Sunday 25 July 2021 / 12:01 AM Angela Rayner / Coronavirus

Angela Rayner responds to the Public Accounts Committee report on the Government’s response to the pandemic

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on the Government’s response to the pandemic, said:

“This cross-party report is more evidence of what we all know – the Conservatives’ failures in response to the pandemic resulted in tens of thousands of avoidable deaths and saw eye-watering sums of taxpayers’ money wasted on unsafe PPE and contracts handed out to their mates.

“We cannot wait until next year for the public inquiry to start, and Ministers cannot kick it into the long grass and cover up their failures by refusing to hand over information hidden in personal email accounts. The public inquiry must start immediately, and the inquiry must have full access to all ministerial correspondence, contracts and documents, including all government business carried out on personal email accounts.

“With billions of items of unsafe and useless PPE sat in warehouses, Ministers need to set out what they are doing to recoup taxpayers’ money that has been wasted on duff PPE.”