Tory “Donorgate” – A Comprehensive List!
|David Cameron & Tories
Bankrolled By Companies Set To Make
Millions Out Of NHS Contracts
Awarded By Government After
Radical NHS Reforms
, insurance companies and the big banks and hedge funders etc, who all donate millions to the Tory Party have on Tory policy? On our lives, these are unelected big business, banks and newspaper barons, that are dictating the way we live our lives. Below is a list, a must read, any you see I have left off please post and I will research them and add them on, this is important, this is an outright threat to our democracy, our NHS, our jobs etc. You cannot trust this government, they have blatantly lied, connived, deliberate mislead the us, stole our votes fraudulently, let’s kick them out BEFORE they do much more damage and BEFORE they privatise our NHS.
It is naive to think that all these people donate millions of pounds to the Conservative party and want nothing back in return, of course they do. Stuart Wheeler who has donated millions of pounds to the Tories even admits this. (See below)
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley‘s restructuring of the NHS will be as music to the ears of private healthcare companies – many owned by private equity firms who have made generous donations to the Tory party in the recent past.
How much influence do big money donors hope to buy with their money?
As former multi-millionaire Tory donor who has donated millions to the Conservatives Stuart Wheeler says, “absolutely natural and unobjectionable” for big donors to gain influence over policy”.
So we can presume from his statement that Mr Wheeler has in fact gained influence from the Conservative party/government, in return for his donations?
In just eight short months many of the private healthcare companies have donated over three quarters of a million pounds (£750.000) to the Conservative party, these are companies that are set to cash in on the Tory led government’s plans to totally gut the NHS.
Under the Tories’ total dismantling and destruction of the health service, despite protests, GPs will be forced to take charge of the purse strings of the £80 billion budget. It could mean private firms land multi-million-pound contracts as hard-pressed family doctors hire them to deal with other parts of the service and handle the accounts. There are fears those companies will end up buying services like operations and hospital care from the private sector under “any willing provider” instead of buying care from the NHS under the present preferred provider scheme. The NHS will become just another part of the “any willing provider” system. Under Lansley’s plans, hospitals will be allowed to provide unlimited private care, where any “willing provider” will be able to deliver services.
With competition law now set to be enforced, NHS hospitals will have no more right to carry out NHS operations than private healthcare firms.
This is already happening under NHS Direct pilot schemes where the service has been renamed NHS 111 and already these pilot schemes are reporting and sharp increase in the number of people being sent to Accident & Emergency Services, as untrained staff feel unable to make a judgement call on patients ringing the service. (Medically trained operators are being replaced with people who have undergone just 72 hours training)
GPs are, generally speaking, neither managers nor accountants. As a result, other “winners” will be private management consultants such asPricewaterhouseCoopers and McKinsey, who also anticipate huge income from Lansley’s restructuring.
Tory Donors and the NHS
Lord Blyth – Boots Chemists deputy chairman. Tory Donor. Stands to gain from the break up and privatisation of the NHS wants to buy the Walk in Centres.
UK Pharmaceutical Industry Courting the Conservative party –
The UK pharmaceutical industry has also begun gearing up for a change in government, as drug companies have been reshuffling their public affairs teams and courting the Conservative party. The American Pharmaceutical Group handed public affairs briefs to Hanover Communications, who also represents National Health Service (NHS) cancer screening departments, and in December 2009 hosted a meeting on the Conservatives’ approach to regulating business.
John Nash – Hedge fund boss is one of the major Conservative donors with close ties to the healthcare industry.
John Nash and wife Caroline gave £203,500 to the party over the past five years.
Andrew Lansley also accepted a £21,000 donation for his private office from John Nash, chairman of Care UK.
Mr Nash STILL continues to work as a consultant to the firm, which provides walk-in centres, GP surgeries and other specialist services, after selling his majority stake to a private equity firm last year.
Lansley has been accused of a direct conflict of interest because Care UK makes 96 per cent of its money from the NHS.
At the time the Lib Dems slammed the payments as a “staggering conflict of interest”.
Now the Liberal Democrats are totally ignoring this and helping the Tories vote the decimation of our NHS through parliament.
MORE than a year after a company chairman’s wife donated £21,000 to the office of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, the same company has been awarded a £53m NHS prison health contract.
The contract, awarded by the North-East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, has been awarded to Care UK rather than current NHS providers.
Private Health Care – companies had donated £750,000 to the Tory party, asking: Doesn’t the Prime Minister see the conflict of interest in this?
Sir Peter Gershon – Chair of Healthcare UK and whose company stands to benefit millions from NHS cuts, which Sir Peter himself helped the Tories to draw up! If ever there was a clear cut case of conflict of interests this is it.
Ryan Robson – Major Tory donor who has given the party £252,429.45 his company invests in numerous private healthcare firms including Choice and Christchurch Court, which provide specialist and residential care.
