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PippaZ Tue 20-Apr-21 12:55:57

This is the latest email from The Good Law Project

We already knew that Boris Johnson had misled Parliament when he insisted in February 2021 that all COVID contracts were now “on the record”. Now we’ve uncovered a new contract that makes further nonsense of that claim.

In July 2020 Pharmaceuticals Direct Limited was handed a £102.6 million Government PPE contract - without any competition. Though it was awarded the multi-million pound deal to supply face masks last July, Government failed to publish any details relating to the contract until March this year. In fact, it was only after our lawyers wrote to Government about Pharmaceuticals Direct that this lucrative contract was disclosed, long after Boris Johnson claimed all contract details were on the record. The company’s named representative was a man named Samir Jassal.

Samir Jassal is a well-connected figure within the Conservative Party. A two-time Conservative Party parliamentary candidate and former councillor, he has met Boris Johnson on at least three occasions, with the last meeting held in October 2020. According to his LinkedIn profile, he was an adviser in No.10 during David Cameron’s premiership in 2015 and has worked with several other prominent Conservative Party figures, including the Home Secretary Priti Patel and Minister Zac Goldsmith. Jassal has also donated £4,000 to the Conservative Party in recent years.

This £102.6 million contract is not the only one handed to Pharmaceuticals Direct by the Department for Health and Social Care - the firm received an earlier PPE contract in May 2020, worth £28.8 million. Both deals were directly awarded to the firm without any competition.

The High Court has already ruled that Government acted unlawfully by failing to publish details of Covid-related contracts. The appearance of bias in some of these lucrative contracts awarded without competition is cause for even greater concern.

The more details that we uncover on PPE contracts, the more serious the questions that arise. In this case Government's apparent amnesia when it comes to its legal obligations has prevented timely public scrutiny of a multi-million pound direct award to a Tory party member and donor.

We intend to get answers. To hold Government to account and protect public funds, we have sent a pre-action protocol letter initiating legal proceedings.

stewaris Fri 30-Apr-21 20:13:53

Unfortunately, like Scotland, Westminster doesn't have a really good opposition party. I think Labour have lost their way for quite some time now and I'm not sure Keir Starmer is the man to bring them back.

Nandalot Sun 02-May-21 09:48:58

So Johnson allegedly asked Tory donors to pay for his personal trainer and his nanny!
Also reported in Sunday Mail.
Well, he always said he would be hard put to survive on the PM salary of £150,000.

Nandalot Sun 02-May-21 13:44:05

The Good Law Project has revealed names of more companies who have benefitted from PPE contracts.
One of them was insolvent and has no employees!
The article makes very shocking reading.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 03-May-21 07:33:52

“The story about Johnson soliciting donations for domestic help illustrates the key problem: not only that he insists on living beyond his means but that what we know about is just the tip of the iceberg. The PM has no scruples and we have no idea who or how much he owes”.


Whitewavemark2 Mon 03-May-21 07:45:30

Line of Duty caught their man - as Hastings said it was

Corruption masquerading as blundering

Parsley3 Mon 03-May-21 10:21:40

WWM2 That is what I am thinking and Mercurio is no fan of the PM.

NotSpaghetti Mon 03-May-21 16:06:42

Nandalot I only discovered this about the nanny yesterday. It seems extraordinary to me.

Whilst some employers do have childcare perks, the idea that you can just expect someone else to stump up is mind boggling.

varian Mon 03-May-21 17:44:12

Whereas ordinary folk have children, love them and take care of them, BJ has so many children he can't count them and wants Tory donors or taxpayers to take care of his latest child.

Eloethan Mon 03-May-21 20:27:09

I think you're spot on there whitewave.

MayBee70 Tue 04-May-21 23:49:51

What’s all this about Jo Johnson being a director at Dyson?