London, June 27 (MNN) Former chancellor Sajid Javid has been appointed the new UK Health Secretary, a day after his predecessor Matt Hancock resigned after he was found in breach of social distancing guideline.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said on Sunday that the Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Sajid Javid to the post.
On Saturday, Hancock had resigned after the controversy over his reported May 6 kiss of colleague Gina Coladangelo in the Health Department premises.
In his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hancock said that the government owed it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest “when we have let them down”. Johnson said he was “sorry” to receive the resignation.
Javid said he was honoured for getting chosen in place of Hancock. “Honoured to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at this critical time. I look forward to contributing to our fight against the pandemic, and serving my country from the Cabinet once again,” he said.
Pictures and a video of Hancock and Gina — both married and with children – while kissing had appeared in the media. Media reports claimed that Hancock had ended his 15-year marriage with wife Martha.
Javid was was earlier Chancellor of the Exchequer from July 24, 2019 to February 13, 2020. He was also the Home Secretary from April 30, 2018 to July 24, 2019.
He has also been Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government; Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and both the Economic and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
He was elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010.