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Operation Moonshot

Boris Johnson announced yesterday plans for an enormous expansion of the national coronavirus testing programme, named “Operation Moonshot”, and estimated to cost “over £100bn” to deliver.  We support the need for increased testing capabilities. But the...

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These are times of high jeopardy for our democracy

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law… And if you don’t have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it’s death to truth, it’s death to...

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Jacob Rees-Mogg

Yesterday in Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP was questioned over the PPE fiasco that has seen the Government spend hundreds of millions of pounds on protective equipment that can’t be used by the NHS. The contract...

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Why is Government refusing to publish contracts?

These are worrying times.  We know from Treasury documents that Government has approved a staggering and unprecedented £15 billion for PPE procurement to protect frontline staff. But what we see is implausible counterparties, staggering sums of...

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Another lucrative contract for friends of Gove and Cummings

How is it that Public First, long-time associates of Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings, have been awarded yet another contract, without any advertising or competitive tendering process? Although Government cancelled A-Levels and GCSEs in mid-March, it...

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Update: A-Level results fiasco

Thanks to the huge pressure placed on Government, in no small part thanks to Good Law Project and our supporters, Gavin Williamson has announced that the Ofqual standardisation algorithm will be withdrawn and grades awarded...

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Legal action over A-Level results fiasco

Today we have launched legal action against Ofqual over failings in the process for awarding A Level results. We have received hundreds of emails from devastated students, whose grades have been downgraded and who have lost...

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PPE masks not fit for purpose

The Government awarded a PPE contract worth £252 million to Ayanda Capital Limited, a ‘family office’ owned through a tax haven in Mauritius, with connections to Liz Truss. It is the largest PPE contract we...

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Update: Money for his mates

Several weeks back we issued judicial review proceedings against Michael Gove for his decision to award an £840,000 contract to associates of his and Dominic Cummings, without any advertisement or competitive tender process. Last week we...

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They think that they are above the law

On 11 July, we issued judicial review proceedings against Michael Gove for awarding an £840,000 contract to long-time associates of his and Mr Cummings. You can read the documents relating to that claim here. In those...

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PPE Public Inquiry – We received a response from the Secretary of State

On 1 July we received a formal response from the Secretary of State in relation to our judicial review for a public inquiry. You can read his response here. On 11 June 2020, some days after...

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Money for Dominic Cummings’ mates

Why do so many public contracts end up with friends of Dominic Cummings? Like us, you might have wondered. But, although reporters pick these stories up, nothing ever happens. Well, this time it’s different. On 3...

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The PPE Fiasco

More details of PPE fiasco that left hundreds of doctors and nurses dead are starting to emerge. Whilst our EU partners were putting together emergency procurement arrangements in late January, it wasn’t until March that...

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Update: Attorney General’s Conduct

You may recall that we wrote to the Attorney General’s Office and the Cabinet Office in May, asking for information about the tendering of legal advice by the Attorney General, Suella Braverman, in relation to...

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PPE supplied by a sweet wholesaler?

The Government has awarded an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to a wholesaler of sweets. The enormous contract was awarded to the confectionery business seemingly without any advertising or competitive tendering process....

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Keep us safe from COVID-19: Review air pollution targets

To: George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs Dirty, polluted air damages the world around us and is a serious risk to our health. Now, evidence is mounting up...

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Update: We have requested for the case to be expedited

On the 1st of July Good Law Project and the Secretary of State for BEIS filed our position statements (available here) with the court. We believe that this case needs to be heard in the...

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They are shrinking public assets to grow their own

What we learned when Dominic Cummings went unpunished for committing a criminal offence is that justice isn’t blind. Whilst normal people made unbearable sacrifices – watching parents die over a videolink – those at heart...

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A personal message from Jolyon Maugham

Good Law Project started, without a single big backer and no employees, in my office just three years ago. It is astonishing then to look back at what we were able to achieve in 2019....

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Don’t cancel student nurses’ contracts

Update: Following an extensive campaign, with hundreds of thousands of people calling on the Government not to cancel nursing students’ contracts, the Government has now agreed that these contracts should be honoured in full. Thank you to...

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Windrush scandal

Today is Windrush Day, the anniversary of the arrival of hundreds of Caribbean people to the UK upon HMT Empire Windrush in 1948.  An annual celebration born just two years ago, Windrush Day is an opportunity...

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No way is this a proper use of public funds

We’re suing the Government over its decision to grant an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to Crisp Websites Limited. Since the start of the pandemic, Government has signed over 100 contracts – worth...

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We have now issued judicial review proceedings

We have now issued judicial review proceedings after the Government refused to launch an urgent inquiry into the failures to provide adequate PPE for NHS staff and other frontline care workers.  The challenge sets out the...

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Don’t let children go hungry this summer

Update: We are hugely grateful for your support. In light of the Government’s climb down we do not need to collect further funding. If you would like to support the ongoing work of the Good...

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We must have an urgent inquiry into PPE shortages

We have now issued judicial review proceedings after the Government refused to launch an urgent inquiry into the failures to provide adequate PPE for NHS staff and other frontline care workers.  The challenge sets out the...

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It is not good enough

This Government, by advancing proposals which remove the electoral franchise for the millions represented by physically vulnerable MPs, and this only months after the Government unlawfully suspended Parliament, has shown real contempt for the role...

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The Attorney General’s Conduct

We have watched with growing disbelief the justifications offered by Downing Street, various Cabinet members and latterly Dominic Cummings himself of his recent actions in travelling with his family to, and around, Durham during the...

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We have issued proceedings for judicial review

We have now issued proceedings for judicial review after the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it is not appropriate to review its outdated energy policy at this time. The Energy National Policy Statements...

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Inadequate PPE: Advice for doctors and nurses

Doctors and nurses are on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. But there are consistent and ongoing failures to provide them with adequate PPE.  At the request of Every Doctor, a campaign group of medical professionals...

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UPDATE: Leaked Guidance Shows NHS Trusts May Be Underreporting COVID-19 Deaths

Last week, we received leaked guidance from an NHS Trust which revealed that doctors were not required to report COVID-19 as the cause of death for patients. Here’s what the guidance said: ‘Doctors are asked...

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Helping us help those most in need

These are – you do not need me to say – difficult times for all of us, businesses included. However, our moral obligation to behave decently and our legal obligation to comply with the law...

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A personal message from our Director

In the coming weeks you will see some big changes at the Good Law Project. For three years the Good Law Project has been little more than bank account and battered Nokia. But the part time...

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