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​Viewers Spot Matt Hancock ‘Breaking His Own Rules’ For Social Distancing

Jess Hardiman

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​Viewers Spot Matt Hancock ‘Breaking His Own Rules’ For Social Distancing

Viewers have shared a clip of the moment Health Secretary Matt Hancock was 'breaking his own rules', having been caught ignoring social distancing measures as he walked into the House of Commons and stood beside someone, greeting them with a pat on the back.


The video footage from Parliament showed as Hancock entered the room, his back to the camera.

He walked up to a fellow MP and patted him on the back before standing alongside him, and soon after the two were joined by a third person - who also placed himself immediately next to them, meaning all three were in breach of the two-metre social distancing rule.


One person shared the clip on Twitter, writing: "Social distancing dancing with Matt Hancock just before #PMQs He eventually worked out that he was on camera breaking his own rules..."

Someone else said: "First Dominic Cummings and Matt Hancock. Is it any wonder some people aren't following government advice anymore, when they aren't doing so themselves! One rule for one and one rule for the other #PMQs#MattHancock#SocialDistancing."

Piers Morgan also got involved, tweeting: "Health Secretary ⁦@MattHancock⁩ has spent the last 3 months telling us all to socially distance at least 2m apart. This is him today ignoring that in Parliament. Yet again, one rule for them, another for us"

Of course, this wasn't even Hancock's first gaffe of the day, as this morning he also managed to call footballer Marcus Rashford the wrong name live on TV.


The Health Secretary was being interviewed about the government's decision to extend the free school meal voucher scheme, following a social media campaign led by the Manchester United footballer.

Speaking to Sky News about why the government U-turned and decided to extend the scheme, pledging a further £120 million to do so, Hancock said: "Righty ho, well I'll tell you what happened, the Prime Minister talked to Daniel Rashford, he considered it and made his decision.

"I think it's terrific, I think it's important we get as much support as possible to people who are in difficult circumstances, especially with coronavirus."


The pretty embarrassing slip-up didn't go unnoticed by viewers, who took to social media to share the agonising moment.

Writing on Twitter, one person said: "Oh dear. Matt Hancock accidentally called Marcus Rashford 'Daniel Rashford'."

A second joked: "Good to see Matt Hancock giving Daniel Rashford the praise he deserves. A true Manchester Athletic fan," as a third added: "Own goal - Matt Hancock just praised footballer 'Daniel Rashford'. Does he play for Melchester Rovers?"


Mr Hancock blamed his error on the interview being 'too early', but once more praised the 22-year-old for his actions.

Topics: UK News, News, Matt Hancock

Jess Hardiman
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