Politics latest news: Matt Hancock and aide ‘all over each other’ this week, reports say

 Politics latest news: Matt Hancock and aide ‘all over each other’ this week, reports say

‘Private lives are private’, says Edwina Currie

Former Conservative minister Edwina Currie has insisted “private lives are private”, after photographs of Matt Hancock kissing an aide in his department emerged this week.

Ms Currie, who had an affair with former prime minister John Major when both were married in the 1980s, told Times Radio: “My own feeling is that private lives are private – they’ve obviously got some explaining to do to their families, but other than that it’s none of our business.

“I think also we should be very wary of being terribly censorious and pious that we want perfect behaviour from ministers… I think if we’re looking for saints we’re going to end up with repeats of Theresa May.

“And I think what the public do now in a much more sophisticated fashion and shrewd fashion, is they judge ministers on outcomes.

“And just as this photo was appearing, we had the most vaccinated nation in the world, which is actually I think what the Government ought to have been doing, what the public had been hoping for, it makes a huge difference – that’s the kind of judgment I think most people outside the Westminster bubble will be making.”

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