Rishi Sunak is facing calls from main opposition parties to take back the Tory whip from Michelle Monnay House of Lords It appears he has made millions from the PPE company’s profits after it was revealed by the Guardian.
Labor and the Liberal Democrats have criticized the prime minister’s “staggering” refusal to do so, claiming his pledge to lead a government that operates with “integrity and professionalism” has become an “empty promise”.
A Conservative spokesman in the Lords confirmed that Monne would not suspend the whip while he National Crime Agency was investigating company, PPP MedPro, and a The Lords Standards Committee conducted an inquiry in the allegations. “It has been decided that she will retain the whip,” he added.
However, Labor claimed that Sunak’s refusal to act given the seriousness of the allegations was another failure of integrity.
Party chair, Anneliese Dodds, said: “For many people who have lost loved ones during the pandemic, the idea that traditionalist And their friends” who will benefit from it “will get sick”.
“It is shocking that Baroness Monáe still holds the Conservative whip. Rishi Sunak, the man who wrote off billions in the Covid fraud, has his fingerprints all over it,” he added.
“He lacks the spine to withdraw the whip as he was too weak to sack his Home Secretary or Deputy Prime Minister for their behaviour. The British people will see this as yet another failure to stand up for integrity and accountability.” Will see as
Sal Brinton, Lib Dems spokesman for health in the Lords, said: “Following the revelations of Baroness Monáe’s financial gain from the VIP lane during the national health crisis, it is an outrage that the Conservative whip has not yet been removed.
“This government’s pledge to act with ‘integrity and professionalism’ is fast becoming an empty promise.”
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said the claims “warrant a thorough, comprehensive and forensic investigation and the immediate withdrawal of the whip”.
The Tory Party “cannot allow allegations on this scale to be brushed under the carpet for one second – or else any vestige of ‘integrity, professionalism and accountability’ is lost forever”.
Jenny Jones, a Green Party colleague and a former deputy mayor of London, said: “The Moné case is just one example of the greed and corruption that is endemic within our current government and distracting us from tackling key issues such as poverty and climate does. Crisis.”
A secret offshore trust, with Mone and her children as beneficiaries, received £29m from the profits of the company PPE Medpro, The Guardian revealed last week,
The firm was awarded large government contracts after Tory Peer, a lingerie entrepreneur, helped it secure a place in the “VIP lane”, the government’s preference for PPE suppliers who had political ties.
The government spent more than £13 billion on PPE during the pandemic and has been accused of failing to do adequate due diligence in awarding contracts with fraud and wasting billions in unused equipment. Ministers claim they were under pressure to buy PPE where they could because of global shortages.
The High Court earlier this year ruled that the government had acted unlawfully in operating the VIP lanes, saying its operation was “in breach of the obligation of equal treatment”.
Asked last year by the Guardian why Monáe had not included PPE Medpro in her House of Lords’ register of financial interests, her lawyer replied: “Baroness Monáe did not declare any interest as she does not benefit financially from it.” Did not happen and was not associated with PPE Medpro in any way. Capacity.”
Leaked documents produced by HSBC and reported by the Guardian last week seem to contradict that statement. They say Mone’s husband, Isle of Man-based financier Douglas Barrowman, was paid at least £65m in profits from PPE Medpro, and then distributed the money through a series of offshore accounts, trusts and companies .
The documents indicated that the ultimate recipients of the money included an Isle of Man trust set up to benefit Monáe, who was Barrowman’s fiancée at the time, and his three adult children. In October 2020, the documents show, Barrowman transferred £28.8m from PPE Medpro’s profits to the trust.
Only five months later, Mone helped PPE Medpro secure a contract to supply masks and sterile gowns for use in the NHS. the company has refused to say how he would repay the millions of pounds owed to the public for unused equipment if ordered to do so dispute with the government,