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High Court finds UK’s VIP lane for PPE contracts ‘unlawful’ – POLITICO

High Court finds UK’s VIP lane for PPE contracts ‘unlawful’ – POLITICO
The VIP lane linked up contacts of ministers, MPs and senior officials with PPE deals.

It came alongside a loosening of procurement rules to allow contracts to be awarded without direct competition.” A total of 47 companies were awarded contracts via the VIP lane.The crowdfunded High Court challenge focused on three contracts, awarded to: Ayanda (a private equity firm owned through an offshore holding firm in Mauritius); Pestfix (a pest control specialist); and Clandeboye (a confectionery wholesaler).” The judge found, however, that even though Pestfix and Ayanda received unlawful preferential treatment via the VIP lane, they would likely have been awarded contracts anyway.

The court found the government had allocated offers to the VIP lane on a “flawed basis” and did not properly prioritize bids.The government set up a "high priority lane" in March 2020 as Britain scrambled to secure protective equipment supplies amid the pandemic.

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