Carole Cadwalladr+ Your Authors @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Aug. 18, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

A casual browse through Dido Harding’s tweets & oh look. Here she is pointing out the links between her, her husband, the health secretary who appointed her to Test&Trace & the CEO of Serco who got £10bn Test&Trace contract. The connection? No, not health. It’s horse racing

Matt Hancock whose constituency is Newmarket. Dido Harding on board of Cheltenham Festival. Nick Soames, CEO of Serco, owns the Tote.

This video from *after* @WHO declared a global pandemic.

These are the people in charge of the nation’s health.

Matt Hancock’s political activities supported by £100k + donations from racing industry appoints Jockey Club’s Dido Harding to top public health role before org is even established & dishes out £10bn contract to one of main investors in horse racing’s £ machine: the Tote.

I sincerely hope @Keir_Starmer & @JonAshworth & @Jeremy_Hunt will ask serious questions about both tendering & appointment processes because to lay observer it looks like billions of £ of public money going to small bunch of cronies at expense of entire nation’s future health

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