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Matt Hancock

Gordon Brown on Sophy Ridge on Sunday - Credit: Sky News

Matt Hancock

Gordon Brown says ministers ‘must never’ lobby government as fallout over Greensill scandal continues

Gordon Brown has said former prime ministers “must never” lobby government for commercial purposes as he admonished David Cameron’s own efforts. The former prime minister also chided ministers who allowed Cameron to lobby them through unofficial channels.  Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Former prime ministers must never be lobbying for commercial purposes. Current […]
Health Secretary Matt Hancock during a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Downing Street, London. - Credit: PA

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock ignores experts to repeat claim British fast-tracked Covid vaccine due to Brexit

Matt Hancock has ignored Britain’s medicines regulator to repeat a debunked claim that Britain fast-tracked the approval of a coronavirus vaccine thanks to Brexit. The health secretary doubled down on claims that being outside the EU allowed Britain to “change the law” to allow a speedy approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine last week, becoming the first country in the world to […]
Health Secretary Matt Hancock (left) with German Health Minister Jens Spahn at the Department of Health, Westminster, London, ahead of a meeting about coordinating their response to the coronavirus - Credit: PA

Matt Hancock

German minister reminds Matt Hancock Covid-19 vaccine is ‘EU product’ as he dismisses Brexit claims

Germany’s health minister has struck down claims UK officials were able to swiftly authorise the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine because of Brexit. Jens Spahn said the claims had been ‘misplaced’ as he reminded Westminster politicians that the vaccine had been partly developed by German biotech start-up. In a briefing on Wednesday, Spahn said although Britain had already approved […]
Health secretary Matt Hancock delivers a ministerial statement on COVID-19 in the House Of Commons, London. - Credit: PA

Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock reignites ‘chumocracy’ row after ex-neighbour is handed Covid work following WhatsApp message

The company of a former neighbour of Matt Hancock’s has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply medical equipment to Covid testing centres despite having no previous experience. Alex Bourne, who ran a pub close to Hancock’s former constituency in Suffolk, said he offered his company’s services to the health secretary in a WhatsApp message. Hinpack, Bourne’s company, was […]