Trade minister Greg Hands reveals his father has died of coronavirus-related pneumonia in a care home and pays tribute to staff during ‘especially poignant’ Clap For Our Carers event
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A government minister has revealed his father died in a care home from pneumonia ‘brought on by coronavirus’ and paid tribute to staff during an ‘especially poignant’ Clap For Our Carers.
Greg Hands, the Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade, took part in last night’s event to honour care and health sector staff after his father passed away on Monday.
Mr Hands described his father as a ‘brilliant grammar school scientist’ and ‘determined man’, adding that he will be ‘sorely missed’.
Greg Hands took part in last night’s Clap For Our Carers event as he revealed his father had died on Monday of pneumonia ‘brought on by coronavirus’
The Trade minister described his father as a ‘brilliant grammar school scientist’ and a ‘determined man’
The Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham last night tweeted a picture of him taking part in the now weekly clapping event which has seen communities across the nation come together to pay tribute to people on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.
Mr Hands said: ‘Great to be out there, clapping for our carers, including those in our care homes.
‘Especially poignant for me this week after the death of my father in his care home, on Monday, of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19….’
The senior Tory then tweeted again, this time with a selection of photographs of his father.
He said: ‘…My father is another care home COVID death, but I remember him as a brilliant grammar school scientist, a single-minded & determined man, worked his way out of poverty, fought hard and gave his best.
‘He will be sorely missed. 1934-2020, RIP.’
Fellow Tory trade minister Conor Burns replied: ‘So sad Greg. Especially when you are doing such amazing work [at the Department for International Trade] leading our efforts on getting the kit we need for the NHS front line. Thinking of you my friend.’
Mr Hands has been the Tory MP for Chelsea and Fulham since the 2010 general election.
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