Police ‘raid lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone’s home as they investigate firm over £203m of Covid PPE Government contracts’
- Tory peer Lady Michelle Mone’s home is believed to have been raided by police
- Lady Mone, 50, is said to have been present during the search by NCA officers
- The raid is apparently linked to a firm investigated over £203m PPE contracts
Lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone’s home has been raided by police investigating a firm for £203 million of Covid PPE government contracts, it has been claimed.
Tory peer Lady Mone, 50, is believed to have been present at an address that was searched by officers from the National Crime Agency, who raided homes and offices in London and the Isle of Man.
Lady Mone has a £25million estate on the Isle of Man, as well as a home in Belgravia. It is unclear which address police visited.
They are said to have been searching for documents that could assist an inquiry into suspected fraud offences. No arrests are believed to have been made.
Lady Mone, from Glasgow, has denied any involvement with a company called PPE Medpro, which was given government contracts along with another firm.
However, it was revealed that she referred PPE Medpro to the officer of fellow Tory peer Theodore Agnew, who at the time was a Cabinet Officer minister responsible for the procurement of PPE.
The NCA is currently investigating the award of contracts for supplying surgical gowns and masks to the NHS.
Lady Mone with her billionaire husband Doug Barrowman. She has denied any involvement with a company called PPE Medpro, which was given government contracts along with another firm
PPE Medpro appeared on the ‘VIP Lane’ list of companies given greater chances of a PPE contract. It was added to the list by Lord Agnew’s office.
The firm, which is based in the Isle of Man, was formed in May 2020.
A few weeks later, it was given a contract to supply 25 million sterile gowns and masks.
Lady Mone was linked to the company by the Guardian, however, she made clear she has no role in the company.
In January it emerged she had been referred to the House of Lords Commissioners for Standards.
Labour peer George Foulkes said Lady Mone had failed to fully disclose her business interests in PPE Medpro and asked the commissioners to investigate whether she had breached the rules against lobbying when she referred the firm to the Government.
Lady Mone has repeatedly denied any association with the company, which she recommended to the Cabinet Office as a potential supplier in May 2020.
Although she has no actual formal connections with the company, her denials have come under scrutiny thanks to publicly documented connections between Anthony Page, PPE Medpro’s owner, and businesses run by Lady Mone and her husband, Isle of Man-based billionaire Doug Barrowman.