Priti Patel accused of conflict of interest in MoD contract

Lib Dems ask home secretary to clarify relationship with US military tech supplier ViasatThe home secretary, Priti Patel, has been urged to withdraw from cabinet discussions about a lucrative £6bn defence contract, after it emerged that the...

Priti Patel accused of conflict of interest in MoD contract

Lib Dems ask home secretary to clarify relationship with US military tech supplier Viasat

The home secretary, Priti Patel, has been urged to withdraw from cabinet discussions about a lucrative £6bn defence contract, after it emerged that the US company that paid her £1,000 an hour to advise it plans to bid for the work.

Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesperson, said the fact that Patel had worked for Viasat in the period running up to her appointment as home secretary created the risk of a conflict of interest now she was in government.

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