Angela Raynerthe deputy Labor leader said today’s Guardian revelations that Tory Michelle Morne and her children were earning £29m from a company that obtained PPE contracts through the government’s VIP lane were ‘due diligence’ Asking her urgent question on the topic, she told MPs:
Documents seen by The Guardian last night revealed another instance of taxpayer money being wasted.
In May 2020, PPE Medpro settled and was awarded £203m in government contracts after referrals from Tory peers. Tens of millions of pounds of that money now appears to have flowed into offshore accounts linked to the individuals involved, with the profits going to Tory VIP lanes, declared illegal by the High Court, and company ministers. made possible through a personal connection with
However, the minister still refuses to release correspondence related to the awarding of the MedPro contract as he says the ministry is engaged in a mediation process.
Rayner asked Minister Neil O’Brien to inquire whether the government had withdrawn funds from PPE Medro. But she claimed there was a bigger scandal involved.
This government has written off £10bn on just PPE deemed unusable, unusable, overpriced or undelivered. The ministers have not learned their lessons and do not appear to be ashamed. With the family struggling to make ends meet, the taxpayer ends up spending £700,000 a day on inadequate storage of her PPE.
Rainer was reprimanded sir lindsey foilthe chairman said he hoped lawmakers would stick to the rules he mentioned earlier about not mentioning the Monet case. I emphasized that I did not create it.
In response to the, O’Brienthe health minister said that if a PPE contract “underperformed”, the government would try to recoup the money or reach agreements with the companies involved. no,” he said.
On the topic of PPE procurement in general, he said the so-called “VIP lane” is just a mechanism for handling referrals. He said being in the VIP lane doesn’t mean the deal will go through.
And he stressed that the government must act quickly. He said the government was “guzzled” to buy personal protective equipment.
in the commons Neil O’Brien The Health Minister is responding to urgent questions posed by Labor regarding the procurement of PPE during the pandemic.
the question is Angela Rayner, Labor Deputy Leader, submitted a question. It was inspired by an article in The Guardian that said Conservative fellow Michelle Monet and her children had won a large government contract after she recommended them to ministers for her PPE business. Documents show that she received £29m secretly out of profit.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, The Speaker of the House began by stating that Members of Parliament are not permitted to criticize Members of the House of Commons unless they are debating a motion that specifically refers to them. says you shouldn’t say anything that could prejudice legal action.
In his opening statement, O’Brien He did not mention Mone, but emphasized how the government had to procure PPE equipment very quickly. He said there may be lessons to be learned from the price paid, but he said “we must not lose sight of the massive national efforts made to protect the most vulnerable”. rice field.
Madeleine Sumption, Director transitional observatory At the University of Oxford, I wrote a blog earlier this week explaining why there are so many non-EU immigrants. She said post-Brexit immigration rules put in place by the government “probably had some effect on the granting of non-EU visas” (rising), but that other factors were mostly involved. She says:
Three factors combine to contribute to the disproportionate number of visas granted to non-EU citizens. The single biggest factor is the introduction of visa routes for Ukrainian refugees and British National (Overseas) status holders in Hong Kong. Combined, these two routes contributed 45% of his yearly increase of 467,000 visas (excluding visitors and short-term study abroad) from 2019 to June 2022.
The remaining increase comes from students (39% of the increase) and work visas (23% of the increase). A major driver of the increase in work visas is skilled workers, especially in the health and care sector.
this is Jay Lindopthe director of the National Statistics Office’s Center for International Migration, commented on today’s figures.
In the 12 months to June 2022, a series of global events impacted international migration patterns. These include the end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period after the transition from the EU, the war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans and a new visa route for British nationals (overseas) in Hong Kong. will be Record levels of long-term immigration we have seen.
Migration from non-EU countries, especially students, is driving this rise. As travel restrictions are lifted in 2021, more students have arrived in the UK after studying remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. However, there has also been a significant increase in the number of people migrating for various other reasons. This includes people arriving for humanitarian protection, such as those coming from Ukraine, as well as for family reasons.
These many independent factors contributing to migration at this time mean that it is too early to tell whether this situation will persist.
Mark EastonThe BBC’s Home Affairs editor says the latest annual net migration numbers are at a record high.
The Office for National Statistics released figures showing that net migration (the number of people arriving in the UK for long stays minus those leaving the UK) for the year ending June this year reached an estimated 504,000. Announced. This is the highest number ever.
According to the ONS, 1.1 million long-term migrants arrived during that period.
These numbers represent a significant year-on-year increase, which the ONS said was due in part to “unique” factors. it says:
The period to June 2022 was unique, with a convergence of factors affecting long-term immigration. This includes the continued recovery of travel after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, numerous immigration events including the new immigration system after the transition from the EU, and Ukrainian citizens and others in need of protection. Includes ongoing support for
All these contribute to the relatively high level of total long-term migration, estimated at 1.1 million in the year to June 2022.
An estimated 435,000 increase in total immigration compared to the previous year is due to non-EU nationals (from 379,000 to 704,000 in June 2022 YE). An increase in the number of foreign students studying and an increase in the number of people traveling from Ukraine under the visa support scheme were all factors.
Overall, net migration continues to add to the June 2022 YE population, with an estimated 504,000 more people arriving in the UK over the long term than leaving. Net movements of non-EU nationals were estimated at 509,000 in the June 2022 YE, while EU and UK nationals were minus 51,000 and 45,000 respectively.
This is the graph of the number of immigrants.
And here’s a graph showing the net migration numbers.
Dominic Raab is reportedly facing multiple new complaints from senior officials in multiple government departments over allegations of bullying behavior.my colleague Geneva Abdul Here is the story.
good morning. A few years ago, at least until his late 1980s, one of his greatest jobs in journalism was as an industry editor. The strikes were always in the news and had many stories (and were often prioritized over political correspondents covering the Labor Party, which was largely run by unions). But after the Thatcher government’s union reforms and mass unemployment, membership numbers dwindled, fewer days were lost to strikes, and there are now almost no industry correspondents left. This is a shame, because I really need it today.
Here’s a quick roundup from the UK on strike.
And here’s a photo from the CWU Union’s Twitter feed.
Also, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch is arranging a meeting with Secretary of Transportation Mark Harper to discuss what can be done to avoid this. More strikes are scheduled for December and January. Lynch gave an interview to ITV’s Peston last night asking for a new “deal” approach from the government.
We need governments to orchestrate action and become facilitators. Grant Shaps was frankly belligerent, accusing me of being some sort of medieval baron, an evil Marxist ringleader, and everything else. it is not appropriate.
If Mark Harper wants to come out there and settle things down, let’s keep the business going, let’s do the transactional business across the table — they get a little bit, we get a little bit, our Members Profit, Public Interest – Good Days, Let’s keep trading. No strike required.
Click here for the minutes of the meeting.
9:30 am: Transportation Secretary Mark Harper answers questions at The Commons.
11:30 am: A lobby briefing is held at Downing Street.
11:45 AM: Harper is scheduled to meet with RMT’s general secretary, Mick Lynch.
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