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Tory chairman calls for Carol Vorderman to apologise over ‘defamatory’ tweets

07 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Carol Vorderman (L). Photo Joe Giddens PA Images (R) Greg Hands. Photo James Manning PA Images

Tory chairman Greg Hands has called for Carol Vorderman to apologise for posting “defamatory and damaging” tweets about his involvement in a lifestyle firm being awarded a £25.8 million personal protective equipment (PPE) contract in 2020.

The Welsh star is said to have deleted a number of tweets about Mr Hands and posted a new statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday, saying there was “no impropriety on his part”.

It comes after emails obtained by the Good Law Project show Mr Hands was approached on his personal email account by Mark Higton – a former chairman of the Hammersmith Conservatives – on April 7 2020 with information about a contact offering PPE and ventilators, before the Chelsea and Fulham MP Mr Hands passed the offer on to officials.

Luxe Lifestyle was subsequently awarded a contract to supply gowns and masks.

Now Mr Hands has posted on the social media site to say he is “delighted” the tweets have been removed and called for Vorderman to apologise.

Unfortunate

Carol Vorderman posted: “I’ve been contacted by Greg Hands MP in response to my tweets about his involvement in the granting of a Covid-19 healthcare contract to Luxe Lifestyle in 2020.

“While the awarding of this contract was unfortunate, and there remain serious questions about the VIP Lane, I’m happy to accept Mr Hands’ assurance that his role in the process was simply to refer the approach to the JACT, and that there was no impropriety on his part.”

Mr Hands shared an image of Vorderman’s statement, along with a message saying: “After a six month campaign of defamation & vilification, @carolvorders has today finally withdrawn her allegations.

“She accused me of ‘illegal corruption’, phoning a friend to say ‘here’s a nice little £25.8m PPE contract for you mate’ & having my ‘hands in the cookie jar’

“These tweets were defamatory and damaging.

“I am delighted that today she has removed 22 false and defamatory tweets, videos & more.

“Also, the JACT was not ‘a VIP Lane’ – it was the Government’s official collection point for such offers.

“She should now apologise.”


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Jeff
Jeff
5 months ago

So many plum and duff contracts went through vip lanes with ministers blessings, hard to know which ones were innocent.

karl
karl
5 months ago

The fact he is doing this and not in touch with solicitors. He is just trying to use the English right wing press to bully an apology, wrong person I feel. Carol is no fool.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
5 months ago

Well done Carol Vorderman! Hit a raw nerve. Good. Our Tory extremophiles seem to be very thin skinned when it comes to accusations of nepotism, dodgy financial dealings and how contracts were awarded to Conservative ministers family & friends. Just look how much waste there was when a PPE contract was awarded by the Tories to a company that had never produced masks & gowns before ,who slyly outsourced its manufacture to China to maximise profit. And when made was found out to be unusable and later dumped in landfill. Absolutely disgusting. Crooks & con artists the lot of them.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago

Just another day @Slash, Burn, Plunder and Pillage UK unLtd…

Paddy
Paddy
5 months ago

Gregs Hands is right – the corruption was not illegal.

The funnelling of taxpayers’ money to their friends was entirely within the law.

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