BRA Tycoon Michelle Mone Hits Back at Rishi Sunak Over PPE Scandal


Michelle Mone, the prominent BRA tycoon, has launched a scathing attack on Rishi Sunak in response to the Prime Minister's comments regarding her PPE scandal. Mone, 52, criticized Sunak for claiming to take the scandal "incredibly seriously," stating that "they all knew my involvement" from the outset. In an interview with the BBC, Mone and her husband, Doug Barrowman, admitted to lying about the profits they could make from selling PPE to the government during the pandemic. While they apologized for initially denying their role in the deal, they maintained that they have "no case to answer."

Sunak's Response and Mone's Retaliation

During a visit to Scotland, Rishi Sunak addressed the scandal, emphasizing the government's commitment to pursuing legal action against the company involved. In response, Lady Mone took to social media to question Sunak's comments, stating that she had been honest with the Cabinet Office, the government, and the NHS throughout the process. She asserted that "they all knew about my involvement from the very beginning."

Legal Action and Ongoing Investigations

Last year, the government initiated breach of contract proceedings against PPE Medpro for the supply of sterile gowns. The company is currently defending itself against these charges. Additionally, the National Crime Agency is investigating the company for suspected criminal offenses related to the procurement of PPE contracts.

Pressure Builds on Lady Mone and the Government

Amidst the scandal, there have been calls for Lady Mone to be expelled from the House of Lords. Labour is also urging the government to be transparent about what ministers knew regarding the PPE deal. Lady Mone mentioned Michael Gove in her interview, leading to further scrutiny of the government's actions. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on Mr. Gove to make a statement in the Commons and expressed his belief that Lady Mone should not hold a position in the Lords.

Possible Expulsion from the House of Lords

Energy Minister Lord Callanan echoed the sentiment, stating that he hopes Lady Mone will not return to the House of Lords. There are specific conditions under which peers can be expelled or suspended, including breaking the Code of Conduct or non-attendance for a significant period. Lady Mone is currently on a leave of absence from the House of Lords, but it is unclear if she still holds the Conservative whip.

The Conservative Party has been asked for comment.