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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Tory government's health secretary said it was the 'right thing to do' in the pandemic.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Senior Tory government minister Matt Hancock refused to apologise for delaying publishing contracts in the pandemic despite a court ruling it was unlawful. Matt Hancock, the health secretary at Westminster, was challenged today over delaying details of deals, including for vital personal protective equipment (PPE), within 30 days of signing contracts. Campaigners from the Good Law Project, including opposition MPs, went to court over what they called “wholesale failure”. It follows accusations of “cronyism” in the Tory government and allegations government pals are getting special treatment. Today, an unapologetic Hancock told the BBC: “People can make up their own view about whether I should have told my team to stop buying PPE and spend the time bringing forward those transparency returns by just over a fortnight. “Or whether I was right to buy the PPE and get it to the front line. You tell me that that is wrong. You can’t.
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Hancock added: “Legal cases about timings of transparency returns are completely second order compared to saving lives. “There is no health secretary in history who would have taken the view that they needed to take people off the project of buying PPE in order to ensure that nine months later the Health Secretary didn’t have a slightly bumpy interview on the Marr programme.” Labour leader Keir Starmer declined to call for Hancock’s resignation.
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He told Sky News: “I don’t want to call for him to resign. I do think he is wrong about the contracts – there have been problems with the contracts, on transparency, on who the contracts have gone to. “There’s been a lot of wasted money and I think that is a real cause for concern. “But, at the moment, at this stage of the pandemic, I want all Government ministers working really hard to get us through.”
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