The Liberal Democrats have demanded a timetable for an inquiry into the Government's handling of the pandemic following the publication of an NAO report which revealed that Ministers agreed £18bn worth of supplies and services which bypassed usual standards for procurement.
Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
"It is utterly galling the Government has sidestepped accountability and transparency rules. In no world is it fair that bids with a direct line to Ministers were ten times more successful.
"The Tories have left themselves wide open to serious and legitimate allegations that they have chosen to line the pockets of friends and donors.
"The British people deserve clear, honest answers. Now more than ever we need a timetable for the inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic.”
Speaking on behalf of local Liberal Democrats, Paul Gray added:
"The British public struggle to see this for what it is because there is still an assumption that this sort of thing doesn't happen in Britain. The reality for some time has been that a group of skilled manipulators are taking us all for a ride. The appointment of Dido Harding really was just the tip of the iceberg. On behalf of all hardworking tax payers, we demand answers.