‘Sickening, shameful, unforgivable’: MPs condemn Michelle Mone PPE firm revelations – video

MPs reacted with outrage following the growing controversy over a PPE company linked to the Conservative peer Michelle Mone after the Guardian reported that Mone referred the company to Tory ministers Michael Gove and Theodore Agnew. Mone’s referral got PPE Medpro into a ‘VIP lane’ securing it two contracts worth more than £203m. Millions of pounds … Read more

Gove under pressure to explain role in PPE deals for Mone-linked firm

Michael Gove is facing mounting pressure to fully explain his role in the government’s award of large PPE contracts to a company that was first recommended to him by the Tory peer Michelle Mone. Asked in an interview on Thursday how he had responded to Lady Mone’s approach in May 2020, Gove said he had … Read more

Michelle Mone PPE firm revelations prompt anger in Commons

The growing controversy over a PPE company linked to the Tory peer Michelle Mone has sparked an angry reaction in parliament, as MPs demanded an investigation into wider concerns over what one called “absolutely sickening, shameful and unforgivable” instances of politically connected firms profiteering from unusable PPE during the pandemic. Parliamentarians asked ministers for more … Read more

Revealed: Tory peer Michelle Mone secretly received £29m from ‘VIP lane’ PPE firm

The Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her children secretly received £29m originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to ministers, documents seen by the Guardian indicate. Lady Mone’s support helped the company, PPE Medpro, secure a place in a “VIP lane” the government used … Read more

Ramaphosa: We must stand firm against attempts to intimidate or silence journalists | The Citizen

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the nation to stand against any attempts to silence and intimidate journalists, ahead of Black Wednesday. On Wednesday, South Africa will observe Media Freedom Day, marking the events of 19 October 1977 and what became known as Black Wednesday. This was when the apartheid regime banned The World, Weekend … Read more

Billie Eilish Has a Firm Stance on the Scent Layering Debate

If you’re a Billie Eilish super fan or happen to land on her Instagram often, then you know the 20-year-old is a real-deal fragrance-buff. After her first launch into the beauty realm with Eilish, the singer is set to release the latest installation of her namesake collection. Contrary to the initial Eilish scent, Eilish No.2 … Read more

Ramaphosa vows cooperation with Biden, but firm on Russia ties | The Citizen

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday agreed to cooperate closely with US President Joe Biden on health, security and climate but warned against punishing African nations for maintaining ties with Russia. The Biden administration has put a new focus on Africa after being taken aback by the reluctance of some nations to condemn Russia over its … Read more