Matt Hancock’s ex-neighbour under investigation by UK’s medicine agency

Exclusive: MHRA investigating former publican Alex Bourne who won £30m of work producing Covid test vials

The former publican and neighbour of Matt Hancock who secured lucrative work producing millions of vials for NHS Covid tests is under investigation by the UK’s medicine agency, the Guardian can reveal.

Alex Bourne, who used to run the Cock Inn near the health secretary’s old constituency home in Thurlow, won about £30m of work producing the test tubes despite having no prior experience in the medical devices industry.

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