Monday 28 June 2021 / 8:43 AM Angela Rayner

Labour calls for ‘full-scale’ investigation into Ministers’ use of private emails for government business after Hancock revelations

The Labour party has written to the Cabinet Secretary and the Information Commissioner to call for a ‘full-scale investigation’ into Ministers’ use of private emails for official government business.

This follows reports in this weekend’s Sunday Times that the former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, and Lord Bethell used private email accounts.

In the letter the party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner, also calls for the recovery of any emails that would be relevant to a public inquiry into the pandemic response. She warns: ‘The buck doesn’t stop with Hancock. This government is rotten to its core.’

Demanding to know whether private emails have been used to discuss government contracts and whether the use of private emails potentially breaks Official Secrets Act, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and Public Records Act, she adds: ‘This shady practice has the potential to conceal vital information of public interest and cover up the waste of taxpayers’ money that has been given to friends of Conservative Ministers…. We need to know how wide this goes and how much government business is being conducted in secret.”

 

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

“The buck doesn’t stop with Hancock and this matter is not closed. This government is rotten to its core.

“We need to know how wide this goes and how much government business is being conducted in secret.

“This shady practice has the potential to conceal vital information of public interest and cover up the waste of taxpayers’ money that has been given to friends of Conservative Ministers.”