‘Baroness Bra’ Michelle Mone IS Involved in Crime Investigation of £203M PPE Contracts, Scruffy Watchdog Reveals
- Michelle Mone is under investigation by the HoL Commissioners for Standards
- A medical supplies company she recommended to ministers won £203 million in contracts
- She is accused of lobbying to win the massive face mask deals
A Tory colleague was dealt another blow last night when a Westminster sleaze watchdog first stated she was embroiled in a criminal investigation.
Michelle Mone has been under investigation since January by the House of Lords Commissioners for Standards over her alleged links to a medical supplies company that won £203 million in government contracts after she recommended it to ministers.
She is accused of violating the Lord’s code of conduct by declaring no interest in PPE Medpro and by lobbying to win the huge deals on surgical gowns and face masks.
Yesterday, the watchdog stated for the first time that the case is under investigation as part of a criminal investigation into the scandal.
Although it emerged in April that the National Crime Agency had searched Baroness Mone’s home on the Isle of Man as part of a possible fraud investigation into PBM Medpro, it has always denied having anything to do with the company.
A statement on Parliament’s website read: ‘The Commissioner is unable to finalize or publish a report on Baroness Mone’s conduct while the matter is being investigated by the police or any other body as part of a criminal investigation. Once a criminal trial has been completed or terminated, the commissioner completes its investigation and publishes its report.”
Baroness Michelle Mone awaits the start of the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament on June 21. Mone has been under investigation by the House of Lords Commissioners for Standards since January over her alleged links to a medical supplies company that won £203 million in government contracts
It came as the 51-year-old lingerie mogul – dubbed Baroness Bra – was criticized by MPs over allegations she was making millions off poor quality medical supplies sold to the NHS.
The controversy reached the Commons yesterday after The Guardian reported that £29m in profits from PPE Medpro had been transferred by her husband, Douglas Barrowman, to an offshore trust whose beneficiaries included Lady Mone and her children, despite her denying benefiting financially from Company.
In an urgent question about the procurement of personal protective equipment, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: ‘Documents seen by The Guardian have revealed yet another case of taxpayers’ money being squandered, with a total failure of due diligence and a conflict of interest in the heart of public procurement. .
‘In May 2020, PPE Medpro was formed and awarded £203 million in government contracts following a referral from a Tory colleague.
It now appears that tens of millions of pounds of that money have ended up in offshore accounts linked to the individuals involved – profits made possible by the company’s personal connections to ministers and the Tories’ VIP job, which the Supreme Court declared illegal. ‘
She asked if public money had been recovered from PPE Medpro. Health Minister Neil O’Brien acknowledged that it had been reported that PPE Medpro had ‘an underperforming contract’.
Lady Michelle Mone OBE & business partner Doug Barrowman attend the launch of the new business club. The peer is accused of breaking the Lords Code of Conduct by showing no interest in PPE Medpro and by lobbying to win the massive deals to supply surgical gowns and face masks
He said that in such cases, the government is writing to companies with a claim for damages prior to litigation if an agreement cannot be reached.
“We are not yet ready to reach a satisfactory agreement,” he said.
Lady Mon tried to ignore the growing scandal around her. “Don’t believe everything you read, or everything you think,” she wrote on Instagram, in a post applauded by footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy.
Mone is pictured with models while performing at the House of Fraser in Manchester. The 51-year-old lingerie mogul – dubbed Baroness Bra – was criticized by MPs over allegations she made millions from poor quality medical supplies sold to the NHS