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Kiss cam that cost Hancock his job is now disabled, says Javid

28th Jun 21 12:34 pm

The new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid has said the camera which caught Matt Hancock kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo  has now been disabled.

The Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has asked for his office to be checked for any “unauthorised devices.”

Javid was asked about the device, he said, “I haven’t disabled the camera that you are talking about, but it has been disabled by the department.

“I think for security it is just common sense… I don’t think, as a general rule, there should be cameras in the secretary of state’s office.

“I’ve never known that in the other five departments that I’ve run and I am not really sure why there was one here.

“But I am sure there will be more to this as the whole incident is investigated.”

Buckland said, “I’ve never seen any camera facilities.

“I know there is CCTV in the building for obvious security reasons, but I am sure that many of my colleagues will be asking the same question and making sure that the offices are swept just in case there are unauthorised devices in there that could be a national security breach.

“I think that is the sensible thing to do.”

Jeremy Hunt who is the chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee warned that conversations between MPs and top officials must be protected in secure offices so that nothing can “be leaked to hostile powers.”

Hunt told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, “It’s completely unacceptable from a security point of view that ministers are being filmed inside their own offices without their knowledge.

“And so there’ll be issues that our intelligence agencies will want to look at very, very carefully.

“But there’s also another issue which is that ministers do need to have the ability to have frank, private conversations with their senior officials to debate things, so that they can understand issues, and know that those conversations will remain private if they’re going to be able to go through the thought processes that enable them to make the right decisions and so I think that will also be something on the minds of government ministers today.”

Hunt also warned that the leak of the video showing Hancock passionately kissing his aide had “possibly” been a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

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