Exact moment Rishi Sunak iced Matt Hancock, caught on camera
Rishi Sunak sent chills down his spine at his former colleague Matt Hancock just after winning the Tory leadership race on Monday.
The new Prime Minister was greeted by thunderous applause as he stopped at Tory HQ and then shook hands with his happy colleagues one by one, putting his arm around a few of them .
He first went to close ally Mel Stride, then Conservative party chairman Jake Berry, before moving on to other close aides.
Until he came face to face with Hancock, who served in Boris Johnson’s cabinet as health secretary alongside Sunak, who was chancellor at the time.
Sunak quickly avoided Hancock’s excited gaze, ducking any handshakes and moving on to the person next to him – making his former colleague the only Tory at the front of the crowd not to be greeted directly by the new leader party.
Hancock can’t stop clapping during this painful and very public rebuff, but the camera catches his failing expression.
And it seems like everyone noticed…
In short, while Sunak left Johnson’s cabinet by resigning in July, triggering a mass exodus of government ministers, Hancock left under a cloud in July 2021.
Leaked CCTV footage of Hancock kissing one of his assistants, Gina Coladangelo, while in his office against the strict social distancing measures his own department had been preaching forced him out of the firm.
It was quite a fall from grace for one of the government’s leading figures at the height of the pandemic.
Hancock and Sunak used to sit side by side in the cabinet, and the former health secretary was one of those who appointed his colleague to the leadership post.
Sunak’s decision to clear him does not bode well for Hancock’s chances of returning to the firm. The new prime minister is expected to appoint the top posts on Tuesday, when he will be formally invited to form a government by the king.