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