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12.59pm BST

The Labour party chair, Anneliese Dodds, has responded to Matt Hancock’s statement and once again called for him to resign or be sacked.

“He set the rules. He admits he broke them. He has to go,” she said in a tweet.

He set the rules. He admits he broke them. He has to go.

If he won’t resign, the PM should sack him. https://t.co/OaelBn0shV

12.55pm BST

My colleague Peter Walker has this context on Gina Coladangelo and her controversial appointment to position of aide last year:

In November last year, Labour complained about apparent cronyism after it emerged that Gina Coladangelo, the head of marketing at the Oliver Bonas retail chain and a university friend of Matt Hancock, was first made an unpaid adviser at the DHCS and then a non-executive director, a part-time role paid £15,000 a year.

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