Wednesday 12 January 2022 / 12:50 PM Angela Rayner / Coronavirus

Angela Rayner responds to High Court ruling Government use of PPE VIP lane was unlawful

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responding to the High Court ruling that the Government’s use of a VIP lane for PPE contracts was unlawful, said:

“While our hardworking NHS staff were going without PPE, Tory politicians saw an opportunity to line their cronies’ pockets.

“A judge has now ruled the ‘VIP lane’ unlawful but that may be just the tip of the iceberg. Even now Ministers are covering up key documents while critical messages and minutes have gone missing.

“Only a fully independent investigation will get to the bottom of how £3.5bn of taxpayers’ cash were handed out in crony contracts and ensure it can never happen again.”