2022-11-24 16:58:15

Gove under pressure to explain role in PPE deals for Mone-linked firm

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The Guardian
By David Conn

Michael Gove is facing mounting pressure to fully explain his role in the governments award of large PPE contracts to a company that was first recommended to him by the Tory peer Michelle Mone.

Asked in an interview on Thursday how he responded to Lady Mones approach in May 2020, Gove said he referred all offers of PPE to the appropriate civil service channels.

That explanation appears at odds with a chain of emails previously released under the Freedom of Information Act that shed light on how the company, PPE Medpro, was added to a VIP lane that prioritised politically connected firms. The emails suggest that after initially being contacted by Mone, Gove suggested she contact another then minister, the Tory peer Theodore Agnew.

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She then did so, emailing both Gove and Lord Agnew using their private, non-governmental email addresses to tell them about PPE that could be procured from my team in Hong Kong. It was Agnew, who was then a minister in the Cabinet Office responsible for procurement, who referred PPE Medpro to the VIP lane.

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