Tory donor lobbied minister to speed up his £65m PPE deal

Exclusive: Documents raise questions about whether David Meller received preferential treatment

A prominent Tory donor lobbied a government minister to speed up the award of a £65m government contract to his company supplying face masks, according to documents obtained by the Guardian.

David Meller personally contacted the minister by phone last year to seek help overcoming delays in negotiations between the government and a fashion company he co-owned that was offering to supply personal protective equipment (PPE).

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