Angela Rayner comments on news Lord Bethell used his private email accounts for thousands of messages relating to Covid contracts
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on news Lord Bethell used his private email accounts for thousands of messages relating to Covid contracts, said:
“Lord Bethell has shown contempt for the British people by dishing out taxpayers’ money to his mates in private and then trying to cover it up. At the height of the pandemic the first priority for ministers should have been saving lives, not enriching their mates.
“It is vital that the Information Commissioner’s investigation gets to the bottom of this racket, and this investigation must be extended to other government departments and other Ministers. These emails must be secured for the public inquiry so we know exactly what has been going on in secret.
“After he has handed over these emails Lord Bethell should clear his desk. He has breached security rules, broken the Ministerial Code and ignored basic standards of integrity and transparency in public office. If he had any shame he would resign and if the Prime Minister had a backbone he would sack him.”