LONDON ( Associated Press) – A British lawmaker said Tuesday she would be absent from parliament to “clear her name” over allegations she was linked to a company that the government has approved for personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. The contract was awarded by
Michelle Money of the ruling Conservative Party has denied reports that she used her political connections to recommend a company called PPE Medpro to senior government officials and for the first time offered 200 million pounds ($244 million) to supply protective equipment to the government. Won contracts of over Rs. COVID-19 wave in 2020.
A statement from his office on Tuesday said Monáe would be absent from the House of Lords with immediate effect “in order to clear his name of the false allegations made against him”.
The Guardian newspaper reported last week that Monáe and her children had received £29 million in profits from PPE Medpro. The BBC reported that the company won public contracts just a month after it was created, and that millions of surgical gowns it supplied to British hospitals were never used.
Mone’s lawyers have said that she is not associated with PPE Medpro in any way.
The House of Lords watchdog is investigating Mone’s alleged role in securing contracts. That investigation was put on hold because other government agencies were looking into the matter as part of a criminal investigation.
The government has been criticized during the pandemic for so-called “VIP lanes”, where companies recommended by politicians were given preferential treatment for awarding public contracts.
Mone, who is also a businesswoman, was appointed to the House of Lords in 2015 by former Prime Minister David Cameron; The said office is for life and is not put to vote. Parliamentary records show that Mone has not spoken in the House since March 2020 and his last recorded vote was in April this year.