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Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock are accused of acting “unlawfully” when awarding senior roles to three people in the UK’s fight against coronavirus, the Observer reports, citing documents submitted by campaigners to the High Court. The case has been lodged by the Good Law Project and the Runnymede Trust. It concerns the appointment of Dido Harding as head of NHS Test and Trace, Mike Coupe to the role of director of testing at NHS Test and Trace and Kate Bingham to the post of head of the UK’s vaccine task force. The claimants argue the appointments were made without advertising the positions.

Observer Front Page 22nd of November 2020

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, acted “unlawfully” when appointing three key figures – including the head of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding  – to posts in the fight against COVID-19, according to a legal challenge submitted by campaigners to the high court, The Observer reports.

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