Labour asks for details of Tory-linked Covid contract meetings

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Labour has asked the government and the Conservative party to publish details of meetings that ministers, MPs and officials held with Tory-linked companies that were subsequently awarded public contracts connected to coronavirus, saying the information was vital for public trust.

In an escalation of Labour’s efforts over what it says is rampant cronyism in the awarding of public contracts during the pandemic, the party has written to Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, and the Tory party co-chair Amanda Milling.

It comes a day after a court hearing examining how Downing Street awarded a £564,393 research contract without tender, which heard that Dominic Cummings was central to the decision to give the work to a company run by two longstanding associates.

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