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Yet more examples of cronyism - from the Good Law Project

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Dinahmo Tue 22-Jun-21 10:53:18

I am quoting the contents of an email received yesterday which I hope will help to convince the unbelievers about how the govt has behaved with contracts given to people with no expertise in PPE.

Good Law Project is now able to reveal the names of six more companies awarded PPE contracts through the controversial ’VIP’ fast-track lane for associates of ministers and advisers. These six firms landed nearly half a billion pounds of public contracts - all without competition - and were uncovered in documents prised from Government in the course of our litigation:

Uniserve Limited is a logistics firm controlled by Iain Liddell. Prior to the pandemic the firm had no experience in supplying PPE, yet the firm landed a staggering £300m+ in PPE contracts from the DHSC and an eye watering £572m deal to provide freight services for the supply of PPE. The company shares the same address as Cabinet Minister Julia Lopez MP and is based in her constituency. Here they are together.

Draeger Safety UK Ltd which is a subsidiary of the Germany-based Draeger AG, landed a direct award contract in July 2020 to supply FFP3 masks valued at £87m.

Urathon Europe Limited, a Wiltshire based supplier of wheelchair accessories, was handed two contracts worth £74m to supply face masks. Correspondence released during our recent PPE hearing revealed the Urathon contracts were ‘escalated through VIP Channel’.

First Aid For Sport Limited, SanaClis, and Global United Trading and Sourcing PTE Ltd were awarded contracts from the DHSC worth a combined total of £28.6m.

The six companies revealed here are in addition to the six other ‘VIPs’ previously revealed by Good Law Project. In April we revealed documents showing P14 Medical, Luxe Lifestyle, and Meller Designs were fast-tracked down the ‘VIP’ route alongside Pestfix and Ayanda. P14 Medical, run by a Tory donor and ex-Tory councillor, was awarded £276m in PPE contracts. Meller Designs, run by another large Tory donor, David Meller, won more than £160m of PPE contracts. Luxe Lifestyle, a tiny recently-formed company with no staff and no experience in buying and selling PPE, was awarded a contract worth £26m after being referred to the VIP lane by an MP.

This followed our scoop last December that Government had handed PPE Medpro, a firm linked to an associate of a Conservative peer with mystery investors, £200m of PPE contracts via the 'high-priority lane.'

It’s been months of battle to get here. Why is Government so determined to keep the names of VIPs hidden? At whose request did they get ushered through the VIP lane? Documents revealed during our High Court hearing last month show civil servants were “drowning” in referrals from politically connected individuals, which were “consuming bandwidth to progressing viable opportunities”.

The NAO says 47 companies received PPE contracts after being referred to the VIP lane. Our investigations and cases have so far revealed the names of 12 of those companies.

NotSpaghetti Tue 22-Jun-21 11:03:12

The trouble with this is it involves reading.

The "ordinary person on the street" wants bite-sized simple info it seems.
Nobody really cares to read the details and then thinking about it and extrapolating.

Soozikinzi Tue 22-Jun-21 11:05:52

When I was teaching all the staff had to fill a form in with any business interests our families had . To check for any bias or cronyism . Seems ridiculous now !

NotSpaghetti Tue 22-Jun-21 11:06:50

I had to declare even small gifts (eg wine or chocolates over a fiver).

GillT57 Tue 22-Jun-21 15:09:50

I send money to The Good Law Project, not much, but what I can as I think they are the only ones digging around and publishing this disgraceful corruption that just doesn't seem to bother people. My DH is a Parish Councillor and when I ran my business, and when he still had his, all interests had to be declared. Why can such obvious fraud be waived aside? I note too that Ms Patel is trying to stop crowd funding of groups such as The Good Law Project. It is not just corrupt, it is now sinister.

Dinahmo Tue 22-Jun-21 15:20:29

I would like to be around long enough to see what historians make of these period.

GillT57 Tue 22-Jun-21 15:30:18

Gosh yes. I have long said to my DS who read History at University that there will soon be a module on the Brexit/Johnson/Trump years when they will discuss the madness which overtook the electorate who seemed to fall for every con man, cheat and liar, who believed what the right wing press wrote and who seemed, collectively, to lose the skills of analysis, research and simple common sense. I hope I live long enough to come out the other side of this madness, and to see a few of the politicians arrested for fraud and corruption.