Scottish Secretary Alister Jack benefited from a Government-backed £2million Covid loan, the Sunday Mail can reveal. One Rebel – a fitness company part-owned by the multimillionaire senior Conservative cabinet minister – received the huge taxpayer cash injection at the height of the pandemic.
The firm operates a string of posh gyms in London but is currently in breach of the law after failing to file up-to-date accounts.
Our revelations come after the UK Government won the right in court earlier this month to keep the names of companies that received more than £47billion in Covid loans secret.
Opposition politicians have reacted with fury to the fact one beneficiary is a cabinet minister.Lib Dem Scotland spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "After the PPE procurement scandal and cosy alliances between Tory donors and peers, this Conservative government has cast a dark cloud over its ability to be up-front and honest.“Alister Jack is a major shareholder in a firm that is in breach of its financial duties.”Labour MSP Neil Bibby said: “The sooner we have a general election and kick out this hopeless Tory government, the better.“Juggling his many business interests while running a government department is clearly beyond him.”An SNP spokesman said: “We shouldn’t be surprised at reports suggesting that another company with links to a senior Tory is embroiled in another potential Covid funding scandal.“Every day more evidence emerges showing just how broken and corrupt Westminster is and how important it is for Scotland to chart its own path.”Records show that Dumfries and Galloway MP Jack is a major shareholder in Rebel One, owning over £70,000 of the firm.