Libya – A Failed State and Festering Sore – Obama Blames Cameron and Sarkozy For the Shambles – They Will Need to Sort It Out – Expect UK Forces Will be Deployed To Libya For a Long War.


Damaged Homes in Benghazi following heavy clashes between pro-government forces and the rebel Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries





24 July 2015: Foreign Office to face inquiry into role played by UK in Libya’s collapse

The Foreign Office is to face questions over Libya’s descent into a failed state, following the launch of an inquiry by an influential committee of MPs into Britain’s role in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi (1) and the troubled aftermath.

Launching the inquiry, (2) the Tory chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, Crispin Blunt, told the Guardian that the intervention and subsequent breakdown of the state had proved disastrous for Libya (3) and posed a global security threat. He said: “It has turned out to be a catastrophe for the people of Libya. And now it is a growing problem for us, with our undoubted enemy Isis beginning to establish control of areas of Libya. Plus the migration crisis (4) – any area where state authority collapses obviously poses problems for us all over the world.”









Blunt, a former government minister, said the inquiry will investigate Britain’s capacity to conduct the necessary post-intervention planning.

He said “I want to examine the quality of the analysis that underpinned the decision to intervene in Libya.” (

“Had we reasonably thought through the consequences of the action? If we hadn’t, that begs questions about the scale of resources inside the Foreign Office to have that capability.”

Blunt asked “We may wish to be a global player and as member of the P5 [of permanent UN Security Council members] think we have a duty to global security, but do we have the means?”




The former army officer voted in favour of the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya in 2011, but rebelled against the government’s threat to intervene in Syria two years later.

He said the inquiry would look at whether the intervention in Libya went beyond the mandate of UN security council resolution 1973, as many have claimed, including those in the Russian government.

He said  “The committee is going to look at how the UN security resolution was interpreted and implemented.”

Blunt pointed out that Moscow’s anger at how the resolution was interpreted has hampered diplomacy on Syria and Ukraine.

He said: “It has very strongly reinforced the sense in Russia of western exceptionalism, which has made negotiating with them on Syria and Crimea very difficult.

When we say to them, you have got to stick to the rules of the road, they can point to areas where they think we have bent the rules. Have we created a much more difficult relationship with the Russians?”





The Libya inquiry will be the first under Blunt’s chairmanship of the committee and seen as statement of intent to ask to difficult questions.

He said: “I hope all our inquiries will be awkward for the government – that’s rather the point of House of Commons oversight to the government.

“We could conduct inquiries into thoroughgoing success, but what would be the point? I’m not sure there is anyone who regards the intervention in Libya as a thoroughgoing success.”

Asked whether he regretted voting for the no-fly zone over Libya, Blunt said: “Only John Barron on our committee had the wisdom to vote against the no-fly zone over Libya.

We need to look at that decision and circumstances facing people in Benghazi … Faced with the imminent slaughter of a large number of people in Benghazi, what is the international community supposed to do?”





Earlier this month, Blunt criticised the government’s involvement in bombing Islamic State in Iraq as “unnecessary”.







Commenting on the Libya inquiry, Chris Doyle, the director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, said: “It has the potential to be awkward, because Libya has not been a success and neither has the government’s policy in Iraq, Syria or Yemen. We are not in a good place in the whole region. So it is difficult not to be critical. I don’t think any MP would say they are happy with the way Libya has turned out. It is timely, because Libya is still potentially a failed state and it does pose security risks in Europe.”





Further Reading

The foregoing information is better understood by reading previous posts by myself. This disaster will haunt the West, and the UK in particular for many year’s to come


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11 March 2016: Obama blasts Cameron and Sarkozy for Libya mess

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron carry the blame for the current “mess” in Libya said President Obama in comments likely to upset two of his countries closest allies. (So much for the “special relationship”

In an extensive interview with The Atlantic magazine published Thursday, President Obama discussed the conditions surrounding the 2011 British and French-led NATO bombing campaign that led to the end of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year-rule.

While the military intervention succeeded in ousting the dictator, the power vacuum it created has seen Libya descend into near-anarchy, ruled by rival militias vying for power while the Islamic State group has gained influence in the country.

Obama believes that while deeper than expected Libyan “tribal divisions” are partly to blame, it was largely the failure of France and the UK to “follow-up” on the bombing campaign that led to the current situation.

