Michael Gove under investigation by standards watchdog

Michael Gove has been placed under investigation by parliament’s standards watchdog.

It relates to the housing secretary’s register of financial interests.

Further details will remain confidential until the inquiry is concluded – and those under investigation are barred from discussing the allegations.

Although the cause of investigation has not been published, last week the Guardian reported that Mr Gove did not register VIP hospitality he enjoyed at a football match with a Tory donor whose firm he had recommended for personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts with millions of pounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The levelling up secretary enjoyed entertainment at a Queens Park Rangers match in 2021 with David Meller, whose company Meller Designs was awarded six PPE contracts worth £164m following Mr Gove’s referral, the newspaper reported.

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