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The high cost of PPE supplies from friends of government ministers

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Dinahmo Sat 29-May-21 17:32:20

The following is an extract from the Good Law Project about evidence that they have about 2 more PPE contracts.

"Government gets a bona fide PPE offer from a would be supplier. The company has sourced the PPE, submitted a bid and passed through the technical checks. They’re close to signing on the dotted line. But at the eleventh hour they get dropped. Instead, Government buys the same thing from someone else. Someone who came in later but with close connections to Cabinet Ministers - and at an eye watering price.

This is a story we have heard, with close variants, again and again. But Government secrecy means we haven’t been able to corroborate it - until now.

The bare facts of what Good Law Project has learned about two contracts awarded to Pharmaceuticals Direct Limited (PDL) are extraordinary. We hold documents evidencing that:

Priti Patel and Boris Johnson’s adviser Munira Mirza pushed the case of two middlemen for PDL with Cabinet Office;
the first middleman was Samir Jassal. He is a Conservative councillor who has been photographed with Boris Johnson (and May and Cameron) and who has personal links to Priti Patel and a string of other high profile Conservative politicians;
the second middleman was Surbjit Shergill. A company he owned went from £200 to almost £10m in value in the year of the pandemic. Documents leaked to Good Law Project suggest he billed PDL over £16m for his services;
the first contract, for IIR face masks, was signed only six days after a direct intervention from Priti Patel – and for a price materially above the average price;
the second contract, for ‘Meixin 2016V’ FFP3 face masks, was concluded on 7 July - and only after officials from the political hub of PPE procurement, the Cabinet Office, overruled objections from DHSC that it was overpriced by £50m;
another bidder had passed technical assurance – and had even been sent a contract – to supply Meixin 2016Vs at the same time and in meaningfully the same quantity. On 2 July, they were told Government had already bought enough of that type of mask. Five days later Government spent over £100m buying Meixin 2016Vs from PDL"

No doubt there will be many who ignore this or refuse to believe it.

MaizieD Sun 30-May-21 00:27:50

And to think that people voted to leave the EU because of the purported Brussels gravy train.

Here's the UK 'Leave' government showing us how it is really done, to spectacular levels. With its leader at the very apex of the corruption mountain.

Esspee Sun 30-May-21 05:39:49

Snouts in the trough.

Urmstongran Sun 30-May-21 06:16:59

It is shocking.

I read that 20% of government procurement of PPE was handed out to friends of ministers.

Seems some people had a ‘good pandemic’.

Ro60 Sun 30-May-21 08:51:48

We all know it's happening - the corruption is abominable but there seems no way to stop it!

Polarbear2 Sun 30-May-21 09:29:08

I think that’s at the core of what gets to me about this lot. It’s not really political. It’s not about left or right or middle. It’s about integrity, being honourable, having high standards, honesty. I know most politicians have a dabble in dishonesty - it’s part of the game and, I’d guess, sometimes necessary to get things done - but this lot take it to a new level. Continues to astonish me that lots of people don’t seem to know - or care 🤷‍♀️