Thursday 29 July 2021 / 11:12 AM Angela Rayner / Cronyism

Labour responds to news government used taxpayers’ money for political polling

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responding to the news that taxpayers’ money was used to pay for party political polling, and that No 10 advisers were using their personal WhatsApps to conduct government business, said:

“This has the hallmarks of a racket, not a government acting in the national interest during a pandemic.

“Taxpayers’ money that has been abused in this way should be paid back by the Conservative Party. Taxpayers’ money is not the personal cashpoint of Conservative Ministers to dish out to their mates.

“We need a fully independent inquiry into the Government contracts that have been handed out over private email and WhatsApp so we can get to the bottom of this scandal.”