“There’s room for criticism because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up,” he told the magazine.




Sarkozy wanted to ‘trumpet’ own role

Cameron stopped paying attention soon after the military operation, he said, becoming “distracted by a range of other things”.

Meanwhile, Sarkozy was more interested in promoting the importance of his own role in bringing an end to Gaddafi’s rule, Obama seemed to suggest.

“Sarkozy wanted to trumpet the flights he was taking in the air campaign, despite the fact that we had wiped out all the air defences and essentially set up the entire infrastructure [for the intervention],” the US president said.

Obama rebuked the US’s European and Gulf allies for their habit of waiting for America to take the lead on international issues and therefore of assuming the risks associated with military intervention – what he dubbed “free riders”.

“What has been a habit over the last several decades in these circumstances is people pushing us to act but then showing an unwillingness to put any skin in the game,” he said.

This is why the US pushed for European and Gulf countries to take the lead in Libya, said Obama.





On France, Obama said that by allowing Sarkozy to take credit for the fall of Gaddafi, the US was able to “purchase France’s involvement in a way that made it less expensive for us and less risky for us”.

Obama also told Cameron that Britain needed to “pay [its] fair share” if it wanted to maintain a “special relationship” with the United States by ensuring that at least 2 percent of its GDP is spent on defence, the magazine said.




Fifi-la-Bonbon – Brutally Lampooned Annabelle Goldie At the Time She Was Being Coerced By Threat and Whispering Campaign to Resign From Leadership Of the Tory Party In Scotland – Fifi Sits and Plots




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April 2010

Annabelle Goldie and the months of back stabbing she suffered at the hands of her colleagues

Scottish public confidence in Unionist politicians never recovered from the many negative excesses it was subjected to by Thatcher and her successors over a long period of government and in the 2010 general election the Tory’s didn’t stand a hope in hell of gaining seats, indeed it was questionable they would be able to hold onto the one seat they had.

Adding to the disquiet rumours circulated throughout the period of the campaign that Cameron and his advisors had scant regard for the abilities of Annabelle Goldie and her team and moves were afoot to replace her regardless of the outcome of the election.

But Cameron had been badly advised. Annabelle Goldie was everything the Party needed at the time. She was well liked by Scot’s of all persuasions. No fun and games. No lies. No feigned concern. Nothing concealed. What you saw is what you got. She alone, of all the other opposition party leaders identified early on that the election of a minority SNP administration represented a fundamental change in the balance of power in Holyrood.

Her sound judgement establishing a working dialogue and relationship with Alex Salmond had brought benefits to Tory constituencies including the much vaunted “Townscape Heritage Initiative” regeneration scheme.

Winning over her more uncompromising senior colleagues had not always been easy, but she was invariably able to persuade them to her view. At the time of the SNP proposal to freeze the “Council tax” was rejected by the Labour Party she won the day for the SNP government by simply telling her colleagues “We cannot not support a Council tax freeze? We’d be unelectable.”.

She was also gifted with the ability to see through political waffle, avoiding tribal allegiances always intent on doing the right thing by the electorate regardless of political persuasion..

But Cameron’s plans were being progressed regardless. The Tory Party leadership in Scotland, (including Cameron’s bag carrier Mundell) were actively planning a future, (not including Annabelle) but with a number of slick Young Turks (including Ruth Davidson) in Glasgow University.


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The Scottish Conservative Party was plunged into crisis after it emerged that, effectively, it had been cut loose by its parent party in London.

Since the general election, senior figures in the UK Conservative Party at Westminster no longer consulted or communicated with their Scottish colleagues.

By result, Scottish party leaders were shut out of all decision-making roles and were no longer invited to top-level strategy and policy meetings.

Indeed, the isolation of the Scottish party had reached a stage that Scottish leader Annabelle Goldie had not spoken to David Cameron since the election, while SNP First Minister Alex Salmond had held five conversations with the Prime Minister since he took office.

One party insider said the Scottish leadership had been “cast adrift” by Westminster, which had ceded political control of Scotland to its coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats.

The increasingly dysfunctional nature of the relationship between the London and Edinburgh arms of the Conservatives came to the notice of the public as the party was grappling with its most damaging publicity since Cameron came to power.

