Matt Hancock accused of cronyism over family firm’s NHS contracts

The Conservative Party faces its second cronyism allegation of the week, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock joining ex-PM David Cameron in accusations of personal wealth gain from the pandemic.

The Health Secretary

Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, holds the position of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. This means that he heads the department that oversees England’s National Health Service (NHS). A part of this responsibility is financial management.

Matt Hancock’s sister, Emily Gilruth, part-owns the company Topwood Ltd. It specialized in document-shredding and was awarded a three-year contract of £150,000 from NHS Wales.

Whilst Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) runs NHS Wales due to devolved healthcare powers; questions have been raised about Hancock’s role in the contract procurement and his 15% share in the company.

Labor calls out cronyism

Labour has called out cronyism in the Tory party, especially this week.

In the run-up to the biggest set of elections the UK has faced in a long time, parties are expected to be seen as stable. Therefore, two allegations of cronyism within one week are not ideal for the Tory party, particularly in the North.

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