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The names of nearly 50 companies that won £ 1.7bn in Covid contracts after being placed in a VIP fast-track lane should be made public, MPs and activists asked today.

A National Audit Office report on Covid procurement found ‘skipping the queue’ by companies with ties to ministers, officials, members of the House of Lords and some MPs was policy official, although hidden from the public and the “ordinary way”.

The report showed that out of 493 suppliers placed in the “high priority lane” for personal protective equipment and testing and traceability contracts through July 31, 47 were successful, or about one in 10, so that less than one in 100 suppliers applying through the parallel “ordinary secure” lane contracts.

Among the VIP suppliers selected, 12 were presented by MPs, seven by peers, 18 by government officials and in five cases the source was not indicated as one supplier was put on the list “in error” , according to the public accounts committee.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told The Standard: “Every day more and more evidence emerges confirming that Boris Johnson’s government is plunged into sordid and cronyism. The taxpayer deserves to know to whom Boris Johnson handed over lucrative contracts with Covid. “

The names of two of the 47 – Pestfix and Ayanda Capital – initially emerged following litigation brought by the Good Law Project and were repeated in the NAO report, revealing contracts worth £ 350million and 252 million pounds respectively.

The group intends to challenge these contracts in court.

The Evening Standard believes that the identification of the 47 and their links to the government goes to the heart of the sleaze allegations and that – with at least £ 1.7bn of public money at stake – it has huge implications in the public interest.

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