Sunday 4 July 2021 / 12:01 PM Anneliese Dodds

Labour calls for answers from Javid on why member of his team gave Hancock aide access to Parliament

Labour has intensified calls for the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, to provide answers how Matt Hancock’s aide Gina Coladangelo was given the right to enter Parliament.

Archived pages of the Register of Interests for Lords’ staff show that Lord Bethell of Romford, who serves as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation at the Department of Health and Social Care, sponsored a separate security pass for Ms Coladangelo after that date.

The Labour Party has called for Javid to sack Lord Bethell from his role after revelations about his role in the pass being granted, a string of undisclosed meetings and his use of his private email for government business.

Dodds has already called on the Lords Commissioner for Standards to establish why Ms Coladangelo was granted a pass by Lord Bethell and what work she did for his office.

Official documents show that Ms Coladangelo was granted security clearance and a pass to the Parliamentary estate in June 2019 – the same time that Matt Hancock was bidding to become Conservative leader. She first appears on the Register of Interests of Members’ Secretaries and Researchers under the name of Gina Tress on 14 June 2019 and is listed up to 7 February 2020.

She did not list any other employment on the register, though at the time she was also working as marketing and communications director at Oliver Bonas.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Chair of the Labour Party, said:

“Sajid Javid needs to explain Matt Hancock and Lord Bethell’s actions.

“Why was Gina Coladangelo granted the right to enter Parliament unchecked when he launched his bid to become their leader? What work did she do for him in Parliament? And why did Hancock’s chum Lord Bethell dish her out a pass to the Lords after her Commons one had expired?

“There cannot be one rule for the Conservatives and their friends and another for everyone else.”