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

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

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