Matt Hancock committed a ‘minor breach’ of the ministerial code when a Covid contract was awarded to his sister’s company in which he had share holdings, a report has found.

Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, found that the health secretary made a ‘technical’ breach of the ministerial code of conduct by failing to declare that a family firm, which he has a 20% stake in, had won an NHS contract.

However, he added that Mr Hancock had ‘a lack of knowledge’ of the contract and that the conflict of interest was ‘in no way deliberate’.

It comes after Boris Johnson as cleared of breaching the code over his controversial Downing Street makeover.

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