Matt Hancock’s “inside story of the pandemic” will be published later this year, he has announced.

During an interview on GB News on Wednesday night, the former health secretary said he would be releasing a book about his experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, with royalties to be donated to NHS charities.

Twitter users were quick to mock the West Suffolk MP, who resigned as health secretary after footage of him breaching his own Covid rules by kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo leaked last summer. One person tweeted that he “must be the least self-aware person on the planet” while another suggested that the book should be titled “the adulterer’s guide to social distancing”.

The book, in which Hancock will look back at how he and his fellow ministers handled the coronavirus outbreak, has been bought by political publisher Biteback, which has previously published books by MP Oliver Letwin and rightwing commentator Katie Hopkins.

The publisher said it is “delighted” to announce Hancock’s book, which it describes as a “unique and candid account of Britain’s battle to turn the tide against Covid-19”.

The book will “offer an honest assessment of the lessons we need to learn for next time – because there will be a next time”, added the publisher.