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Sam Bright is Byline Times’ Investigations Editor

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2020 SPOTLIGHT: The Great Procurement Scandal

, 31 December 2020
Sam Bright investigates the trends that underpin the Government’s outpouring of contracts to corporate giants and friends of the regime

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme ‘Epidemiologically Illiterate’ As Sunak Failed to Consult Scientists, New Report Reveals

, 21 December 2020
While the Chancellor avoided consulting experts, other ministers used them as scapegoats – as chaos reigned in Downing Street, a damning new report into the pandemic suggests

EXCLUSIVE UK ‘Mega Lab’ Cut Working Hours Last Week Amid ‘Shortages’

, 21 December 2020
Byline Times understands that one of the UK’s largest ‘Lighthouse’ labs was forced to scale down its operation last week, despite surging demand

EXCLUSIVE £66.7 Million Birmingham Nightingale Hospital Has Admitted No Patients in Eight Months

, 18 December 2020
Sam Bright reports on how Birmingham’s flagship facility has been free of patients since Prince William opened the hospital in April

EXCLUSIVE ‘Test and Trace’ Replacing Corporate Giants With £800-a-day In-House Consultants

, 17 December 2020
Sam Bright has the inside track on a new Government hiring blitz and its attempts to oust expensive, controversial consultancy giants

The Tyranny of the Brexit Minority

, 16 December 2020
Boris Johnson’s ‘no deal’ posturing is a reminder of how Brexit has violated British democracy, argues Sam Bright

Serco and G4S May Be Excluded from Government Contracts Under New Proposals

, 15 December 2020
Sam Bright digs into the Cabinet Office’s new manifesto to fix the UK’s private sector procurement system

EXCLUSIVE Hotel Carpeting Company Awarded Contract to Supply COVID-19 Tests

, 14 December 2020
A small carpeting supplier has been contracted again by the Government, having already being awarded deals for personal protective equipment worth £5.3 million

Government Set For £16.2 Billion Private Sector ‘Test and Trace’ Splurge Despite Repeated Failures

, 11 December 2020
The spending watchdog documents the failures of the corporate-led ‘Test and Trace’ system, yet says we should brace for more private sector involvement in the Coronavirus response

EXCLUSIVE Firm with Links to Matt Hancock’s Family Awarded £5.5 Million COVID Testing Deal

, 10 December 2020
The chairman of the healthcare firm is the former business partner of Matt Hancock’s mum and step-father

EXCLUSIVE ‘I Contacted Cabinet Office and Offered to Buy a Machine in China’ says Marine Firm Owner Given £5 Million Contract for Masks

, 8 December 2020
Sam Bright speaks to the owner of a naval design firm about how he acquired a contract to supply face masks – who also appears to reject the consensus of scientists and officials on the Coronavirus pandemic

EXCLUSIVE Government Outsources Responsibility for Outsourcing

, 7 December 2020
The professional services giant Deloitte is being employed to help the Government to interpret and implement its own ‘Outsourcing Playbook’

EXCLUSIVE Wealthy London Areas With Low COVID Case Rates Included in Rapid Testing Programme

, 4 December 2020
Westminster and the City of London are among the areas receiving lateral flow tests, despite having relatively low case rates, reports Sam Bright

EXCLUSIVE Government Orders Local Areas Not to Deploy Negative Brexit Ads

, 3 December 2020
Boris Johnson’s Government isn’t prepared to risk the reputation of Brexit, no matter what the cost, reports Sam Bright

EXCLUSIVE Chumocracy: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Business Partner Appointed to Senior Trade Role

, 2 December 2020
The former Conservative Party vice-chair has been given a high-profile Government job, alongside an ex-Conservative MP

EXCLUSIVE Sunak Schmoozes Rebekah Brooks

, 2 December 2020

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