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Tory corruption & sleaze (lobbying, second jobs, dodgy contracts etc)

Discussion in 'off topic' started by ks.234, Nov 3, 2021.

  1. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Michelle Mone, a Conservative peer and founder of a lingerie brand, was “incandescent with rage” about the government’s treatment of a company she referred for Covid-19 related contracts, according to correspondence seen by the Financial Times. An email sent to government colleagues by Jacqui Rock, chief commercial officer for NHS Test and Trace, revealed a level of engagement between Mone and PPE Medpro, which has links to Mone’s husband’s businesses, and was awarded £200m of contracts to supply personal protective equipment to the NHS.

    The email stated that: “Baroness Mone is going to Michael Gove and Matt Hancock today as she is incandescent with rage on the way she believes Medpro have been treating [sic].”

    Rock explained that Mone believed the company was being “fobbed off” in relation to the validation process for its Covid testing technology. Rock told her colleagues that “this is going to blow up today”, in the email sent on February 10. The depiction of Mone was viewed as “lobbying” by one test and trace official, who told the FT it “riled me no end”.

    Last week, Politico revealed that Mone had been the “source of referral” between the government and PPE Medpro. Mone previously told the FT that no such meeting with government ministers had taken place.

    One of PPE Medpro’s directors, Anthony Page, is also a director of the Knox House Trust, part of the Knox group, a group of companies founded by the businessman Douglas Barrowman, Mone’s husband. Page had been the registered secretary for MGM Media — a company that manages Mone’s personal brand, according to the House of Lords register of financial interests — until he quit the role on the day PPE Medpro was set up.

    PPE Medpro, which was incorporated in May 2020, came under scrutiny last year when it emerged that the government had awarded the PPE contracts after the business was placed in a “high-priority lane” — a fast-track process for referred companies. Both contracts, for £80m and £122m two weeks apart, were awarded without competitive tender.

    Mone said in a statement that she was “neither an investor, director or shareholder in any way associated with PPE Medpro” and she had “never had any role or function in PPE Medpro, nor in the process by which contracts were awarded to PPE Medpro”.

    Millions of hospital gowns supplied by PPE Medpro under the original £122m contract were never used as they did not receive regulatory approval, the BBC reported last year.
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  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Is this the era of the anti-viral brassiere?
  3. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  4. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    The 'booster'?
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  5. Spraggons Den

    Spraggons Den pfm Member

    I presume they weren't meant to have a flap opening at the front.
  6. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    HM Revenue and Customs has struck a deal to relocate tax officials into a new office complex in Newcastle owned by major Conservative party donors through an offshore company based in a tax haven, the Guardian can reveal.

    The department’s planned new home in the north-east of England is part of a regeneration scheme developed by a British Virgin Islands (BVI) entity controlled by the billionaire property tycoons David and Simon Reuben.

    The deal will see officials at the government department responsible for preventing tax avoidance working from a site owned by a subsidiary of a company based in a secretive offshore tax jurisdiction.
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  7. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    From the article above:

    You couldn't make it up.
    TheDecameron, robs, Nick_G and 3 others like this.
  8. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Feels as though we're rapidly reaching the point where the Tories won't be learning from Putin as much as Putin will be learning from the Tories.
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  9. palacefan

    palacefan pfm Member

    On another site someone remarked that the "Tories are just interested in Tories....not the country"

    Always thus and part of the class system that controls people/peasants.

    Power to the people.............Tooting popular front 2021
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  10. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    As one wit posted in the FT comments section the other day - we're not even a banana republic... we're a banana monarchy ;-)
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  11. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    No doubt a substantial proportion of this will find its way into the pockets of donors to the Tory Party.
    But anyway, why? How does a "globally engaged war fighting force" have any relevance to the UK in 2021? The MoD is being run by David Brent with the attitudes of 150 years ago.
    Spend the money on help for refugees and asylum seekers across the world, the people who suffer from wars run by politicians with delusions of imperial power.
  12. slavedata

    slavedata pfm Member

    Lets hope the 8bN will include some ear defenders for the poor buggars that have to ride in the quality armoured cars provided.
  13. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Or as someone on pfm put it, a turnip monarchy.
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  14. Spraggons Den

    Spraggons Den pfm Member

    I feel sorry for the folk of the Armed Forces as some bright spark who probably doesn’t know the sharp end of a rifle from the blunt seems to impose yet another radical overhaul on them every couple of years or so.

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