Matt Hancock’s latest job offer is mocked by Angela Rayner: ‘Shouldn’t be this close!’
Matt Hancock’s appointment as the UN’s envoy to Africa has been slammed by Angela Rayner.
The former Health Secretary, who resigned on June 26 after being caught kissing his aide and breaching coronavirus norms, has been named as the UN’s special representative for financial innovation and climate change. He will be assisting African countries in their recovery from the Covid epidemic as part of his responsibilities.
Mr Hancock’s appointment, however, was slammed by Ms Rayner and other Labour MPs, with the Deputy Labour Leader stating he “shouldn’t be anywhere near” his new post.
“Matt Hancock should not be anywhere near this or any other job,” Ms Rayner said.
“His sole role in the Covid response should be the public inquiry into the (Government’s) mishandling of the pandemic, as well as the ICO probe into dubious activities while he was Health Secretary.”
“This appointment is an insult to bereaved families, and it is the latest proof that the appointments system in this nation is absolutely flawed and in desperate need of overhauling and replacement.”
Mr Hancock’s appointment was met with mockery by Lord Chris Renard, a Lib Dem Peer and former Party Chief Executive.
“Haven’t Africans endured enough?” he said.
Mr Hancock’s appointment was underlined by Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, who also addressed accusations that Boris Johnson had barred Commonwealth countries from exchanging information on vaccine manufacturing.
“It’s shocking that Johnson would oppose these initiatives,” she remarked.
“Then he dispatches Hancock to sabotage Africa’s efforts.” It’s past time to speak up!” Mr Hancock said he was “proud” to be awarded the post in a tweet announcing his appointment.
The former Health Secretary’s “success” in managing the UK’s pandemic response, according to UN undersecretary general Vera Songwe, is a tribute to the strengths he would bring to the post.
“Vaccine acceleration, which has accelerated the UK’s economic recovery, is one testament to the capabilities that you will bring to this post, along with your fiscal and monetary experience,” he said.
“The post will promote Africa’s cause on a global scale and guarantee that the continent progresses more quickly, using financial innovations and collaborating with significant stakeholders such as the G20, the UK government, and Cop26.”
It comes after MPs decided that the UK’s reaction to the Covid pandemic was “one of the UK’s worst ever public health disasters,” according to a report.
Some of these, according to Greg Clark, the chair of the science and technology committee. “Brinkwire News Summary.”