Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, has described as “a disgrace” news that a former neighbour of the health secretary, Matt Hancock, is supplying millions of vials for NHS Covid-19 tests, despite having no previous experience of producing medical supplies.
“The government is making a mockery of the sacrifices that the British people have made, and taking the public for fools,” Rayner said.
The Guardian revealed on Thursday that Alex Bourne, who used to run the Cock Inn, a pub close to Hancock’s former constituency home in Thurlow, Suffolk, initially offered his services to the government in March by sending a WhatsApp message to Hancock.
At the time Bourne’s company, Hinpack, was producing plastic cups and takeaway boxes for the catering industry.
According to Bourne, Hancock messaged him back, directing him to a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) website. In April his company, Hinpack, began discussions with a distributor that eventually led to it…
— to www.theguardian.com