‘What we saw alarmed us’: the long fight to expose ‘VIP lane’ Covid contracts

The court ruling that the UK government’s way of procuring PPE was illegal was the culmination of a transparency struggle starting in mid 2020

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A high court judge’s ruling that the operation of a “VIP lane” for suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic was illegal is the culmination of a fight for transparency dating from the early months of the pandemic.

As a slew of companies with links to senior Tories secured large contracts to supply PPE in the early months of the pandemic, alarm bells began ringing among transparency activists and senior figures in the Labour party, who accused the government of cronyism.

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