A Tory health minister has cut his public ties with a corporate-backed group he founded, which was lobbying his own department in favour of changes worth millions of pounds to the biotech industry — where he was a formerly an executive.
References to George Freeman MP as the “parliamentary founder” of the organisation have been deleted from their website after Scrapbook highlighted that the so-called “grassroots campaign organisation” was actually, errrr, supported by private equity groups and run by professional bioscience lobbyists.
In a statement Freeman’s office said:
“George has never received any money from [Patents4Data] and has no ongoing role or connection to the group.
“As a Minister, George is subject to, and complies with, the very strict Code of Conduct of Ministers which ensures no possible conflicts.
And who attends the NHS England care.data advisory group meetings on behalf of this “grassroots” body?
Professional life sciences spinner Cynthia Clark.