His donations included £50,000 to be a member of the party’s “Leader’s Group”, a secretive cash-for-access club. The would-be MP, who tried but failed to get selected as the election candidate in Bracknell, is managing partner at Sovereign Capital.
Dolar Popat – Nursing and care home tycoon has given the Conservatives £209,000.
Has amassed an estimated £42million fortune as founder and chief of TLC Group, which provides services for the elderly.
Mr Cameron made the businessman a peer shortly after entering No10 last May, and Lord Popat’s donations include a £25,000 gift registered a week after the Tories’ health reforms were unveiled last July.
Sir Christopher Gent – non-executive chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, (drug company) has given £113,400 to the Conservative Party.
IC Technology– which provides computer services to the NHS, has handed the Tories £70,000 over the past two years.
Philip Scott – chief of the Priory Group, has donated £20,000.
The famous Priory Clinic is private but Mr Scott has revealed in the past most of its income comes from NHS or local council referrals.
The Trichological Clinic Limited – which operates out of Harrods has handed balding David Cameron and the Tories £10,000 last year.
Senior Tories – who helped formulate the party’s health policy in Opposition have had links to private health care and health insurance firms.
Julian Schild – When in opposition Shadow minister Stephen O’Brien’s office received three payments totalling £40,000 from Julian Schild. Mr Schild’s family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.
BUPA – Mark Simmonds MP – A second shadow health minister Mark Simmonds accepted a US trip to Boston worth £4,512 from private health provider BUPA.
Lord McColl of Dulwich – Tory health spokesman in the Lords, is a consultant of Endeavour Healthcare. David cameron has previously defended Lord McColl of Dulwich, after it emerged that the peer is a paid consultant to a new private healthcare company that provides a paid-for rival to the NHS’s GP service.
Dr Mark Lloyd-Davies – Defeated Prospective Tory MP for Bristol South.
Would have made a valuable addition to the Conservatives’ pharma-friendly team. According to the Conservative website: “Mark is the UK head of the pharmaceutical government affairs and communications team in the world’s largest healthcare company [Sanofi-Aventis], so he’s already familiar with the workings of Westminster.”
Her website states she works as a management consultant specialising in healthcare, mainly in the NHS but does not mention her employer McKinsey.
Aventis Pharma –
Henry Angest – Flowidea Ltd Arbuthnot Banking Group Plc £1,347, 600
Zac and Ben Goldsmith – The world’s most famous banking dynasty. The Conservative party hid donations of £40,000 from from Zac Goldsmith, his brother Ben and two billionaire brothers in an apparent breach of the law.
The donations were recorded on official records as coming from Unicorn Administration, an intermediary company that helps run the finances of the super-rich.
Stanly Fink… Co-treasurer, Conservative Party, is apparently “the Godfather” of the hedge fund industry and runs hedge fund International Standard Asset Management .
Fink also a key donor to the Boris Johnson mayoral campaign he donated morethan £1 million to the Tories in the run up to the 2010 general election.
David Cameron – has taken millions of pounds in donations from hedge-fund managers whose firms made fortunes taking bets that the share price in British banks would fall. Donors are entitled to attend intimate suppers with Cameron.
These intimate suppers were held at Cameron’s House of Commons offices but after being criticised by the standards watchdog they now take place outside parliament.
Michael Hintze …Head of CQS, who has given £662,500 and whose organisation shorted shares in Bradford and Bingley.
Paul Ruddock… Chief Executive Landsdowne Hedge Fund said to have made £100m short-selling Northern Rock, has given the Conservatives almost £210,000.
David Craigen…who has donated £50,000. Paul Ruddock and David Craigen own investment firm, Lansdowne, and short sold shares in HBOS.
Howard Shore – A multi-millionaire banker and Tory donor Raising £2 million for the Tory party is sponsoring David Cameron’s lavish £1,000-a-head Tory ball next week (Feb 2011) Mr Shore will be one of dozens of super-rich bankers toasting the Government’s failure to make a major dent in their £7billion bonuses. The star guests will be Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne.
Premier tickets for the event cost £1,000 each, or £10,000 for a table. The cheapest seats for less well-heeled Tories are £400 a head or £4,000 a table. Up to 1,200 people, including regulars Mr Cameron and his wife Samantha, will attend next Monday’s bash in South London, which aims to raise £2million for the Party.
RF Trustee Co – Several donors, but five of these belonged to the Fleming Banking Family. £1, 689, 500
Pierre Rolin – Credit Suisse Mr Rolin gave £12,000 to the Tory Party in February last year, taking his total donations to £88,000. He also moved in the same circles as Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, giving his office the initial £80,000 capital for a study into the Olympic Park’s new visitor attraction . Mr Rolin is currently being pursued through the courts by creditors for £43 million.