On at least two occasions, major policy decisions were taken by Conservative leaders in London in direct contradiction to Scottish Tory policy.

On both occasions the Scottish party had no idea what was going on before the decisions were taken and, therefore, had no chance to influence policy direction.

Party insiders revealed that the latest crisis within the Scottish party is as a direct result of its poor showing in the 2010 General Election in which it won only one seat.

A party insider was quoted saying: “There is no communication between the party leadership in London and the leadership in Scotland. Before the election, Annabelle Goldie used to sit in the shadow cabinet.

She doesn’t now. There is a Cabinet and she is not there. “David Mundell used to be there for shadow cabinet meetings, but he is not there now either. They have been cast adrift.”




Goldie and Mundell were replaced in the coalition cabinet by two Scottish Lib-Dem MPs, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander and Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore.

Goldie admitted she had not spoken to the Prime Minister since the 2010 election, but denied there was any “disconnect” between the Scottish and London parties, insisting that she had a “line of communication” to No 10 which she could use at any time.

She was quoted as saying: “There is not a disconnect. We retain very good communications. I am in the position where I can communicate with him in his office any time I want, obviously, I am not going to be on the phone every five minutes to the Prime Minister, he has an important job to do. The important thing is that I have a line of communication to him if I need to use it.”

A senior Scottish Tory said: “I have never seen her so up for a fight,” And she needed to be. Life was about to get much harder.

Goldie was leading a party that had taken a battering from the electorate  and was virtually estranged from its parent party in London. She had to lead a demoralised group of activists and MSPs into the Scottish Parliament elections, in which her party had to make substantial progress. If not, she would be finished as leader.

So there it is. Goldie was pilloried after the Scottish Conservatives’ dismal showing in the 2010 general election. A return of one seat was nothing short of a disaster for a party that was sweeping Labour aside in England.

If the Conservatives did well at the Holyrood elections adding to the party’s 17 MSPs, Goldie would (probably) have done enough to silence her detractors.But any slippage would signal the end of her leadership.

Goldie made two telling remarks exposing her awareness of the devious plotting being orchestrated behind her back .

First. She made it clear that David Cameron had led the Tories into the 2010 General Election, not her. The implication being: “It wasn’t my fault we only got one seat, it was David Cameron’s.”

Secondly. The Tory vote in Scotland had increased in the 2010 General Election.She went on to champion the increased numbers of councillors and MSPs as evidence of progress.

But critics reminded her that the Scottish Tories had failed to win all the seats they had targeted. Had they done so the Conservatives would have an overall majority at Westminster and would not be relying on the Liberal Democrat coalition.

It was a certainty that if the Tories failed to win enough seats at Holyrood, Annabelle would carry the blame and suffer the consequences. The Scotsman


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A follow up to the foregoing reported that “Fifi La Bonbon” had commented lampooning Annabelle Goldie’s dealings with Downing Street saying:

“I am in the position where I can communicate with him in his office any time I want, and Sandra, the telephonist, is always very good about taking my messages and always explains why he can’t pick up the phone as he has just stepped out of the room.

Also, he’s got a new baby. There’s no problem, no problem at all. Me and Sandra get on very well indeed. She’s just had the sitting room done, apparently, and their girl did well in her A levels.”


Comment: Fifi-la-Bonbon’s brutal lampooning of Annabelle Goldie at the time she needed support and understanding provides warning for the future. Fifi is clearly deranged and should not be given any encouragement in her views










Tory Fund Raising Dinner Party – 2013 – Part 5 – Hedge Fund Billionaires, Property Moguls, Playboys and Right Wing Nutters-That Funded the Tory 2015 General Election Campaign



Stanley Fink’s table. Sponsored by Lord Fink (£400 per head. At least £130,000,000 in combined wealth at the table.

* Lord and lady Fink: Former Conservative party treasurer. Wealth: £130,000,000. Personal donations: £3,160,000.  691st on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List 2014

Ed Miliband asked of the Prime Minister,David Cameron “Can the prime minister now explain what steps he’s going to take about the tax avoidance activities of Lord Fink?” Countered by the reply “Fink was living and working in Switzerland at the time he had a HSBC Swiss bank account — so no tax avoidance”.

