Mr Hancock’s allies, however, insist he is far from any idea of a ministerial return.
He keeps a low profile in his constituency of Suffolk, where he receives regular visits from his children, and regularly runs long-distance races in hopes of competing in a marathon in the near future.
He will also have to settle into the life of a backbencher, stripped of the trappings of his office, and will need to seduce voters and members of his association who loved his wife, Martha.
She was the one who “kept the house fires up”, say the allies, playing the role of the loyal and hardworking MP’s wife while Mr Hancock pursued greater things as health secretary.
After throwing it away for Mrs Coladangelo, he faced a battle to build support for West Suffolk and began by campaigning for a cinema to be built in Newmarket.
Last week he was pictured picking up personal effects from his former marital home in London, including a coffee machine and a trash bag that appeared to be full of clothes.
Mr Hancock, 42, also has to adjust not only to the loss of his ministerial salary of £ 67,500, but also the prospect of having to pay a large chunk of his remaining backbench MP salary of £ 82,000 to his wife Martha if, as expected, they divorce.
Despite reports that Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo had moved in together, they are not yet living under the same roof, although Mr Hancock has told friends they remain in a serious relationship.
Friends of Ms Coladangelo, 43, believe the mother-of-three may still be trying to save her marriage to wealthy businessman Oliver Tress.
She is believed to have stayed with her children, but it is not known if her husband is also with her – the couple have a £ 4million home in London as well as a weekend home in West Sussex . At no time did she and Mr. Hancock live together.
According to friends, Mr Hancock remains hopeful of moving to Ms Coladangelo, but she has a lot to lose: her husband, chain store founder Oliver Bonas, is reputed to be worth £ 12million and is also his employer.
While working part-time as an advisor to Mr. Hancock, she was also Director of Marketing and Communications for Oliver Bonas.
Mr. Tress, her second husband, is also the father of her three children.