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Matt Hancock pictured without a mask at London Underground station despite Covid restrictions

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock was seen without a mask at a London Underground station in what appears to be a violation of Covid rules.

The former health secretary, 43, apologized after being seen entering North Greenwich station on Saturday December 18 – without covering his face.

He had watched Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena – one of several public appearances in recent weeks.

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Mr Hancock resigned from Cabinet earlier this year after a CCTV leak showed him in a scorching clinch with an assistant.

His kiss and hug with Gina Coladangelo, 44, violated social distancing guidelines at the time – forcing him to resign.

And now it looks like he’s broken the rules again, despite his previous role in tackling the pandemic.

Mr Hancock was spotted in North Greenwich station at around 10:45 p.m. last Saturday after the festive musical evening.



Matt Hancock resigned as Secretary of Health in June

Face covers must be worn for the duration of journeys on public transport according to the Covid rules in force – including inside stations

A frustrated bystander, who asked not to be named, filmed Mr Hancock without a mask, at the bottom of the escalators, before he reached the turnstiles.

They said: “Everyone in the station wore a mask – I think that’s why we took a double look.

“We confronted him. He said sorry and put one on. I wonder if he would have if we hadn’t faced him.”

A spokesperson for Mr Hancock said: ‘Matt was heading for the subway and put on his mask as he walked towards the subway station.

“Matt makes sure to wear his mask on the tube, which he travels a lot on, and is so sorry he didn’t put it on sooner in this case.”

The viewer said he also challenged Mr Hancock over the recent Christmas revelations at Number 10 – but declined to comment.

The 43-year-old has been an MP for West Suffolk since 2010.

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