Sunday Mirror

Boris and Han­cock fac­ing­court chal­lenge

- BY CHRIS MCLAUGH­LIN Boris Johnson · Matthew Hancock · National Institutes of Health

BORIS John­son and Matt Han­cock could be taken to court over is­sues linked to the test and trace scheme.

The PM faces ques­tions over ap­point­ing Tory peer Dido

Hard­ing – in charge of the pro­gramme – as head of the new Na­tional In­sti­tute of Health Pro­tec­tion.

And Health Sec­re­tary Mr Han­cock is fac­ing ac­tion af­ter scam­mers ac­cessed de­tails of pub and res­tau­rant cus­tomers us­ing test and trace. The ac­tions have been taken by cam­paign groups the Run­nymede Trust and the Good Law Project. They claim breach of equal­ity laws be­cause the NIHP post and an­other key role were not ad­ver­tised.

Bar­ris­ter Jolyon Maugham, di­rec­tor of Good Law, said: “Ap­point­ments seem to be about who you know rather than what you know.” And Dr Hal­ima Begum, of Run­nymede Trust, said: “They were un­fair to those born with­out a sil­ver spoon in their mouth.” Le­gal pa­pers claim the PM is re­spon­si­ble for two breaches of the Equal­ity Act 2010. He has un­til Novem­ber 11 to re­spond or face ac­tion in the courts.

A spokesman for No10 said they would not com­ment on any “pend­ing or on­go­ing lit­i­ga­tion”.

SCAMMED Mr Han­cock

 ??  ?? DE­CI­SION Mr John­son
DE­CI­SION Mr John­son

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