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

Covid-19: is there a ‘twindemic’ coming? – podcast

As the UK heads into autumn, Covid-19 appears to be surging again. According to official data, 40,650 people tested positive in England in the seven days up to and including 24 September. This was an increase of 42% on the week before. But as we brace for another wave, experts are also concerned about a … Read more

The deadly consequences of Britain’s lockdown drinking – podcast

Kathy Edge was always a social drinker, but didn’t think she had a problem with alcohol. In the early days of the Covid lockdown, she thought she was coping well and that her drinking was no worse than usual. “What the hell, I’m not going out, nothing’s open, I’m not seeing anybody,” she thought. But … Read more