UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been charged with disobeying 10pm. from the country. curfew as he joined MPs for a drink at a House of Commons bar, a media report said Sunday.
According to the Daily Mail report, Hancock arrived at the bar just before the vote at 9.40pm. On October 5, he ordered a glass of white wine and announced: “Drinks are on my own, but Public Health England is in charge of the payment methodology, so I won’t pay anything.
A senior Conservative MP told The Mail on Sunday that Hancock stayed at the Smoking Room bar until at least 10.25 p.m., despite President Lindsay Hoyle insisting that Commons venues must adhere to the same 10 p.m. “Drink and leave the curfew” like all English pubs.
Another MP told the Daily Mail: “He (Hancock) wasn’t the only one, some people were still ordering bottles of wine until the deadline.
“However, it was extraordinary that at 10.25 p.m. Our Secretary of Health, the man who perhaps more than Boris himself has lectured the nation on respecting Covid-19 rules, was having a glass of wine when in the real world, drinkers and diners had been kicked out of pubs and restaurants across the country. England.
“Everybody’s panicking and trying to cover for Matt, but I know what I saw and I can tell the time.”
In reaction to the development, a Hancock spokesperson said “the rules were not broken,” adding that the Secretary of Health left the Smoking Room to vote, which took place at 9.42 p.m.
However, the spokesperson did not say if Hancock returned to the bar after the vote and before going home.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick stated that reports that Hancock was at the bar after 10 p.m. they were “completely false”.
“I have seen corroboration from other people who were present to say that he did not return to the bar after 10 p.m. Obviously I was not there, but I have seen several people, trustworthy people, who have said that this is completely false,” he added.