Matt Hancock squirms as Phillip Schofield asks if dyslexia caused office tryst

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Matt Hancock was left squirming in an incredibly awkward moment on This Morning after Phillip Schofield asked if his dyslexia had caused him to misread social distancing rules.

The former Health Secretary was caught on camera in a steamy clinch with his office aide earlier this year, despite telling the public to keep away from each other as part of pandemic guidelines.

Hancock, 43, was on This Morning to promote a new campaign about dyslexia, explaining that he struggled with it himself.

And after the friendly chat was over, Phillip, 59, smoothly said: "Was it your dyslexia which caused you to misread social distancing rules?"

The politician appeared lost for words for a moment before he stuttered as he said: "I can't blame that on dyslexia or anything else."

He went on: "I'm not asking for any special favours.

"Because I'm in politics I've got some things to offer… in that case, that was a mistake and I've apologised for it."

Hancock told Schofe: "It was a failure of leadership as I'd come on here to ask people to do things and then I didn't follow those rules myself."

He finished: "It was a failure on my part and I apologise for it."

Hancock later quit his role as health secretary after apologising initially for his rule breaking snog.

Phillip asked if he wanted to go back into a similar role, but he said he was "not in any rush".

He said: "I'd always wanted to make improvements for people who are dyslexic but I'd never been in a position to do that, now I'm back bench I can do that."

He continued: "Some people see ministerial positions as the be and end all of politics and I don't agree with that."

Bringing it back to a more jovial topic, Holly Willoughby asked their guest what his plans for Christmas were.

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