Michelle Mone: Who is she and what is the PPE controversy surrounding Tory colleagues?
By Josephine Franks, news reporter
Baroness Michelle Mone says the public perception of her as a “terrible person, a liar, a fraud and a thief” is due to a controversial PPE deal during the pandemic.
But who is Tory’s colleague, what caused the controversy over PPE contracts and why has she become the center of attention? Here’s everything you need to know.
Who is Baron Mone?
The 52-year-old is a businesswoman and founder of the lingerie company Ultimo.
Born in Glasgow, she left school without qualifications at 15 and went on to launch diet pills, fake tan and cryptocurrency ventures. She became a member of the Conservative Party in 2015.
What is the PPE controversy?
Controversy surrounding Medpro PPE began back in 2020, when reporters first began questioning Baron Mone’s apparent connection to the company.
In 2021, the government revealed that she had introduced PPE Medpro through VIP lane systemwith the company being awarded two contracts worth £200m.
Baroness Mone faced accusations that she profited from the business, a claim she initially denied.
She took one Absence of the Senate as a result in 2022, to “clear her name from the unfair accusations against her”.
The contracts remain under investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
What did she say at first?
Baroness Mone repeatedly denied any “role or function” in the company until November 2023, with lawyers previously saying she had “no contact with PPE Medpro in any capacity “.
When asked in November 2021 why Baroness Mone did not declare the Medpro PPE in the Lords’ register of interests, her lawyer told the Guardian: “To avoid any doubt, Baroness Mone did not declare report any interest because she did not benefit financially and had no connection.” for Medpro PPE in any capacity.”
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