Ministers face pressure to explain PPE Medpro contracts decision

Ministers will come under intense pressure this week to explain how they assessed that a personal protective equipment (PPE) company linked to the Conservative peer Michelle Mone was fit to receive government contracts worth more than £200m during the pandemic. Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, has drawn up a list of parliamentary questions over the … Read more

Angela Rayner asks urgent question on government ‘VIP lane’ for PPE contracts – video

Labour was granted an urgent question in the Commons on Thursday about the government’s due diligence in granting PPE contracts to firms via its ‘VIP lane’. This comes after the Guardian revealed Tory peer Michelle Mone secretly received £29m after her husband passed on money from PPE Medpro, a company that was awarded £200m in … Read more

Challenge to government’s lateral flow test contracts rejected by high court

A legal challenge to the government’s award of multimillion-pound contracts for lateral flow tests that later failed to gain regulatory approval has been rejected by the high court. The health and social care secretary’s decision to grant three contracts to UK firm Abingdon Health was the subject of litigation by campaigning organisation Good Law Project … Read more

Government admits 50 firms were in VIP lane for test and trace contracts

The government has admitted that 50 firms were put in a “priority” lane for securing test and trace contracts worth billions, including Immensa, the company involved in a scandal over 43,000 false negative results. The UK Health and Security Agency revealed the names of the 50 companies to the Good Law Project, the campaigning organisation … Read more