SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: And he’s off! Matt Hancock is onto a winner with £20,000 gift 

Top hats off to Matt Hancock! The Health Secretary has, I can disclose, just cantered into the winner’s enclosure in his West Suffolk constituency — which includes Newmarket, home of horse racing — by trousering £20,000. The windfall is a gift from multi-millionaire property magnate and racing devotee Bill Gredley. It’s the second time in … Read more

UK ‘will be in a very different world in months’ thanks to Covid vaccines: Hancock and JVT claim

Britain’s lockdown-ending hopes were given another huge boost tonight as Matt Hancock revealed a single dose of the coronavirus vaccines being rolled out in the UK cut hospital rates in the most elderly by 80 per cent. The Health Secretary said Government analysis of figures in England had shown one dose of either the Oxford … Read more

Covid UK: Matt Hancock claims cases of variants ‘falling sharply’

Matt Hancock today claimed the new cases of coronavirus ‘variants of concern’ are falling despite a Public Health England update showing they higher than last week.  The Health Secretary said confirmed cases of these mutated versions of the virus are ‘fallen quite sharply’ and that only 12 were discovered last week, boasting ‘the measures we … Read more

Matt Hancock claims cases of Covid variants are ‘falling sharply’

Matt Hancock today claimed the new cases of coronavirus ‘variants of concern’ are falling despite a Public Health England update showing they higher than last week.  The Health Secretary said confirmed cases of these mutated versions of the virus are ‘fallen quite sharply’ and that only 12 were discovered last week, boasting ‘the measures we … Read more

Matt Hancock defends £30m Covid contracts for his neighbour after medical regulator launches probe

Matt Hancock has defended a decision to hand Covid test orders worth £30million to a former neighbour now under investigation by the medical watchdog, saying it would be ‘ridiculous’ to block friends of ministers from public contracts. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, … Read more

Matt Hancock takes swipe at Sky News presenters taken off air after Kay Burley’s 60th birthday bash

Matt Hancock today took aim at Sky News’ Covid rule-breakers while being quizzed over the lifting of lockdown rules, saying: ‘I know everyone there is keen to get back to having parties’. The Health Secretary made the quip, an obvious reference to presenter Kay Burley’s rule-breaching birthday bash, as he tackled a question over the … Read more

Matt Hancock is ‘livid with Tony Blair for pinching his Covid ideas to pass off as his own’

Matt Hancock has ‘stopped talking’ to Tony Blair amid accusations that the former Prime Minister pinched Government anti-Covid ideas to pass them off as his own, it was claimed last night. The Health Secretary is said to be livid after two key proposals allegedly mentioned in private conversations – an initial priority one-jab vaccine policy … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Matt Hancock unlawfully failed to publish contract details

Matt Hancock unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds’ worth of coronavirus-related contracts, the High Court has ruled.  The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its ‘wholesale failure’ to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government is required by … Read more

Matt Hancock slaps down Tory demands to lift lockdown by end of April

Matt Hancock today slapped down Tory demands to lift all lockdown rules by the end of April as he warned ‘there is a long way to go’ before life can go back to normal.  The Health Secretary said that while coronavirus cases are now falling ‘sharply’ the number of people in hospital with the disease … Read more

Matt Hancock faces heat over delays to social care reform

Matt Hancock faces the heat over delays to social care reform as it emerges the plans will not be published for months He unveiled White Paper on greater integration of NHS and social care  Funding proposals – promised by PM more than 18 months ago – not included  Sir Andrew Dilnot said he was disappointed … Read more