Matt Hancock routinely ‘used private email account for government business’

Matt Hancock is reportedly facing an investigation after using a personal email account to conduct government affairs, in breach of UK guidelines.

According to The Sunday Times, the former health secretary, who resigned from his role on Saturday, regularly used a private email account for government dealings, thereby concealing information from officials and potentially from the public.

The Times said it had obtained documents proving Mr Hancock had routinely been using his personal email since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began.

The disclosure was reportedly revealed in minutes from a meeting between senior officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

David Williams, the department’s second permanent secretary, warned that Mr Hancock “only” deals with his office “via Gmail account”.

Mr Williams said the health secretary did not even have an official email as he warned that the government could not freely access…

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