A director of the PR firm appointed by the Government’s vaccine taskforce chief has been revealed as a business associate of Dominic Cummings ’ father-in-law.
According to Companies House, Angus Collingwood Cameron is director of Admiral Public Relations which was paid £670,000 of taxpayers’ cash by the task force run by government vaccine Tsar Kate Bingham.
He has also been a director since 2004 of the Chillingham Castle country estate owned by Humphry Wakefield, the father-in-law of the PM’s controversial top aide.
Ms Bingham, wife of Tory minister Jesse Norman, was criticised for the lavish appointment when the civil service has hundreds of its own press officers.
She has also faced questions over claims she showed US financiers private Government documents at a $200-a-head conference.
The venture capitalist was accused of giving detailed insight into the UK’s immunisation programme, including confidential data about official investment priorities.
The Government was accused of “dodgy cronyism” after it failed to carry out a proper recruitment process for the high-profile role.
Ms Bingham has billed taxpayers £670,000 for eight full-time consultants to run the vaccine taskforce’s media strategy since June.
A minister claimed that Mr Cummings had “no role whatsoever” in hiring the PR firm with links to his wife Mary’s father.
Tory frontbencher Lord Callanan rejected “baseless accusations” levelled at the under-fire head of the vaccines taskforce.
But Labour MP Darren Jones, who chairs the Commons Business Select Committee, called for Ms Bingham to be sacked.
He told MPs: “She has not only disclosed official sensitive documents to hedge fund managers in the United States, but has spent £670,000 of taxpayers’ money on private PR advisers.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said she was doing an “absolutely brilliant job” by securing doses of vaccines.
No 10 described the links as “imaginary and tenuous” despite Mr Collingwood Cameron working with Mr Cummings’ father-in-law.