44-day old company with links to Tory peer awarded multi-million-pound NHS contract without tender

Entrepreneur Michelle Mone is admiited to the House of Lords as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, after bein

Entrepreneur Michelle Mone is admiited to the House of Lords as Baroness Mone of Mayfair, after being made a Tory peer. - Credit: PA

A seven-week-old firm with links to a Tory peer has landed a multi-million-pound contract to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the NHS without an open tender.

PPE Medpro, set up by Anthony Page on the day he quit as secretary of a company that deals with baroness Michelle Georgina Mone's "brand", won a £122 million contract with the Department of Health to supply 25 million gowns to the NHS, a Mirror investigation has revealed.

The contract was not open to other bidders.

Page is also a director of finance firm Knox Group, founded by Baroness Mone’s fiancé Doug Barrowman.

Jolyon Maugham of The Good Law Project, told the Mirror: “Another hugely lucrative PPE contract has been awarded to a firm with no obvious qualification beyond links to very substantial donors to the Conservative Party.”

A spokeswoman for Baroness Mone said: “Baroness Mone has no comment as she has no role or involvement in PPE Medpro.

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"Mr Barrowman is also not involved in the company PPE Medpro and is not a Director or Shareholder."

Barrowman did confirm Page as a director of Knox House Trust, which "provides corporate services and trust services to hundreds of clients".

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His spokesman added: “He cannot comment on the individual client entities.”

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing and the Department of Health said: “Due diligence is carried out for all government contracts.”

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