Matt Hancock UN job offer rescinded, according to reports

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Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has seen United Nations According to reports, the job offer has been withdrawn.

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Mr Hancock announced this week that he had been appointed a special representative to the United Nations in an unpaid role.

The former cabinet minister, who resigned in June after admitting to breaking coronavirus restrictions while having relations with a colleague, said he would help African Countries to recover from Covid-19.

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But according to Pass Blue, an independent organization covering the United Nations, the proposal will not be taken up by the organization.

The media group quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying: “The appointment of Mr Hancock is not being pursued by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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“ECA has advised him of the matter.”

NS BBC It has also been understood that Mr Hancock will no longer be offered the position.

Responding to the reports, Nick Dearden, director of the campaign group Global Justice Now, said: “It is right for the United Nations to reconsider this appointment.

“If Matt Hancock wants to help African countries recover from the pandemic, he must lobby” Prime minister To support patent exemptions on Covid-19 vaccines.

“If he had done this while he was in government, tens of millions more people across the continent could have already been vaccinated.

“The last thing the African continent needs is a failed British politician.

“This is not the 19th century.”

The original announcement was criticized because on the same day a damning report from lawmakers was published about how errors and delays by the government and scientific advisers cost lives during the pandemic.

In a letter posted on Twitter by Mr Hancock on Tuesday, the UN Under-Secretary-General, Vera Songwe, originally said the West Suffolk MP’s “success” in handling the UK’s pandemic response was a testament to the strength it had He will bring Role.

After making the initial announcement on social media, Mr Hancock was congratulated by several ministers, including the Foreign Secretary liz truss and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

Mr Hancock’s time in cabinet was cut short by four months after CCTV footage was leaked showing him kissing a colleague, in violation of social distancing rules, which he helped set up as health secretary Was.

Mr. Hancock has been contacted for comment.

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