United Kingdom

Matt Hancock 'helped sex text shame former Tory minister Brooks Newmark land £180m PPE contract'

Matt Hancock personally intervened to help a shamed former Tory minister land a £180million PPR contract.

The Health Secretary helped Brooks Newmark broker a deal for international firms to get involved with the supply of vital gloves,masks and other equipment.

Mr Newmark,a father of five,  quit as minister for civil society in 2014 after he was exposed as having exchanged lewd photographs with a male journalist posing as a glamorous 20-year-old Tory PR woman. 

A Freedom of Information probe by the Sunday Times discovered National Audit Office emails showing that last May, at the height of the first Covid lockdown, he lobbied the Government on behalf of a Hong Kong firm.

After a string of email exchanges with Mr Hancock and his senior aides, some of which were forwarded to Lord Deighton, the PPE Tsar, the company was awarded a £178million deal in June.

 In one of the emails, replying to Mr Newmark's proposal, Mr Hancock wrote: 'Thanks. Definitely one for the PPE team who are firing on all cylinders now.'

The Health Secretary helped Brooks Newmark broker a deal for international firms to get involved with the supply of vital gloves,masks and other equipment.

Mr Newmark,a father of five, quit as minister for civil society in 2014 after he was exposed as having exchanged lewd photographs with a male journalist posing as a glamorous 20-year-old Tory PR woman.

Mr Newmark's career and marriage collapsed after he was exposed in 2014. He exchanged explicit pictures online with someone he believed to be a young blonde Tory named Sophie. In fact, the profile had been created by a male freelance reporter. 

The MP, who led David Cameron's drive for greater representation of women in politics, also sent explicit photographs to a young single mother weeks after being appointed as a minister in 2014.

He bombarded her with up to 40 naked pictures and told her 'I am desperate for sex with you' during a two year affair. He stepped down as MP for Braintree at the 2015 election. 

He declined to respond to the Sunday Times, while a Government spokesman said its priority had 'always been saving lives'.

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