But Fink’s intervention threatening legal action if the claims were repeated outside the Commons begs the question. How would the High Court look upon defamation proceedings brought on by a man who freely admitted that he lobbied George Osborne to turn the UK into a tax haven: Fink’s quote:

“I lobbied George Osborne when the Tories were in opposition. I have long felt that the British government loses jobs to tax havens by allowing the revenue to have these rather archaic rules”. And perhaps he might explain why he has been a Director of at least three different companies which have operated with parent companies or subsidiaries in tax havens?

* Marex Spectron — owned by Amphitryon Ltd (Jersey) and Ocean Ring Jersey Co Ltd (Jersey)
* ISAM Services (UK) Ltd — Cayman Islands parent company
* Earth Capital Partners LLP — investment partnership with subsidiaries in Guernsey

Not to mention the many shares he has wrapped in a “bare” trust, a type of vehicle which can be used to minimise capital gains and inheritance tax.


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* Nicholas Candy: Property developer married to Australian pop star Holly Vallance. Personal + company donations: £73,706. Value of business 300million plus.

Candy is one of a number of businesses controlled by brothers, Christian and Nick including CPC Group, a Guernsey-based development firm owned by Christian Candy who resigned as a director of Candy, leaving Nick as the only Candy on the Candy board. The company previously explained the switch as part of a group reorganisation.

The brothers became London’s most recognisable property entrepreneurs and last month Nick was named entrepreneur of the year by GQ magazine. Their project to redevelop One Hyde Park into 86 luxury apartments, which the company sell for a minimum of £5m each, has become one of the highest profile developments in London. In the summer they announced sales had exceeded £1bn.

Earlier this year, Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, paid the highest price for a UK residence after buying an apartment in the building for £136.4m. Buyers of the flats are treated as permanent guests of the Mandarin Oriental, the hotel adjacent to the development. Each lease document, as well as outlining the property bought in each case, also specifies which part of the development’s wine cellar the buyer is entitled to.

One Hyde Park is owned by Project Grande, a Guernsey-based joint venture between Christian Candy’s CPC and Waterknights, which is owned by the prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani.

Analysis of the finances of the giant glass-and-concrete block of flats, sandwiched between Harvey Nichols and the Serpentine, reveals that the Candy brothers’ gamble has paid off. A letter from the developer’s lawyers, SJ Berwin, obtained by the Observer, reveals that the project has “fully discharged and repaid its £1.15bn development facility with Eurohypo AG”.

Records reveal extensive use of tax havens to purchase the properties at 1 Hyde Park with the British Virgin Islands, involved in 25 deals, the most popular choice. Critics of tax avoidance by the super-rich will point out that an estimated £750m a year has been lost nationally in duty due to the use of offshore vehicles. People who purchase the flats from the current owners can avoid stamp duty by buying the offshore companies used to buy them without triggering a taxable property transfer.

Westminster City Council launched an investigation into the current owners’ identities after discovering that only nine apartments have registered for council tax, five of which are for second homes. But the Candy brothers say all the buyers paid their stamp tax at the time of purchase, and they are not responsible for registering properties for council tax. Nick Candy said his hopes continue to be high for the development. “I am very confident of it as a solid investment for the future.






* Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe: Is the founder and Chief Executive of the hedge fund Signia Wealth, a private banking and asset management company. She currently manages £2.2Billion for 93 clients worldwide. having previously been a Senior Client Partner at Coutts & Co and Lazards leading the international proposition for clients with foreign domicile. (Non-Dom’s)

She was one of the four founding members of the Coutts Private Office, which focused on advising Ultra High Net Worth clients.

She was elected one of the 40 Rising Stars by the 2008 & 2009 European Wealth Management Bulletin.

She was named in the Financial News 100 Rising Stars and won the Spear’s 2010 award for the Future Leader in the Wealth Management Industry.

She was nominated by Ernst and Young for their Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2013.

Prior to joining the private banking industry, Nathalie worked at Lazard & Co in their M&A Corporate Finance division.

She is a member of The Committee of 200, (C200), an invitation only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders.

She is also a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organisation). Also an invitation only membership which connects successful young Chief Executives in a global network.

She read Finance at Cambridge University graduating with a Master’s Degree.

She is from Saint Emilion in France and is still actively involved in running her very rich family’s vineyards in France and South Africa.

She currently lives in London with her husband private equity guru Konrad Stoebe.



