Hancock shows no shame in arrogant resignation speech – body language expert

Matt Hancock did not mention a single word of his wife and showed "no shame" in his resignation speech after news of his affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo broke, claims a body language expert.

The ex-Health Secretary breached his government's own social distancing rules after being caught on camera kissing the millionaire lobbyist in his Whitehall office last month.

A CCTV clip leaked to Sun Online showed Mr Hancock checking the coast was clear through the door of his office before canoodling with his aide.

He resigned a day after the scandal and posted a video speech on his Twitter account.

Body language expert Judi James analysed the former minister's tone of speech and facial movement, finding an "air of arrogance" in the 80-second clip.

She told Sun Online: "Overall the tone, the building sense of energy and resolution make this sound very much like a man primarily focused on making a comeback.

"There is no reference to his wife or even implication of any shame prompted by his cheating. He seems to see this as a work-related matter rather than a personal life one."

In the speech, Mr Hancock said: "I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, you have made. And those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign."

He carried on to thank people working in the NHS and said he was "very proud of what we've done" to protect the NHS at the peak to deliver the vaccine rollout.

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Although Mr Hancock had a series of pauses that sounded like sighs, Judi said: "There is still an air of arrogance in his words though as he tells us ‘This is why I’ve got to resign’, steering us to what he sees as the sole problem in his behaviour rather than addressing what the public might see as a matter of disapproval.

"He loses the look of submissive compliance and begins to sound more like an award winner.

"His thanks sound like a reminder of what he achieved in his time in the job."

The ex Health Secretary also showed defiance when he mentioned "I'm very proud of what we've done".

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