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Rachel Reeves: Labour would oversee radical ‘insourcing’ of public services

Starmer ally will reveal plan to take back control as she accuses Tories of handing Covid contracts to ‘cronies’

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A Labour government would launch a radical programme of “insourcing” to bring public services back under democratic control, the frontbencher Rachel Reeves will say as she accuses Boris Johnson of handing £2bn of Covid contracts to Conservative “cronies”.

The shadow cabinet office minister and close ally of the party leader, Keir Starmer, has repeatedly highlighted the failings of private sector contractors, most recently by urging the government to “sack Serco” from its role in tracing the contacts of Covid cases.

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