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Money for Dominic Cummings' mates

On 3 March 2020, the Cabinet Office shook hands with Public First. There was no formal contract, prior advertisement, or competitive tender process. The directors and owners of Public First are Ms Rachel Wolf and Mr James Frayne, who have close connections with both the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Mr Dominic Cummings.

We believe that money for your mates, on a handshake, formalised later, is unlawful.

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Lobbying scandal

The Greensill scandal has once again exposed cronyism right at the heart of Government. The more we learn, the more shocking the revelations become.  The former Prime Minister David Cameron used cosy back channels to lobby...

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Abingdon Health: We’re going to court

Last week, the High Court granted permission to advance our case against Government for its award of contracts to Abingdon Health for rapid antibody tests. The deal with Abingdon Health has been marred by controversy...

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Pork barrel politics

In every corner of public life, the Tories are or look to be bending the resources of the state to their own private advantage. The 2019 Towns Fund made unhappy reading for those who believe public...

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Permission granted on our cronyism challenge – we’re going to Court

We are pleased to announce that our judicial review with Runnymede over the Government’s practice of handing public sector jobs to its mates without open recruitment has been granted permission. We will have our day...

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NHS England must reverse ban on new prescriptions of puberty blockers

Following the decision by the High Court earlier today, lawyers for Good Law Project have written urgently to NHS England requiring that it reverses the ban it introduced following the decision in Bell on new...

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Our parental consent case against the Tavistock has succeeded

If a child cannot consent to taking puberty blockers their loving parent can consent in their stead. That is the outcome of the decision of the High Court, earlier this morning, in the case of...

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Using the public purse to block the public interest

“All citizens are likely to have an interest in whether or not the procurement on the part of the Government is done using good governance procedures and integrity. And therefore there is a real wider...

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We’re hiring: Communications Officer

About Good Law Project Good Law Project’s mission is to achieve change through the law. We defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold democracy and ensure no one is left behind. We...

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Twitter Takeover

One of the strands of work I am proud of at Good Law Project is our “no one left behind” strand. Under it we’ve challenged the Government’s failure to protect low-income families during the pandemic,...

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Why won’t the Secretary of State make basic commitments?

We believe that the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) needs to be updated to take account of the NetZero target in the Climate Change Act. The NPS is the key policy document which sets out...

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We’re hiring: Finance and Administration Officer

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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Failure to publish

Last night’s Panorama gave us the extraordinary tale of a dog food supplier turned PPE broker bagging herself millions acting as a ‘bridge’ for a Hong Kong supplier. Details of the largest contract – worth...

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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 (“PCSC Bill”) – Briefing for MPs

“Freedom of assembly as enshrined in Article 11 of the Convention protects a demonstration that may annoy or cause offence to persons opposed to the ideas or claims that it is seeking to promote… Any...

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Ministers continue to mislead Parliament over Covid contracts

Instead of coming to the House, apologising and setting the record straight about Boris Johnson’s falsehood that all the Covid-related contract details are “on the record”, yesterday Cabinet Office Minister Edward Argar decided to double...

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They want to silence dissent

Other than at a General Election – an event occurring at five-yearly intervals that hands unconstrained power to a Party that wins a majority – a citizen has but one way of registering dissent at...

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Access to education

This week, children across the UK return to school following months of learning at home.  When schools first closed their doors back in March 2020, there was no plan in place for the hundreds of thousands...

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Public money should not be misappropriated to private ends

Buried in the small print of last week’s Budget is what looks like an attack on yet another core constitutional principle: that public money should not be misappropriated to private ends, here the ends of...

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BREAKING: Court Order shows Boris Johnson misled Parliament over Covid contracts

3 days after the High Court ruled Government had acted unlawfully by failing to publish Covid contracts, Boris Johnson stood up in the House of Commons and reassured MPs and the public that all Covid-related...

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We’re hiring: Public Law Litigator (Upholding Democracy)

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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We’re hiring: Digital Growth Manager

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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They want to silence us

The law of libel has been reformed to make it harder for those who say they have been defamed to win in court. But the world the law envisages is not always the real world. In...

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We’re hiring: HR Business Partner

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for...

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Operation Moonshot: an update

Last month, the Courts refused ‘permission’ on the papers for the judicial review over ‘Operation Moonshot’, the case we were bringing alongside EveryDoctor, Aron Cohen, and Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity. We had applied for...

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Australian travel firm handed controversial Covid contract following call from person “close to” Boris Johnson

Brisbane-based firm Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has been awarded at least two lucrative Covid-related contracts by the UK Government.  The first, awarded in March 2020, was to provide support repatriating UK citizens stranded around the globe,...

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We will keep fighting

We are pleased to be able to tell you that the Court has granted a cost-capping order in our judicial review over the award of huge PPE contracts, without advertisement or competition, to Pestfix (a...

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Tomorrow in Court

Tomorrow, the High Court will hear our application for a cost capping order in our judicial review of Government’s decision to award huge PPE contracts to questionable counterparties. We have been forced to apply for the order, which...

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The judgment is in

The High Court has ruled “The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary...

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Yesterday in court

“This agency is the one who are Dom Cummings / Lee Cain’s mates, and hence getting all our work with no contract BUT are also spending much money on doing all our ridiculous groups”. These are...

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Deloitte

The consultancy gravy train shows no sign of stopping. The Department of Health awarded the multi-national professional services firm, Deloitte, a COVID-19 contract that could be worth almost £1 million a day without the contract...

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Spending public money for political advantage

Correspondence from Government shows it plans to claim a staggering £500k-600k in costs for a one day hearing of a judicial review challenge to a contract awarded by Dominic Cummings to his friends at Public...

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More PPE that can’t be used by the NHS

You may remember the tale of the jeweller from Florida and the Spanish intermediary who profited to the tune of tens of millions of pounds from vast PPE contracts, paid for with taxpayers’ money. Well,...

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We are not for or against Government. But we are for good governance

On 21 January we issued proceedings to challenge what we saw as an abuse of so-called Henry VIII powers – powers for Ministers to effect major law change in a way that bypasses Parliament. Here is...

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