Monday 4 October 2021 / 1:22 PM Angela Rayner / Cronyism

Crony Covid contracts hit £3.5bn of taxpayers’ money

Labour reveals £3.5bn worth of COVID contracts were awarded to Tory-linked firms as Chancellor declares ‘It’s not the state’s money, it’s your money’

Speaking at Tory Party Conference today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, declared: ‘It’s not the state’s money, it’s your money.’ However, new analysis of Tussell government procurement data by the Labour Party has exposed the Conservatives’ wasteful approach to taxpayers’ money, with contracts worth nearly £3.5bn awarded to companies that have links to the Conservative Party.

This figure is more than triple the original tally of £1 billion Labour revealed in October 2020, and comes despite stark warnings from the National Audit Office in November.

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said:

“The Conservatives have shown complete disregard for working people by wasting taxpayers’ money on dodgy contracts. Whether it was useless PPE or the billions that went down the drain on Test and Trace, they’ve shown that they are out for themselves and can’t be trusted to stand up for working people.

“Even as the Government is hitting working families with an unfair tax hike and household bills are soaring, the Conservatives continue to give billions of pounds out to their friends and donors.

“The Government should have long since ended the emergency rules that gave ‘VIP access’ to public contracts and they now need to say how they will recover the public money that has been handed out to their cronies for unusable PPE or undelivered services.”