A cringe-inducing interview between Matt Hancock and Sky News journalist Kay Burley has reemerged after the health secretary was accused of having an affair with an aide.
CCTV shows Hancock locked in a steamy embrace with Gina Coladangelo in his Whitehall office.
The Health Secretary has apologised for "breaching social distancing guidelines" and it is not believed he will face any disciplinary action, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he "considers the matter closed".
A Sky News interview with Hancock that many viewers found embarrassing to watch has resurfaced in the hours since the allegations were made.
During the interview, originally broadcast in September last year, Kay Burley asks if "casual sex" is banned under Covid rules and queries what an "established" partner means.
The health secretary, holding back laughter, replied: "In these rules that we have to bring in, there have to be boundaries, to coin a phrase.
"If you’re saying that two households shouldn’t mix, which we are in some parts of the country – in the North East, the North West, in Scotland, in parts of Wales – then you have to then define what is the boundary of that."
The journalist pushed again to define the boundary, asking: "If I say I love you, is that an established relationship? Some people say it and don't mean it."
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Hancock told Burley: "I think we should stick to the letter of it, which is it is OK in an established relationship.
"It just means that people need to be careful, they need to be sensible."
When the clip was first aired on Sky News, viewers branded the interview "bad comedy" and said the advice was confusing, slamming the politician on Twitter.
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One blasted: "Just say don’t go sleeping around with people it's not hard to say he’s like a puppet."
A second said: "This really is like some sort of bad comedy now. Are we sure this isn't an episode of Yes Minister?"
"What an utterly ridiculous question, when people out there are losing their lives," moaned a third viewer.
Someone else said: "Is this really the level of the debate… Ridiculous."
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