who is Gina Coladangelo? Matt Hancock’s closest aide who he has been accused of having an affair with (PA)

She is the millionaire entrepreneur and government aide whose affair with Matt Hancock became a national talking point.

Bombshell footage of her “clinch” with Health Secretary Matt Hancock led to his public downfall over the weekend.

The event will likely go down in history as one of Westminster’s most famous scandals. But who is Gina Coladangelo – the woman pictured in that now infamous footage?

What happened between Hancock and Coladangelo?

On Friday The Sun newspaper published CCTV pictures showing Mr Hancock, 42, in an embrace with Ms Coladangelo, 43, in his Department of Health office around 3pm on May 6.

Amid mounting pressure from the public and Tory MPs, Mr Hancock announced his resignation on Saturday evening, admitting he broke coronavirus guidance.

It was also revealed that Ms Coladangelo was leaving her position as a non-executive director at the Department of Health.

Outside the scandal

Ms Coladangelo is married to the millionaire fashion tycoon Oliver Tress who founded high street chain Oliver Bonas.

She is a communications director for the fashion store and a major shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon.

The couple have three children together and live in a five-bedroom detached £4million home in Wandsworth, south west London.

The adviser is married to her multi-millionaire fashion tycoon husband Oliver Tress who founded high street chain Oliver Bonas (David Benett)
The adviser is married to her multi-millionaire fashion tycoon husband Oliver Tress who founded high street chain Oliver Bonas (David Benett)

What was Coladangelo’s role in Government?

Mr Hancock appointed Ms Coladangelo to the Department of Health as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in March last year.

In September, she was made a non-executive director at the Department of Health, a £15,000-a-year role that made her a member of the board that scrutinises the department.

It was also revealed that since April she has had a parliamentary pass that gave her unregulated access to the Palace of Westminster.

However, it is currently not known if their romantic relationship began before or after she was appointed to the department, or if this was ever declared as a conflict of interest.

Labour has called for documents relating to the recruitment of the aide to be released, but Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has insisted "due process" was followed.

Ms Coladangelo was recently described as Mr Hancock’s ‘closest aide’ (AFP via Getty Images)
Ms Coladangelo was recently described as Mr Hancock’s ‘closest aide’ (AFP via Getty Images)

How do Hancock and Coladangelo know each other?

The pair first met at Oxford University where they worked on student radio together. They both also studied politics, philosophy and economics (PPE).

Although the pair maintained a friendship, Matt went onto wed Martha Hoyer Millar in 2006.

Ms Coladangelo and Mr Hancock first met at Oxford University (AFP via Getty Images)
Ms Coladangelo and Mr Hancock first met at Oxford University (AFP via Getty Images)

What has Hancock said?

Mr Hancock broke his silence on Friday to apologise for breaching social distancing guidance amid the affair allegations.

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.”

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