Yesterday there was a bit of a flurry on Twitter about Andrew Lansley’s office being funded by a private health care company. I thought it was ‘new’ news but everyone seemed to be tweeting (or ‘tweetering’ as Paul Dacre would have it) a link to a two year old Telegraph article, headline: “Andrew Lansley bankrolled by private healthcare provider”.

I asked Mr Lansley about his ‘close’ relationship with such private healthcare interests at Health questions in October last year. He took offence. Here’s the exchange.

Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East, Labour)

In the wake of the former Defence Secretary’s resignation and the fact that 40 peers who voted on the Health and Social Care Bill have private sector health interests, and given the Secretary of State’s known connections with private health care companies, can he assure the House that he has been as transparent as possible about the influence of private health care companies on the passage of the Bill?

Andrew Lansley (Secretary of State, Health; South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)

I am sorry, but I think the hon. Lady should withdraw that. I have no connection with private health care companies, and if I did, I would have entered it in the register of Members’ interests.

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