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Published date : 29 July, 2021

Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has today written to Michael Gove, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in order to ask for further information regarding allegations made by the Good Law Project regarding political polling using taxpayer funds.

The Good Law Project alleges that the UK Government pressed civil servants to proceed with handing a £110k per month contract to a PR firm with no prior experience of mainstream political polling. The PR firm has links to Vote Leave, Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove himself.

Hanbury Strategy were asked to conduct political polling on key opposition figures, such as Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer. The Good Law Project have argued that the polling was being done using taxpayer money for the benefit of the Conservative Party and not the country.

Mr Wishart wrote a scathing letter to Michael Gove and demanded to know when the results of the polling would be made public.

Speaking this evening (29th July) Mr Wishart said:

“Never before has political trust in our political institutions been so important. Little-by-little we have seen UK Government failures during the pandemic eat away at what little trust there is left from the public.

“Surveying public attitude does play an important role in policy development, but this looks more like public money being handed to cronies in order to benefit the Tory party. I cannot see any possible reason to be awarding a company who civil servants identified as having ‘no mainstream polling experience’ a contract for £110k per month. That is an eye-watering figure, and one which the UK Government cannot be allowed to sweep under an ever-burgeoning carpet. 

“Mr Gove should come clean and explain how this came about and publish the polling that was conducted using public funds.”

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