Matt Hancock’s role at the United Nations has been withdrawn – sport news football96

A United Nations vacancy has been withdrawn for former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mr Hancock announced earlier this week that he had been given a role in helping the African economy recover from Covid.

This UN said that Mr. Hancock would bring valuable experience to the role – but it has now told him that the appointment is “not moving forward”.

Leading figures across Africa and British opposition parties had criticized the UN’s choice of MP for this role.

Mr. Hancock was unavailable for comment.

Ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock receives UN role
On Tuesday, the former health minister tweeted a copy of the letter from UN Under-Secretary-General Vera Songwe offering him the unpaid role.

He was congratulated by former cabinet colleagues including Foreign Minister Liz Truss, Housing Minister Michael Gove and Culture Minister Nadine Dorries.

However, the West Suffolk MP has faced a backlash from critics on social media, who pointed out that an extremely critical report by MPs on the UK government’s handling of the pandemic had been released on the same day.

Mr. Hancock’s new role came four months after he resigned from his cabinet post for violating social distancing guidelines by kissing a colleague.

He had planned to continue as a Tory MP while serving as the UN Special Envoy on Financial Innovation and Climate Change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

In her letter to Mr. Hancock who offered him the position, Ms. Songwe said his “success” in handling the UK pandemic response was testament to the strengths he would bring to the role.

In his response, the MP said: “As we recover from the pandemic, we must seize this moment to ensure that Africa can thrive.”

The withdrawal of the offer was welcomed by the Global Justice Now campaign group.

The group’s director, Nick Dearden, said, “If Matt Hancock wants to help African countries recover from the pandemic, he should use the Prime Minister to support patent waivers on Covid-19 vaccines.

“If he had done that when he was in government, tens of millions of people could have been vaccinated.

“The last thing the African continent needs is a failed British politician. This is not the 19th century.”

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