Prominent figures from the financial services industry – gave £500,000 (€574,838) to the UK’s Conservative Party in the second week of the General Election campaign, amounting to nearly a quarter of all of donations to the opposition party.
Accountancy giants KMPG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Grant Thornton have donated to the Conservative party the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash and non-cash donations such as staff secondments and consultancy services.
KPMG – Donated over £400.000 to Tories
Pricewaterhouse Coopers – Donated over £500.000 This company anticipates huge income from Andrew Lansley’s radical restructuring of the NHS.
Deloitte – £400,000 worth of non-cash services from Deloitte since 2005
Grant Thornton – made a non-cash donation of £15,000 over the same period
It is no surprise that these companies gave around £1 million in staff time to the Tory party, pre-election, to help get them into power! Question that*MUST* be asked, if this is so, then these companies MUST have known what the Cameron, Lansley and the Tories were intending to do with the NHS. Which PROVES that Cameron, Osborne and Lansley were LYING and gaining votes under false pretenses! Remember Cameron said; “there will be no more top down reorganisation of the NHS”
All these companies benefited from the government’s decision to close down the Audit Commission, the public spending quango.
The Tories went on accepting almost £100,000 worth of donations from the disgraced tax exile more than a year after they said he had stopped supporting them financially.
Seeming to be seen as a guardian of public health, Lansley wants the makers of fattening foods to pay for adverts highlighting the dangers of obesity, whilst at the same ensuring that the regulation of their unhealthy foods will become even lighter thanks to his abolition of the Food Standards Agency.
DLA Piper/Nick Clegg/Francis Maude – Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, today defended the government after it emerged that the law firm where the deputy prime minster’s wife works has a long-standing contract with his department.
Maude said it would be “ridiculous” to debar companies whose employees are related to ministers after criticism over the Cabinet Office paying the legal firm that employs Miriam González Durántez £88,000 this year.
Michael Spencer – Chief Executive IPG Ltd Intercaptial Private Group £3,832,400 Billionaire Oxford alumnus and founder of ICAP, one of the world’s biggest brokers. He is also the party’s co-treasurer, owns the spreadbetting firm City Index and has other business interests. He has raised millions for the Conservative party.
Stuart Wheeler – in the past has given £3.933. 300 said it is “absolutely natural and unobjectionable” for big donors to gain influence over policy. “Fairness isn’t the be all and end all.” (So we can assume that Stuart Wheeler is gaining influence in the Tory party for his mega bucks?)
May Makhzoumi – gave £50.000 to Tories on the eve of the election, the Tories received large donations from the wives of two controversial Middle Eastern businessmen linked to arms deals. Data from the Electoral Commission showed May Makhzoumi gave the Tories £50,000 a week before the election.Her billionaire Lebanese husband, Fouad, was involved in a weapons deal scandal that brought down the former Tory defence minister, Jonathan Aitken.
Rosemary Said – £50,000 donation was recorded a week earlier from Rosemary Said, the wife of Wafic Said. Mr Said was linked to a deal between BAE and Saudi Arabia, which was investigated by the Serious Fraud Office following allegations of bribery. Mr Said, born in Syria, is barred from making donations to British political parties as he is not deemed to be a British resident. He has denied distributing commissions to members of the Saudi royal family.
Big Business Tory Donors
Andrew Cook – Mr Cook donated £500,000 to the Conservative party, along with the £54,000 worth of plane flights to David Cameron largest donor in Yorkshire and caused uproar when it emerged that Cook had successfully lobbied to prevent Sheffield Forgemasters from getting a government loan, which remains a highly controversial issue – Nick Clegg deliberately mislead the House over this issue.
The man who donated almost £750,000 in cash and flights to Cameron’s campaign started an email “I am the largest donor to the conservative party” and then went on to call for the loan to Forgemasters to be axed.
Downing Street are unable to confirm if Cameron was personally lobbied.
Question; Why? It is in the public interest, possible corruption of our government always is!
Six more questions spring to mind
1. Why was Forgemasters loan cancelled when other loans to business weren’t?
2. Was Cameron lobbied by Andrew Cook, the owner of a rival company to Sheffield Forgemasters and who has made several unsuccessful bids to buy the company in the past?
3. And was Mr Cook, the Tory donor, present on any one of the 23 flights David Cameron accepted from him?
4. Why was the loan refused, when it so obviously more than met the criteria Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and Vince Cable (remember him?) set to try and grow British manufacturing jobs?
5. And what an earth was Nick Clegg doing allowing this to happen in his own back yard?
6. And has Nick Clegg been reprimanded for deliberately misleading the House of Commons?
David Ross – Founder, Carphone Warehouse
Aidan Heavey – chief executive of Tullow Oil, has donated £5,500.
Hunter Boots – which is owned by Tory minister and long-term donor to the Conservative Party Lord Marland. Prime Minister David Cameron gave two pairs of Hunter wellies to President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha. (Bet Cameron did NOT pay for them!)
