Thursday 25th November 2021
The Minister for the Cabinet Office (D) appeals against the order made by O’Farrell J dated 29/6/21 declaring that the D’s decision of 5/6/20 to award a contract to Public First Limited gave rise to apparent bias and was unlawful on that basis.
The case arises out of the D’s direct award of a contract to Public First, a polling company, on the recommendation of Dominic Cummings. The directors of Public First were said to be known to both D and Mr Cummings.
The complaint is that D failed to consider any other research agency by reference to objective criteria, and that there was a real possibility that the decision to award the contract to Public First was biased.
Lower Court Judgment: