MATT Hancock is being tipped for a shock return to the Cabinet as the PM plots a summer reset reshuffle.
And senior sources suggested the former Health Secretary could end up back at the Cabinet table.
They told The Sun: “You can never write him off.”
It comes exactly a year after The Sun revealed that Mr Hancock had been having a secret affair with his aide during Covid.
He was caught snogging Gina Coladangelo in his office on CCTV.
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The scandal sparked a massive public outcry and he eventually quit.
But the ambitious ex minister – who split from his wife and is now with Gina – is known to be desperate to get back into the Cabinet.
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On a reshuffle, they added: “Nothing like that is likely to happen until there is proper time to sit down and have a proper think about whether there’s a need, and if so, what is the need?
“And if so, what are the challenges for different departments and what the right people are in those departments to meet those challenges.
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“That’s a big, sober, professional piece of work that requires more time than is in the diary in the next few weeks.
“Recess kicks off at some point in July so there will be a time to come back to all these things in due course.”