Are you chilly, Matt? Ex-minister Hancock, 43, strips naked for an invigorating swim in the Serpentine

Are you chilly, Matt? Hancock once again finds himself out in the cold as the disgraced 43-year-old ex-Minister strips naked for an invigorating swim in the Serpentine after a run in Hyde Park

  • He took off the nappies for a dip in the icy Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park this morning
  • The 43-year-old ran with the Parliamentary Running Club
  • He got on board and braved the freezing cold waters to paddle about 20m










He’s been in the cold politically lately, but Matt Hancock positively embraced the cold today as he stripped down for an invigorating winter swim.

The disgraced former health secretary, forced to resign last year after a lockdown affair with a senior aide, peeled off the diapers for a dip in Hyde Park’s icy Serpentine Lake this morning.

The 43-year-old braved sub-zero London temperatures to take the plunge after a jog with the Parliamentary Running Club.

He entered and braved the extremely cold waters to paddle around 20m before deciding stealth was the best part of bravery and retreated into a heated towel, the Standard reported.

He was joined in the water by former Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Lord Bethell, who was health minister under him when he was in government.

The former Health Secretary took off nappies for a dip in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake this morning

The 43-year-old braved sub-zero London temperatures to take a dip after jogging with the Parliamentary Running Club

The 43-year-old braved sub-zero London temperatures to take a dip after jogging with the Parliamentary Running Club

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock

He entered and braved the extremely cold waters to paddle around 20m before deciding stealth was the best part of bravery and retreated into a heated towel, the Standard reported.

He was joined in the water by former Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Lord Bethell, who was health minister under him when he was in government.

He was joined in the water by former Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Lord Bethell, who was health minister under him when he was in government.

It is not the first time that Mr Hancock has shown his sporting prowess in front of the cameras.

Last year he was surprised by Standard leaping energetically over the fences of St James’s Park in Westminster.

He also ran the 2021 London Marathon in October to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in his constituency of West Suffolk.

Critics claimed it was a crude attempt to rebuild his shattered reputation after he left government in June for breaking Covid rules with his mistress aide Gina Coladangelo.

But the movement quickly backfired, with his JustGiving page flooded with people calling themselves Martha Hancock, Del Boy, the Prime Minister and even his mother donating the minimum sum and writing an accompanying message condemning his behavior. .

The Met Office said temperatures were around average for the time of year, with overnight lows of 1C (33.8F) in London.

The Met Office said temperatures were around average for the time of year, with overnight lows of 1C (33.8F) in London.

Mr Hancock quit government in June for breaking Covid rules with his mistress aide Gina Coladangelo (below)

Mr Hancock quit government in June for breaking Covid rules with his mistress aide Gina Coladangelo (below)

Bracing: Previous swimmers had to break through a layer of ice on the serpentine before entering this morning.

Bracing: Previous swimmers had to break through a layer of ice on the serpentine before entering this morning.

Last year he was surprised by Standard leaping energetically over the fences of St James's Park in Westminster.

Last year he was surprised by Standard leaping energetically over the fences of St James’s Park in Westminster.

He also ran the 2021 London Marathon in October to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in his constituency of West Suffolk.

He also ran the 2021 London Marathon in October to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care in his constituency of West Suffolk.

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