MP FOR Salisbury John Glen has said he thinks Matt Hancock's resignation was "appropriate in the circumstances".

Hancock stepped down as Health Secretary on Saturday night the day after video footage emerged of him kissing an aide in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Former Chancellor and Home Secretary Sajid Javid was announced as his replacement later that night.

A statement from 10 Downing Street said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.”

John Glen says he "completely understands" the anger, and says it is a "regrettable episode".

He added: "I think resignation was appropriate in the circumstances.

“I am delighted that my good friend Sajid Javid has returned to government. He is hugely experienced and will be a dedicated Secretary of State, who will help bring us out of restrictions as quickly as possible.”

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The MP for Devizes Danny Kruger has also said it was "right for Matt Hancock to resign".

Mr Kruger said: "I think it was right for Matt Hancock to resign, and I detect from my inbox that many people locally think so too.

"The Government has been regulating private life with an unheard-of degree of intrusion for 18 months, including a ban on embracing people not in your household."

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