Director of PPE firm awarded £203m of NHS contracts steps down after watchdog announces probe into Michelle Mone’s ‘alleged involvement’

The House of Lords commissioners for standards are considering a complaint against the Conservative peer Michelle Mone, relating to the PPE business awarded £203m government contracts after she referred it to the Cabinet Office in May 2020.

A director of the PPE firm which is under investigation over its links to Tory peer and lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone has suddenly left the company.

Voirrey Coole, 40, had been an officer with PPE Medpro since it was formed on May 12, 2020.

That same month Lady Mone – who has strenuously denied any association with the company – recommended it to the Cabinet Office as a potential supplier.

The firm went on to win contracts worth £203million to supply the NHS with face masks and surgical gowns.

In January Labour peer George Foulkes referred Lady Mone – who is married to Isle of Man-based billionaire Doug Barrowman – to the House of Lords Commissioners for Standards over PPE Medpro.

They confirmed she would be investigated and it is understood the probe would look closely at any connections she and her husband had to PPE Medpro’s directors Anthony Page and Ms Coole.

Yesterday papers announced Ms Coole – another Isle of Man resident – had left the firm.

The company filings announced her appointment had been terminated, but her own listing declared her as having resigned.

Mone, has not posted on her Twitter feed for nearly four months – the last time on January 7 saying ‘I love to put on makeup to feel my best-self’.

Lady Mone has repeatedly denied any association with the company, which she recommended to the Cabinet Office as a potential supplier in May 2020.

Although she has no actual formal connections with the company, her denials have come under scrutiny thanks to publicly documented connections between Anthony Page, PPE Medpro’s owner, and businesses run by Lady Mone and her husband Mr Barrowman.

Labour peer George Foulkes referred her to the commissioners in January earlier this year.