By Sally Underwood • 10 February 2021 • 11:45
Covid Flouters: Matt Hancock has been criticised for a meeting which appeared to flout Covid rules. Image: Flickr/Number10
One Conservative MP said Matt Hancock was accused of “not setting the best example,” after he was pictured flouting Covid rules by not wearing a mask or staying two metres away from his colleagues in a meeting.
In a series of photos which appear to have been taken during a staff briefing, Matt Hancock can be seen standing near three members of staff, with none of the group wearing masks.
An unnamed Conservative MP reportedly told one publication he was, “questioning the wisdom of Hancock choosing yesterday to pose for a series of intriguing photos in his office.”
The politician added: “No masks, limited social distancing, not setting the best example.”
Last June, Mr Hancock criticised for breaking Covid rules after appearing to put his hand on a colleague’s shoulder for around 10 seconds in the House of Commons just before Prime Minister’s Questions.
A statement from the Commons authorities at the time said: “The House’s priority is to ensure that those on the estate are safe while business is facilitated.
“Concerns about social distancing guidelines not being followed will be taken seriously.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been a leading force in creating the UK government’s strategy to tackle Covid, advocating the use of masks and of keeping two metres away from others.
The politician has come in for criticism for his handling of the crisis however, after twice appearing to flout Covid rules.
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Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.
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