By Craig McDonald
26 Apr 2011 00:00
Tory Welfare Minister Chris Grayling
facing sleaze inquiry over contracts
TORY MP Chris Grayling was last night facing calls for a sleaze probe over a donation of
almost £28,000 linked to a firm lined up for multimillion pound Government deals.
TORY MP Chris Grayling was last night facing calls for a sleaze probe over a
donation of almost £28,000 linked to a firm lined up for multimillion pound
The Welfare Minister recently named Deloitte Ingeous as "preferred bidders" for
seven out of 40 contracts being awarded by his department to get people off
benefits and into jobs.
It came two years after another off-shoot of City giants Deloitte sent staff to work
in Grayling's office.
The senior Tory declared the £27,978 donation-in-kind in Parliament's register of
members' interests in September 2009 when he was shadow home secretary.
But Labour MP John Robertson says the decision to select Deloitte Ingeous
appeared to break the strict ministerial code of conduct. Glasgow charity Wise
Group were among those to lose out to Deloitte and Robertson - MP for Glasgow
North West - said the situation "stinks".
He has demanded an investigation and is writing to Prime Minister David Cameron
and the head of the civil service.
He said: "There is certainly something irregular that needs closer scrutiny."
A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions insisted that the
bidding process had been above board.