Amazon and Serco offered New Year Honours from the Queen despite Covid rows, Whitehall data leak reveals


CONTROVERSIAL pandemic profiteers Serco and Amazon have been urged to apply for New Year’s honours despite being at the centre of Covid rows, a major Whitehall data leak has revealed.

The companies are amongst a number of businesses and industry giants asked to nominate staff members for a gong from the Queen in a list accidentally leaked by bungling officials.

The gong offer emerged in a Whitehall email bungle

The top civil servant at the Business department have wrote to firms including Capita, investment giants Blackrock and BP.

Serco boss Rupert Soames was amoungst those to receive the letter.

Vaccine heroes Astrazeneca and Pfizer bosses have also been asked to put forward staff to be rewarded.

Contact details of some of Britain’s leading business bosses were included in the email accidentally CC’d to all of them on Wednesday morning.

The leak appears to be a major breach of GDPR rules as well as major embarrassment to ministers amid a number of Covid rows.

It comes just a day after the Serco run Test and Trace programme was slammed by MPs as a waste of money.

And Amazon have been locked in a number of rows with the Treasury about their tax and impact on Britain’s high streets.

The Business department have been approached for comment.