Leilani Dowding hits out at Matt Hancock’s ‘hypocrisy’ as Health Secretary RESIGNSJune 26, 2021
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Former model Leilani Dowding frequently shares her views, often shocking her online followers. Now, the star has opened up exclusively to Express.co.uk following Matt Hancock’s admission to breaching coronavirus restrictions.
He breaks the rule, nothing, just ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ — It’s not good enough!
It comes after former Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced his resignation from the cabinet after it emerged he appeared to be engaged in an affair.
Mr Hancock, 42, was seen on camera hugging and kissing an aide, despite social distancing guidelines being in place.
During the height of the pandemic, Mr Hancock urged Brits to remain two meters away from people, not to mix with other households and casual sex was banned.
Just hours go, Hancock addressed his actions, saying: “Those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Leilani, 41, said: “This is the hypocrisy of it all, he apologises but Rita Ora broke a rule and she got a £10,000 fine.
“He breaks the rule, nothing, just ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ — It’s not good enough!”
She went on to say: “We’ve been told that we can’t hug our families while you’re there kissing somebody else’s wife, so you’re mixing households and you’re not social distancing.
“You don’t have your mask on yet we can’t hug a member of our family from another household, it’s just insane!”
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Following the news that sporting events such as the Euro 2020 final and Royal Ascot allowing thousands of fans to attend, Leilani didn’t hold back.
“I think between the G7, Royal Ascot and the VIPs coming in, that don’t have to quarantine for the football, you know, you could have 60,000 people in Wembley, but you can’t go to your kid’s sports day and I think it’s ridiculous,” she fumed.
She added: “Like I say you’ve got the G7, a big ‘party’ and barbecue, that’s okay — we can’t do that, we can’t dance at a wedding, though.
“Then you have Wembley packed with 60,000 people, but you can’t go to your kid’s sports day, you have the VIPs from UEFA and FIFA, that can come in from an amber country with no quarantine but we have to pay £400 in tests to go on holiday and even if they’re negative, you still have to quarantine – so how is any of this fair?”
Like many public figures, Leilani has often called on the government to bring an end to coronavirus restrictions.
Earlier today, Denise Welch slammed Boris Johnson’s decision to “forgive” Matt Hancock.
She said: “For Boris Johnson to say Matt Hancock has apologised for breaking social distancing rules and this matter is closed, how f*****g dare you say this matter is closed.
“This man who has enforced the rules of social distancing like no other, who had got it to the point where I, two weeks ago, was not allowed to travel in an ambulance with my terrified father who was being moved between hospitals at 84-years-old.”
Last night, Matt Hancock apologised for breaching the coronavirus restrictions, with a Downing Street official saying Boris Johnson “accepts Mr Hancock’s apology” following the revelation he appeared to be engaging in an affair.
Now, Matt Hancock has apologised to his family, as well as his errors.
In a statement, he said: “I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this. I also need to be with my children at this time.
“We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.”
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