Whitehall's spending watchdog has launched an investigation into Greensill Capital's involvement in government-backed COVID support schemes prior to the firm's collapse.
The Foreign Office has summoned the Russian ambassador over concerns of "a pattern of malign behaviour", as the US announced sanctions against Moscow.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is being accused of "cronyism at the heart of government" by Labour after it was revealed he has been given shares in a family firm that has done business with the NHS.
Charities and health organisations have warned the COVID-19 pandemic is having a "catastrophic" impact on NHS services - as the number of people in England waiting to start hospital treatment hits a new record high.
The chair of the committee that exposed how the former government chief commercial officer was able to take a job at Greensill Capital while still working in Whitehall has said he's "not really come across anything like it before".
The starting gun has been fired in the battle to lead Labour's biggest trade union backer - in a vitally important contest for Sir Keir Starmer.