Lord Bethell faces mounting pressure to quit

Lord Bethell faces mounting pressure to quit over sponsorship of a pass for Matt Hancock’s aide

  • The Tory peer could face an investigation by the Lords standards commissioner
  • Accused of failing to declare meetings between himself and Covid contractees 
  • Peer sponsored a parliamentary pass for former Hancock aide Gina Coladangelo 

Health minister Lord Bethell faces pressure to resign over his sponsorship of a pass for Matt Hancock’s aide and his use of a personal email account for work.

The Tory peer could face an investigation by the Lords standards commissioner as soon as this week into a potential breach of rules over the parliamentary pass. 

He has also been accused of failing to declare meetings between himself and companies that won Covid contracts.

The Tory peer could face an investigation by the Lords standards commissioner as soon as this week into a potential breach of rules over the parliamentary pass

From March last year, the peer sponsored a parliamentary pass for Gina Coladangelo, who was filmed in a clinch with former health secretary Mr Hancock. 

Lords rules state that, to receive a pass, a person must conduct secretarial work or research for a peer. Lord Bethell has not said what work she did for him.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Brinton said Lord Bethell ‘must come clean and address these serious allegations’ and ‘if he refuses, then he must consider his position’. 

Lord Bethell declined to comment on the issuing of Miss Coladangelo’s pass.

Both Miss Coladangelo and Mr Hancock have since left their posts, but Lord Bethell remains in his job as a health minister.

The peer is also facing scrutiny over his use of a personal email account for work.

Matt Hancock, former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care walks, with Gina Coladangelo

He has been accused of failing to declare 27 meetings between him and companies which went on to receive £1 billion worth of Covid contracts.

Downing Street has suggested that the use of the private email address was allowed within the rules and the peer insisted he had done nothing wrong.

Lord Bethell insisted he sought to uphold the ministerial code ‘in everything I do’ as he was questioned by peers last week.

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