Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Hancock book telling its Covid story would be “disgusting,” says Labor

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Matt Hancock has said he is considering an offer to write a book to focus on his time as Minister of Health during the Covid pandemic.

Labor said the idea that the Conservative MP – who quit as health minister after kissing his advisor on the job and breaking Covid restrictions – could “twist” his side of the pandemic story was “utterly disgusting.”

The party’s vice chairwoman Angela Rayner said it was “an insult to the bereaved” to draft a book deal ahead of the Covid investigation and urged Boris Johnson to “step in and keep Matt Hancock from tragedy and failure too.” benefit”.

Ms. Rayner tweeted, “It is utterly disgusting that Matt Hancock gets to the heart of events – and his failures – for a record payday before grieving families learn the truth about the government’s failure and wrong handling of the pandemic in a public inquiry .

The former cabinet minister is reportedly in talks with a top publisher over a comprehensive memoir on government disputes and his role in introducing vaccines in the UK.

Mr Hancock confirmed he was considering a book deal on Friday. “I was asked to write a book, but no decisions were made,” he told the Daily mail.

The newspaper claimed the MP was interested in portraying himself in a “heroic” light, citing sources saying he wanted to “publish his version of events” before the spring public inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic Begins in 2022.

Former advisor to Mr Johnson Dominic Cummings has accused Mr Hancock of “criminal, shameful conduct that has caused serious harm” during the pandemic, arguing that he should have been fired for “15 to 20” items.

However, the ex-health minister denied a number of allegations made by Mr Cummings and denied ever lying to the prime minister about Covid patients being discharged from hospitals to nursing homes.

Mr Hancock resigned in June shortly after leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing his assistant Gina Coladangelo in his department office in violation of Covid rules.

Ms. Rayner suggested that the Business Appointments Advisory Committee (Acoba) – the former MPs who recently resigned advises what activities they can and cannot do – consider whether the potential book deal is appropriate.

If Acoba doesn’t act, No. 10 should keep Mr. Hancock from writing a book, she added. “If the toothless and ineffective Acoba doesn’t block this, Boris Johnson must step in and prevent Matt Hancock from profiting from tragedies and failures,” said the Labor MP.

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