Lingerie tycoon baroness Michelle Mone leaves the House of Representatives for a rare public appearance.
The 51-year-old Conservative was spotted dining at trendy Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, London.
It was the first time the millionaire has been spotted since she was accused of making millions of pounds from a company she recommended to the government for PPE contracts.
The Scottish founder of underwear brand Ultimo is still under investigation by the watchdogs of the House of Lords.
The Sun reported that Britain’s National Crime Agency launched a possible fraud investigation into their company in December.
MPs and colleagues are not allowed to use their political positions to lobby on behalf of the private companies from which they receive money.
Baroness Mone’s lawyers say she is “in no way affiliated with PPE Medpro” and deny allegations she benefited from the pandemic contracts.
A spokesman for the peer said: “With immediate effect, Baroness Mone will take a leave of absence from the House of Lords to clear her name of the allegations wrongly leveled against her.”
Isle of Man-based PPE Medpro and a UK subsidiary were formed in May 2020, just weeks before the company won an order to supply 25 million sterile gowns and masks.
The Guardian revealed earlier this year how dresses bought by the government for £122m were bought by a Chinese manufacturer for £46m.