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Danny Alexander thanks Exaro for uncovering tax scandal

Minister makes statement to Parliament on civil servants who work ‘off payroll’ By Hui Shan Khoo, Susan Cooke and Alex Varley-Winter | 23 May 2012 Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander today paid tribute to Exaro in Parliament for exposing the scandal of civil servants being paid ‘off payroll’. Announcing the results of a review by the UK Treasury into […]

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MoD knew of Cayman payments in Saudi defence deal

Exposed: Ministry of Defence officials raised concern, but failed to stop transfers By Frederika Whitehead, Mark Watts, Guy Eaton and Susan Cooke | 18 May 2012 “My concerns have increased since the local MoD team in Saudi advised payments to the Cayman Islands company are unlikely to be approved when next reviewed by the MoD in the UK” – Internal GPT e-mail […]

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MoD oversees lucrative Saudi defence contract

Ministry of Defence is responsible for ensuring ‘governance’ in Sangcom project By Guy Eaton, Mark Watts, Frederika Whitehead, Alison Winward and Susan Cooke 18 May 2012 At the heart of a massive Saudi defence deal and the flow of money through the Cayman Islands lies the UK’s Ministry of Defence. The ministry runs the contract, known as the Sangcom project, to […]

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NHS offers million-pound contracts to pharmacies

By Susan Cooke | 22 December 2011 Lucrative contracts with NHS hospitals are providing unprecedented opportunities for pharmacy and retail chains. Hospital trusts are contracting out pharmacy services to private chemists so that the NHS can make large savings on VAT thanks to an anomaly in tax rules. Lloydspharmacy already has outpatient pharmacies in seven acute hospital trusts, 13 mental-health […]

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MPs snub training sessions on parliamentary rules

Out of 650 MPs, only 16 show up for special seminars about code of conduct By Susan Cooke | 12 December 2011 “It is surely a cause for concern that only 16 MPs from the new 2010 intake of 233 attended the seminars” – Caroline Lucas, Green MP Only 16 MPs turned up at three special parliamentary training […]

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Pressure builds on DPP to re-think block on Lord Janner case

Chorus of calls from 393 MPs/election candidates for Alison Saunders to reverse decision By Mark Watts and Mark Conrad | 25 April 2015 Updated many times, latest: 7 May 2015, with additional MPs/election candidates, comments, and amended figures, as well as altered second headline. MPs are joining the call on director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders to reverse her decision […]