After his appointment to the United Nations was not “taken forward,” Matt Hancock was left red faced.
Mr Hancock was due to be named as the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s “UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.”
However, a UN spokeswoman informed UN news agency Pass Blue that his appointment had not been “taken forward.”
Mr Hancock had just resorted to Twitter to express his gratitude for the honour he had received following his appointment.
“Honoured to be appointed United Nations Special Representative,” he tweeted.
“I’ll be working with the UN and UN Economic Commission for Africa to help African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable development.”
The United Nations issued the following statement: “Hancock’s appointment by the UN Economic Commission for Africa is not being taken forward.”
“ECA has advised him of the matter.”
The news that Mr Hancock has been fired from the United Nations has sparked a flurry of reactions on Twitter.
Mr Hancock recently posted an online letter from UN Under-Secretary-General Vera Songwe, in which she lauded Mr Hancock’s “success” in dealing with the UK’s Covid reaction prior to his appointment.
“[The] acceleration of vaccines that has led the UK move faster towards economic recovery is one testament to the strengths that you will bring to this role, together with your fiscal and monetary experience,” Ms Songwe added.
She expressed her desire to appoint Mr Hancock “given your global leadership, advocacy reach and in-depth understanding of government processes through your various ministerial cabinet roles.”
The chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, MP Tom Tugendhat, had first hailed the appointment on Twitter, saying that it was “fascinating and important appointment.”
“Boosting the economies of Africa is one of the most essential tasks of this generation,” he continued.