Government was warned about pilot who left RAF

Why you should vote in next week’s local elections

Have your say

MINISTERS were warned two-and-a-half years ago about the former RAF squadron leader facing investigation over the cancelled privatisation of search-and-rescue operations, it has been claimed.

The Mail on Sunday reported yesterday that the government was told in 2008 how veteran helicopter pilot Mike Nash, 45, from Fareham, might have compromised the bidding process when in 2008 he left the RAF to work for CHC Helicopter.

The company is part of the consortium Soteria, which was hoping to win the contract, which would include the station at Lee-on-the-Solent. UK Air rescue was so concerned about Nash’s involvement that it withdrew from the bid.

Mr Nash is the subject of a military police investigation, after the £6 billion deal fell through last week when it was revealed that the former RAF man potentially had inside knowledge of how the MoD had drawn up the criteria for the bid.