Former health secretary Matt Hancock has announced his comeback as a United Nations special representative to Africa.
The former health secretary will focus on helping African countries recover from Covid-19.
Hancock said he was "honoured" to have been given the role, adding on Twitter : “ I 'll be working with the UN, the UN Economic Commission for Africa to help African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable development. ” It comes four months after he resigned from his Cabinet role for breaking social distancing rules by kissing and embracing an aide in his office.
"Your success on the United Kingdom's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the acceleration of vaccines that has led the UK move faster toward economic recovery is one testament to the strengths that you will bring to this role, together with your fiscal and monetary experience."
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, part of the People's Vaccine Alliance demanding global vaccine equity, added : "Matt Hancock helped to block international efforts to allow low and middle-income countries to produce their own COVID-19 vaccines, leading to millions of deaths in the global south.
"The audacity of this man claiming to help African nations and promote sustainable development is sickening."
Hancock's appointment, which will be unpaid, comes as a damning report from MPs was published on how errors and delays by the UK government and scientific advisers cost lives during the pandemic.
In a wide-ranging report, MPs said the UK ’ s planning was too "narrowly and inflexibly based on a flu model" that failed to learn the lessons from Sars, Mers and Ebola.
The Daily Mail understands he won the unpaid job thanks to Nimko Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation who is a close friend of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's wife Carrie.
CCTV images showed him in an embrace with Gina Coladangelo in his office in the Department of Health and Social Care.
Last night Mr Hancock said he was honoured to become UN Special Representative on Financial Innovation and Climate Change.
"It is critical that we seize this moment to ensure Africa can both strengthen its economic recovery and the sustainability of its development," he added.
Mr Hancock was a Bank of England economist before entering Parliament in 2010 and the UN's Economic Commission for Africa said he had been awarded his new role 'based on his economic policy expertise ’ as well as his ‘ in-depth understanding of government ’.
The response, which only yesterday – lest we forget, the very same day that Hancock announced his whizzy new job – was described by a parliamentary report as, "one of the most important public health failures the UK has ever experienced".
Put into this sort of context, it is easy to see why the United Nations would want to get Hancock on board.
The UN was, we learn, impressed by Hancock's "global leadership, advocacy reach and in-depth understanding of government process".
Perhaps I'm being unfair, though.
Mr Hancock, who resigned as health secretary in June after his affair with an aide was revealed, posted a letter from Vera Songwe, under-secretary general of the UN, asking him to be the special representative.
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