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Labour accuses Gove of lying about extent of vetting for PPE deals

Minister said all NHS contracts had eight-stage process, but this was not case for a deal linked to Tory adviser

Michael Gove has been accused of falsely claiming all personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts for the NHS went through eight steps of vetting, as it emerged this did not happen with a deal for millions of unusable face masks linked to a Conservative adviser.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, said Gove and other ministers were “apparently lying to the public and lying to parliament” by claiming that “every single procurement decision went through an eight-stage process”.

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