UK’s Hancock appears to lose UN job days after accepting it

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The U.Okay.’s ex-Well being Minister Matt Hancock appears to have misplaced his job as an U.N. envoy for Africa, just days after the announcement of his appointment unleashed a wave of congratulations from former-ministerial colleagues and indignation from improvement campaigners.

“Mr. Hancock’s appointment by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa just isn't being taken forward,” U.N. spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric was quoted telling PassBlue, a journalism website specialised in U.N. points

Hancock resigned from the U.Okay. government in June after he was caught on CCTV kissing an aide in breach of presidency social-distancing tips. On the time, he was additionally dealing with heavy criticism for his initial management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Britain.

On Tuesday, Hancock introduced his appointment as the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa’s envoy for financial innovation and climate change. The job was seen as a chance for the disgraced politician to rebuild his fame.

“I’ll be working … to assist African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable improvement,” he wrote on Twitter. Former colleagues rushed to precise help. Overseas Secretary Liz Truss and Sajid Javid, Hancock’s successor as well being minister, have been amongst those tweeting congratulations.

However Hancock’s appointment soon came underneath hearth. It was announced on the same day that the British parliament released a highly critical report on the federal government’s early response to the pandemic. Campaigners additionally pointed to Hancock’s position in the worldwide response to the disaster.

Improvement marketing campaign group International Justice Now cited leaked documents indicating Britain and the U.S. blocked makes an attempt by poorer nations to fabricate their very own vaccines. The London-based organisation welcomed the news that Hancock would not be given the job.

“It’s right for the UN to reconsider this appointment,” it tweeted. “The very last thing the African continent needs is a failed British politician. This isn’t the 19th Century.”

There was no quick public comment on the news from Hancock. An announcement of his appointment was not out there on the website of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa.