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

PPE Medpro declines to say how it would repay millions if told to do so

The company awarded large government personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts after an introduction by the Conservative peer Michelle Mone has declined to say how it would repay millions of pounds of public money for unused equipment if ordered to do so following a dispute with the government. The Guardian reported this week that leaked documents … Read more

‘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

Tories run for the hills rather than face Labour over Michelle Mone and PPE | John Crace

Spare a thought for Neil O’Brien. A minister so beige, so junior, that not even his colleagues know he is working with them. At home, he merges into the muted pastel paintwork. So much so that his family aren’t always aware if he’s there or not. So it’s a wonder he even became a minister, … 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

Lady Mone is accused and still the Tories won’t come clean about PPE. What are they hiding? | Angela Rayner

The new Guardian revelations about Michelle Mone – claims that she 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 – go way beyond startling headlines. They also clearly highlight the conflicts of interest and failures of due … 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

Michael Gove: I referred offers of help with PPE to the appropriate civil service channels – video

Michael Gove has said he referred all offers of help with personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic to the ‘appropriate civil service channels’. The levelling up secretary was being asked about the Conservative peer Michelle Mone contacting him on his personal email to recommend a PPE business, after the Guardian revealed she and her … 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