Reuben Brothers – £14,390 came from the Reuben brothers, property developers and aluminium tycoons who made a fortune in Russia
The Bamford Family – JCB Researchers/World Brands £3, 898,900
Robert Edmiston – IM Properties International Motors Ltd £3, 274, 200
He was questioned by detectives about the secret loan deal that he struck with the Conservative Party which had the effect of circumventing the law that requires all donations of £5,000 or more to be made public.
Midlands Industrial Council – (plus individual members) have donated £3, 135,500. Has also in three years given £950,000 to 50 constituency parties including Mr Cameron’s, which received £5,500.
Most of the members of the MIC, which is registered to a terraced house in a Lincolnshire village, are anonymous.
The MIC gives £1 million a year to Constituency Campaigning Services, a support centre for Tory candidates, at Coleshill Manor, a Midlands country house. Mr Edmiston, a key member of MIC, owns Coleshill Manor. He was not available for comment.
Mr Cameron, challenged on the BBC One Sunday AM programme (Oct 1 2006)about the confidential backers of the MIC, said that he knew the identity of them because he had met them. But the party said later that it would continue to withhold their identities. It is taking advantage of a loophole in election law which means that the membership list can remain confidential because MIC is an unincorporated association.
The Coleshill Manor centre was described by Conservative Central Office as independent of the party and registered with the Electoral Commission as a “regulated donee”. Mr Cameron contradicted that yesterday when he said Coleshill Manor was “effectively a part of the Conservative Party”.
The commission states that membership associations registered as regulated donees cannot be part of a political party.
ABC- Abbey Business Centres – (Lord Laidlaw’s company) had also donated £60,000 in the form of free rent and services last year(2009) The donations are controversial because of Laidlaw’s tax status.
Records show ABC donated £5,000 in rent and services to the Tories in January, £10,000 in March, and £8,387 in May . The donations were in lieu of rent on a building in Edinburgh’s Princes Street that the Scottish Tory party used as its headquarters until May.
ABC has donated almost £85,000 in free rent and business services to the Conservatives, according to the Electoral Commission.
Over the past five years, ABC has given £807,000 in cash and £540,887 in “non-cash” donations to the Tories. Overall, Laidlaw, who made his money organising international business conferences, is estimated to have given the Tories more than £4m. This is despite the Conservatives announcing they were not accepting further donations for Lord Laidlaw until his tax issues were sorted out.
Lord Ashcroft – Belize tax exile donated millions of pounds to Tory coffers and ploughed millions into the marginal Tory constituencies, to help them wing the 2010 election – this is despite telling the Tories he was registered for tax purposes in the UK, when clearly he was not.
Bearwood Corporate Services – (Ashcroft’s company) donated £4,131,995 to the Conservatives over the four-year period, in 27 separate chunks of cash or services in kind, such as focus groups or printing costs.
Ashcroft’s company was found to be the biggest single donor since David Cameron became leader, Without “Ashcroft’s millions” in the marginal seats, David Cameron may never have become prime minister. So we had a Conservative Lord, NOT registered to pay tax on money earned in this country, using his untaxed loot to decide the result of the general election and who should govern the country!
Chris Rea – (Rock star) gave the Conservatives £25,000.
Hans Rausing – Packaging Billionaire and his wife, Marit, who are worth more than £5 billion, have donated almost £100,000.
Disingenuous Tories On National Insurance Contributions
Treasurer’s Group – For £25,000 per year financial backers can join the Treasurer’s Group, which describes itself as “aimed at substantial financial supporters with a keen interest in politics!”
Renaissance Forum – £10,000 a year will buy membership of the Renaissance Forum and a chance to debate policy with senior figures. It is, says the website, “for our closest supporters to enjoy dinners and political debate with eminent speakers from the world of business and politics”.
Conservative Party Conference – £1000 one off payment buys Financial backers access to ministers at £1,000-a-plate dinners which were held at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham in 2010. (One wonders if they spoke abut the 10.000 strong demonstration against their cuts which took place and who David Cameron had re routed away from directly outside the conference hall, probably not wanting the great unwashed to bother his wealth backers.)
Angie Bray – Conservative MP Ealing Central and Acton – is a PR professional from Cameron’s “A-list was unabashed about using political links formed while working for the Tory communications machine to help her private PR clients quote:
“I have introduced private clients for my lobbying company to political contacts. But I have always felt I was on the side of the angels”
Oh OK Angie it’s OK to be corrupt in that case!
I ask this question again, what does David Cameron actually do to earn the salary the taxpayer is paying him? He is gaffe prone, appears to know absolutely nothing, if he is asked something unexpectedly he is blown way of course and cannot answer. Now we see he appears to spend all of his time raising millions of pounds for the Tory party coffers!