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A “full-scale” investigation is set to be launched into ministers using private emails for government business following revelations about former health secretary Matt Hancock, Labor said.

Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Angela Rayner calls for an investigation after the Sunday Times reported that the two Mr. Hancock and his conservative counterpart Lord Bethell used private email accounts.

The newspaper claimed Lord Bethell used personal emails to sponsor a parliamentary pass for Mr Hancock’s lover Gina Coladangelo between April and October of last year.

It comes after The Sun posted photos of the former health secretary raping COVID rules by kissing Mrs. Coladangelo, who worked as his assistant, in May.

The Ministry of Health is investigate how Mr. Hancock, who was forced to resign because of the case last weekend, came to be filmed in his office.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Sky News on Sunday the matter was ‘something we need to get to the bottom of’, with the Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer agreeing that he “breached security”.

The Sun claims to have received the video of Mr Hancock from a whistleblower, but it is not known how it was captured and disseminated.

Press regulator IPSO says media organizations “must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired using hidden cameras or eavesdropping devices” or “by accessing digitally held information without consent.”

But he adds that “misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can usually only be justified in the public interest and only then when the material cannot be obtained by other means.”

Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo, pictured in June
Mr Hancock is pictured with Gina Coladangelo in June

It defines the public interest as “reporting a serious irregularity” or “protecting the public from being misled”.

But the deputy Labor leader says “the responsibility does not end with Hancock”.

She wrote to the Information Commissioner …

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