PM 'absolutely shocked' by PPE contract claims about Michelle Mone

Rishi Sunak tells MPs he was ‘absolutely shocked’ by PPE contract claims about Michelle Mone as PM insists it’s ‘right’ Tory peer will no longer attend House of Lords

  • Rishi Sunak tells MPs he is ‘absolutely shocked’ about PPE claims facing peer
  • PM says it’s ‘right’ that Baroness Mone is taking ‘leave of absence’ from Lords
  • She is alleged to have benefited from PPE Medpro winning Covid contracts 

Rishi Sunak today told MPs he was ‘absolutely shocked’ about Tory peer Michelle Mone’s alleged links to a PPE firm that won a multi-million pound Covid contract.

The Prime Minister insisted it was ‘right’ Baroness Mone had taken a leave of absence from the House of Lords.

He revealed this meant the businesswoman ‘no longer has the Conservative whip’.

Baroness Mone, the founder of a lingerie firm, has denied reports she benefited from PPE Medpro winning contracts worth more than £200million during the pandemic.

It has been claimed the 51-year-old, who was made a Tory peer by ex-PM David Cameron in 2015, and her children received £29million originating from profits of the company.

She is claimed to have helped PPE Medpro secure a place in a Government ‘VIP lane’ for Covid contracts.

Labour last night saw their motion requiring the Government to release papers relating to PPE Medpro’s contracts passed by the House of Commons.

And Sir Keir Starmer used Prime Minister’s Questions today to quiz Mr Sunak over the claims about Baroness Mone, also known as ‘Baroness Bra’.

The Labour leader asked the PM how the peer ended up ‘with nearly £30million of taxpayers’ money in her bank account’.

Mr Sunak replied that he hoped an investigation into the allegations about Baroness Mone was ‘resolved promptly’.

The Prime Minister insisted it was ‘right’ Baroness Mone had taken a leave of absence from the House of Lords

Baroness Mone, the founder of a lingerie firm, has denied reports she benefited from PPE Medpro winning contracts worth more than £200million during the pandemic

‘Let me say, like everyone else, I was absolutely shocked to read about the allegations,’ the PM said.

‘It’s absolutely right she is no longer attending the House of Lords and, therefore, no longer has the Conservative whip.

‘He is a lawyer, he should know there’s a process in place. It’s right that process concludes.

‘I hope that it’s resolved promptly.’ 

Sir Keir further pressed Mr Sunak about the allegations, as he highlighted how the PM was in charge of the Treasury during the Covid pandemic.

‘A Tory politician got their hands on hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money and then provided duff PPE,’ the Labour leader added.

‘He says he’s shocked. He was the Chancellor who signed the cheques. How much is he going to get back?’

The House of Lords’ standards watchdog is investigating Baroness Mone over her alleged involvement in procuring contracts for PPE Medpro.

This has been paused ‘while the matter is under investigation by the police or another agency as part of a criminal investigation’, it was revealed by the Lords’ conduct committee last week.

The National Crime Agency launched a probe into PPE Medpro in April and searched the Isle of Man home that Baroness Mone shares with her husband. 

Baroness Mone has consistently denied any ‘role or function’ in the company, and her lawyers have previously said she is ‘not connected to PPE Medpro in any capacity’.

A spokesman for the peer yesterday revealed she was taking a leave of absence from the House of Lords ‘with immediate effect’ in order to ‘clear her name of the allegations that have been unjustly levelled against her.’

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