Monday 28 June 2021 / 6:42 PM Uncategorised

Labour demands truth on private email use after government Minister contradicts Prime Minister’s Spokesperson and Health Department statements

Labour demands truth on private email use after government Minister contradicts Prime Minister’s Spokesperson and Health Department statements

Labour has demanded that the Prime Minister comes clean and tells the truth about the use of private emails by government Ministers after a Cabinet Office Minister contradicted statements made by the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Responding to questions from Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Angela Rayner, Cabinet Office Minister Julia Lopez said: “A huge volume of correspondence was coming to Ministers via their personal email addresses…” regarding PPE contracts.

However, two hours previously, the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson had told reporters: “Both the former health secretary and Lord Bethell understand the rules around personal email usage and only ever conducted government business through their departmental email addresses”.

On Sunday, the Department of Health and Social Care said: “All DHSC ministers understand the rules around personal email usage and only conduct government business through their departmental email addresses.”

Speaking in the Commons, Rayner produced minutes from a departmental meeting in the Department of Health and Social Care in which senior civil servants report government contracts being approved from Health Minister Lord Bethell’s private email address.

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

“Who is telling the truth, the Cabinet Office Minister and the Department of Health and Social Care civil servants, or the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson?

“The Prime Minister needs to come clean and tell us the truth and we need a fully independent public inquiry to get to the bottom of Ministers using their private email accounts to discuss and agree government contracts, which have resulted in taxpayers’ money being handed out to Tory donors and their friends.”

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