#MattHancock is talking himself into a corner over his friend’s #Covid19 #contract

Last Updated: December 3, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Matt Hancock and Alex Bourne: nothing to see here, according to the former Health Secretary.

I agree with Matt Thomas about this:

But to his words I would also add that misleading Parliament about such a contract should also carry an automatic penalty: expulsion.

It seems clear that Matt Hancock arranged a preferential deal for a Covid-19 contract with a company that acted as a ‘front’ for Alex Bourne, who used to run a pub close to Hancock’s constituency home in Suffolk.

Bourne has said he offered to supply the government with vials for Covid-19 tests via a WhatsApp message to Hancock. He ended up with a £40 million contract, despite having had no previous experience of providing medical supplies.

The contract was provided to a supplier already approved by the NHS – Alpha Pharmaceuticals, who then sub-contracted the work in its entirety to Bourne’s company Hinpack – apparently because Hancock’s Department of Health and Social Care had demanded it.

Hancock told Parliament that any suggestion Bourne’s firm had been favoured because of his connection with the then-Health Secretary was a smear (as it implies corruption). He said: “I have heard this point about this pub landlord and I just want to tell her and the House, and put it formally on the record, and after this I hope the Labour party will also stop this slur, that the man in question never got nor applied for a contract from the government or the NHS at all. It is a fabrication pushed by the Labour party. It’s a load of rubbish.”

He added: “Of course, the Department of Health and the NHS does not have a say in sub-contracting arrangements.”

But the government did know that the work was being sub-contracted to Hancock’s company because it was written into Alpha’s contract. We have no reason to believe that Alpha, which is based in Harrow, Middlesex, had any knowledge of Hinpack prior to the awarding of this contract.

It seems clear that the contract was constructed carefully in order to put distance between Hancock and his acquaintance, although information has emerged proving that Hancock, as Health Secretary, had personally referred Bourne on to a government official.

His claim that he did not corruptly arrange for Bourne to get the work has been rubbished by Labour figures – to his face on Robert Peston’s ITV show when he clashed with Jess Phillips:

She’s wrong about a lot of things, but this isn’t one of them.

When the details of the sub-contract came out, Labour’s Annaliese Dodds demanded that Hancock return to Parliament to set the record straight:

He did respond, as follows: “This point of order and the point made in it demonstrates very clearly that there was no contract between the firm being discussed and the department or the NHS.

“So what this has done is demonstrated finally and for the record that there was no such contract between my constituent and the department or NHS. No matter how hard they look or how deep they dig, all that will be discovered is a lot of people working hard to save lives. That’s what was going on.”

That seems like bullshit to me.

Hancock recommended Bourne to a government official after having been contacted by Bourne.

He was responsible for awarding contracts.

A contract went to a company that then immediately passed on the work to Hancock’s friend, apparently because Hancock demanded it:

And, think about it: if you wanted to give plausible deniability to a corruptly-awarded contract, wouldn’t you do it by ensuring that it was a sub-contract that you could then say had nothing to do with you?

This Writer thinks Hancock’s story stinks – and I am looking forward to new information that the Good Law Project, which has been investigating the case, may turn up.

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  1. Jeffrey Davies December 4, 2021 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Anybody else would end up with a long sentence but these devils right their own rules has IV said before traitors gate needs reopening

  2. Hecuba December 4, 2021 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Corrupt fascist little tory boy Hancock has done the same as his criminal crooked fascist cronies – they’ve all got ‘their dirty little fingers in the pie and giving our public money to their cronies and friends!’

    The evidence is crystal clear – corrupt and criminal Hancock corruptly ensured his pub male friend was given a very very profitable contract because our money is for the fascist tories’ personal use!

    Still no matter criminal Hancock and his fascist tory crooks won’t be charged with any crime because laws don’t apply to them. Laws only apply to unemployed; disabled; long term impoverished sick women and men! The real ‘scroungers and thieves’ are the fascist tories but because they’re in power they will never be punished with prison sentences!

    We are living in a rotten little fascist dictatorship!

  3. John December 4, 2021 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I’m no legal expert, but is it possible that Alpha Labs(?) (the company that won the contract directly with the NHS/Govt), has acted illegally in some way by sub-contracting (without permission/behind the backs) with Hancocks friend, especially when the permitted criteria were so strict? Is it also possible that (due to zero experience), health and safety breaches could have occurred (given that they are dealing with people’s lives)?
    Surely any company that decides to sub-contract (in these circumstances), if not legal, should have a moral responsibility to ensure that the sub-contractor is suitable in every way), after all, aren’t they putting their OWN reputation at risk?

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