The boss of the outsourcer at the centre of a row over the NHS’s Covid test and trace scheme has launched a scathing attack on a senior Labour MP over comments it should be “sacked” for perceived failings.

Rupert Soames, chief executive of Serco, said he was “surprised” at the comments by shadow cabinet secretary Rachel Reeves earlier this week.

Ms Reeves was one of a number of MPs to have urged the Government to “sack Serco”, which is one of the firms hired to deliver Boris Johnson’s contract tracing regime.

Mr Soames told The Telegraph that critics of his company had chosen to “weaponise” outsourcers such as Serco instead of directing their criticism towards the NHS.

He added: “It is an alternative way of attack. The idea that some people don’t like outsourcing is hardly new. There are many people in the Labour Party that don’t agree with it at all.

“I am surprised by Rachel Reeves. She is very senior, she knows what goes on in Government. And she seems to have a particular focus on Serco. 

“It is downright untruthful to say that Serco is running Test and Trace. And I’d be very surprised if she didn’t know it.”

Mr Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, insisted that the programme had been a success, as Serco revealed its contract for Test and Trace had been extended.

The company noted that it runs a quarter of Test and Trace sites and is one of two companies making contact tracing calls, but it was not responsible for laboratory testing or the booking of tests.

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