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Firm with ties to Hancock given ‘VIP treatment’, emails suggest

Exclusive: Emails appear to contradict DHSC denials that it offered fast-track process for firms with political connections

The government gave “VIP treatment” to a firm offering Covid testing facilities which had entered the system “informally” because Matt Hancock was “a good friend” of somebody working with the company, according to internal emails seen by the Guardian.

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) had a laboratory based in Newmarket, in the then health secretary’s West Suffolk constituency, and much of its work focused on medical care for horses, including for the horse racing industry with which Hancock has close ties.

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