Matt Hancock has been handed a major new high profile position months after he had to resign as the Heath Secretary following his secret affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo.
Hancock wrote on Twitter, “Honoured to be appointed United Nations Special Representative.
“I’ll be working with the UN and UN Economic Commission for Africa to help African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable development.”
Hancock who is a Tory MP for West Suffolk’s new role with the United Nations will be unpaid.
Foreign Affairs Select Committee chairman and fellow Tory MP Tom Tugendhat described Hancock’s new role as a “fascinating and important appointment.”
He added, “Boosting the economies of Africa is one of the most essential tasks of this generation.”
Former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said, “Do good where you can, when you can. I wish you all success in a vitally important new role.”
In a letter posted on Twitter by Hancock, the under secretary-general of the UN, Vera Songwe said, “The acceleration of vaccines that has led the UK move faster towards economic recovery is one testament to the strengths that you will bring to this role, together with your fiscal and monetary experience.
“The role will support Africa’s cause at the global level and ensure the continent builds forward better, leveraging financial innovations and working with major stakeholders like the G20, UK government and COP26.”