Matt Hancock suggests police should consider action against lockdown scientist
- Credit: PA
Police should consider whether further action is appropriate against a scientist who admitted 'undermining' social distancing rules despite being a key figure in influencing the lockdown, the health secretary has suggested.
Matt Hancock said Professor Neil Ferguson 'took the right decision to resign' as a government adviser after conceding he made an 'error of judgment' by allowing a woman to visit him at home.
The Telegraph reported that he allowed a woman, said to be his 'lover', to visit him at home in London on at least two occasions during the lockdown, on March 30 and April 8.
The Imperial College London researcher, whose work was crucial in Boris Johnson's move to enforce strict conditions, stood down from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
Hancock said he was rendered speechless after learning of Prof Ferguson's 'extraordinary' breach of the rules, claiming that he first learned about the story in the newspaper.
You may also want to watch:
The cabinet minister praised him as a 'very eminent' scientist whose work has been 'important' in the government's response, but said he had to resign.
Asked about police involvement, Hancock told Sky News: 'They will take their decisions independently from ministers, that's quite right, it's always been like that.
- 1 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 2 Nigel Farage launches new party in Scotland to promote 'positive case for the Union'
- 3 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 4 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 5 Brexit changes lead to exodus of Brits from Spain, UK nationals claim
- 6 The worryingly familiar signs for Britain's vaccine roll-out
- 7 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 8 Fears government could scrap workers' rights in post-Brexit overhaul of labour laws
- 9 Katie Hopkins joins UKIP in time for leadership contest
- 10 Keir Starmer got it right with vote on Brexit deal
'Even though I have got a clear answer to what I think, as a minister the way we run the police is that they make decisions like this.
'So I give them their space to make that decision, but I think he took the right decision to resign.'