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Matt Hancock says breaching law was in 'national interest' and he'd do it again

Defiant Matt Hancock has claimed he would breach the law over Covid contracts again if he was in the same situation. The Health Secretary refused to apologise after a judge ruled he “breached his legal obligation” to publish details of contracts within 30 days.

The breach applied to “a substantial number of cases" - 217 out of 520 relevant contracts leading up to October 2020. Labour urged Mr Hancock to deal with allegations of "cronyism" by publishing all the details of outstanding contracts and winding down emergency procurement powers.

Several contracts have been awarded to people or companies with links to either the minister personally or the Conservative Party.

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