Matt Hancock climbs ladder at RAF base in latest bid to return to top

The only way is UP for action man Matt Hancock! Ex-Health Secretary climbs ladder at RAF base in latest bid to return to the top of politicsafter his considerable FALL from grace

  • Matt Hancock was pictured climbing a ladder outside constituency RAF base
  • Ex-Health Secretary in ‘high spiritsas he laughed and joked with plane spotters
  • The visit follows pictures of swim in Hyde Park’s icy Serpentine lake on Tuesday
  • He also evoked the late Steve Jobs at Jingle Bells Ball appearance last month
  • Matt Hancock has been pictured climbing a ladder during a visit to an RAF base in his latest bid to return to the top of politics following a considerable fall from grace.

    The former Health Secretary’s ‘comeback tourhas included peeling off the layers for a dip in Hyde Park’s icy Serpentine lake and evoking the late Steve Jobs in a roll neck and jeans during an unlikely appearance at Capital FM’s Jingle Bells Ball in recent weeks.

    And the stunt-loving Mr Hancock joined plane spotters during a visit to RAF Lakenheath for a meeting in his West Suffolk constituency on Thursday.

    The ex-minister climbed one of the group’s ladders to get a better view of aircraft landing and taking off from the military base.

    One of the plane lovers told MailOnline that Mr Hancock was in ‘high spiritsas he laughed and joked with the group.

    Hulle het bygevoeg: ‘He said he was at the base for some official meeting as he’s the local MP.

    ‘He only stayed for a few minutes but seemed in high spirits and was laughing and joking with us and seemed determined to try out our kit.’

    Matt Hancock joined a group of plane spotters during a visit to RAF Lakenheath in his West Suffolk on Thursday

    Matt Hancock joined a group of plane spotters during a visit to RAF Lakenheath in his West Suffolk on Thursday

    The former Health Secretary was at the RAF base for a meeting, but found time to climb a ladder for a better view of aircraft taking off from the site

    The former Health Secretary was at the RAF base for a meeting, but found time to climb a ladder for a better view of aircraft taking off from the site

    Mr Hancock pictured staring into the distance as he continues his 'comeback tour' following recent trips to the Jingle Bell Ball and a dip in Hyde Park's icy Serpentine lake

    Mr Hancock pictured staring into the distance as he continues his ‘comeback tourfollowing recent trips to the Jingle Bell Ball and a dip in Hyde Park’s icy Serpentine lake

    The ex-minister was said to be in 'high spirits' as he laughed and joked with the group of pkane spotters

    The ex-minister was said to be in ‘high spiritsas he laughed and joked with the group of pkane spotters

    Mr Hancock pictured smiling and laughing with a group of plane spotters, each equipped with large cameras

    Mr Hancock pictured smiling and laughing with a group of plane spotters, each equipped with large cameras

    Mr Hancock found time away from his meeting at the base to frequent an area popular with plane spotters

    Mr Hancock found time away from his meeting at the base to frequent an area popular with plane spotters

    Mr Hancock was forced to quit in disgrace following a lockdown-busting affair with married aide and millionaire lobbyist Gina Coladangelo in his Whitehall office in June.

    The jaw-dropping footage was taken on May 6 – less than a fortnight before the Government relaxed safety rules including giving permission to hug.

    The father-of-three subsequently ended his 15-year marriage to wife Martha and has pursued a relationship Ms Coladangelo, a former university friend who was also married with three children.

    Mr Hancock briefly laid low as the scandal commanded headlines, but he has had a steadier higher profile in recent weeks.

    Mr Hancock’s trip to the RAF base comes two days after he stripped off for a bracing winter swim in Hyde Park’s icy Serpentine lake at 7.45am on Tuesday.

    The 43-year-old braved London’s an air temperature of zero and water at just 4C for a plunge after a jog with the Parliamentary Running Club.

    He was pictured getting in and braving the screamingly cold waters to paddle for around 20m before deciding that discretion was the better part of valour and retreating to a warming towel.

    Mr Hancock was joined in the water by former Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Lord Bethell, who was a junior health minister under him when in government.

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

    Disgraced former minister Matt Hancock today continued his 'comeback tour' by debuting a bold new look at a red carpet event

    Hancock at the Capital Radio Jingle Bells Ball in London on Saturday night

    Disgraced former minister Matt Hancock today continued his ‘comeback tourby debuting a bold new look at a red carpet event in London

    The 43-year-old braved London's sub-zero temperatures for a plunge after a jog with the Parliamentary Running Club

    The 43-year-old braved London’s sub-zero temperatures for a plunge after a jog with the Parliamentary Running Club

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

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

    In a rare public appearance, disgraced ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock and lover Gina Coladangelo cosy up to another as they take an early morning walk in London

    In a rare public appearance, disgraced ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock and lover Gina Coladangelo cosy up to another as they take an early morning walk in London

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

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

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

    He also took part in the 2021 London marathon in October to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care in his West Suffolk constituency.

    And Mr Hancock continued his return by opting for a black roll neck sweater and blue jeans for Capital FM’s Jingle Bells Ball last month.

    The look bore a striking resemblance to the iconic outfit of the late American businessman Steve Jobs, who was known for wearing a mock turtleneck, Levi blue jeans, and New Balance sneakers.

    He looked a far-cry from his usual suit and tie looks that he wore every day as a member of the Cabinet.

    Earlier the same day, he was pictured holding hands with lover Gina on an early morning stroll just days after he publicly apologised for the affair and admitted the infamous kiss was ‘a failure of leadership’.

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