Labour has become embroiled in its own “cronyism” row as it emerged that Sadiq Khan has handed out £500 million in contracts without going through the usual tender process,
The contracts, which were not put out to competitive bidding, include five agreements awarded to a firm whose chairman is the uncle of a Labour frontbencher, who at the time worked for the London Mayor.
The revelations have led senior Tories to accuse Labour (which has repeatedly attacked the Government for awarding contracts to firms during the coronavirus without openly advertising them) of hypocrisy.
Transport for London, which he is chairman of, has awarded approximately half a billion pounds through 946 contracts which did not go through the usual open tendering process.
The firm’s chairman, Peter Murray, is the uncle of James Murray, the former deputy mayor for housing at City Hall who advised Mr Khan during his election campaigns.