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* Liza Tchenguiz: Socialite and sister of the Tchenguiz brothers,  London-based property tycoons. Personal donations: £100,000.

Princess Bea parties with birthday girl Lisa: If Princess Beatrice decides to marry her boyfriend Dave Clark and then it all goes horribly wrong, she can always turn to her new good friend Lisa Tchenguiz for advice. For Lisa is an expert on conducting a drawn-out divorce battle – she eventually won £15 million from her ex-husband, drinks tycoon Vivian Imerman, last February after a four-year fight.

And over the weekend she celebrated both her 49th birthday and the ending of her marriage at Annabel’s in Mayfair. Lisa’s boyfriend, aircraft entrepreneur Steve Varsano, had arranged a surprise – a 3ft-tall birthday/divorce cake. On one side it was a traditional party cake – but her 200 guests were amused to see that the back of it was full of references to Lisa’s divorce – including the image of a cheque which represented her long-awaited settlement. ‘It was all Steve’s idea — the cake was his birthday present to me,’ says Lisa, who has yet to open Beatrice’s birthday gift. ‘I’ve got 200 presents to open!’ she laughs.


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Partygoers included Sir Philip Green and his wife, Tina, model and lingerie queen Caprice, Viscount Weymouth and his wife, Emma, and property figures Nick Candy and Jamie Reuben. How come Bea was in such august company? Apparently, Dave Clark – also at the bash – is pally with fellow American Varsano. ‘We see them all the time socially,’ adds Lisa.

Vincent Tchenguiz is close to offloading the £3 billion property empire that helped make the colourful tycoon one of Britain’s richest men. The American financial giants AIG and Met Life are among a clutch of bidders for a sprawling portfolio of properties that ranks among the biggest in Britain. Prudential, Britain’s biggest insurer, has also expressed strong interest in buying the business, which owns the freehold of 250,000 houses and flats — roughly 1% of Britain’s housing stock. The company, owned by the Tchenguiz Family Trust, makes money from annual ground rent payments from leaseholders.

The Serious Fraud Office inquiry is understood to centre on how some major depositors in Kaupthing were able to withdraw their money just before it went under, leaving millions of other investors out of pocket. As investigators combed the brothers’ Mayfair offices, both men issued a strongly worded denial of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, on board his £10million 130ft super-cruiser Veni Vidi Vici (Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered) on Thursday night, the guests – quite possibly wondering whether the good times would roll for much longer – made the most of his generosity. Vincent Tchenguiz is famed as much for his largesse as for the way he cut a flamboyant swathe through the City. He is said to throw St Tropez’s best party. Always extravagant, its chief characteristic is an abundance of beautiful girls.


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* Allen Jackson: Businessman. Personal donations: £276,650. Made his fortune running a training organisation. Sold his business for £23 million. Planned on retiring. But got fed up lying on far flung beaches in the Caribean and decided he needed a project to keep his interests alive. He heard that the “Jamaica Inn” the location of Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel was up for sale and put in an offer the very next day. Allen is full of plans and enthusiasm for his new business. And if all the plans are approved, he will be spend close £1.5 million on renovations and rebuilds. But it is clear he won’t be doing anything that would detract from the incredible history of the Jamaica Inn.


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* Sir Michael Hintze: Founder of the hedge fund CQS. Wealth: £1,055,000,000. Personal donations: £3,069,780. Personal + company donations: £3,181,473.

From the meeting room of the London headquarters of Convertible Quantitative Strategies (CQS) you can peer into the magnificent gardens and grounds of Buckingham Palace. It’s an appropriate vantage given the hedge fund’s extraordinary 59-year-old founder, Australian Michael Hintze, was knighted in this year’s Queen’s honours list.

Hintze’s is an Australian story like no other. He was born in 1953 in Harbin, China, to where his family fled during the Russian Revolution. The Hintzes made their way to Australia, where Michael studied physics, pure mathematics and engineering at the University of Sydney, and the science of acoustics at the University of NSW. Fluent in Russian, he served as a captain in the Australian Army, studied an MBA at Harvard and traded bonds for Goldman Sachs: it was a superhero CV even before his hedge fund elevated him to his status among Australia’s most wealthy investors.




CQS was founded by Hintze after he left Credit Suisse First Boston in 1999. The $200 million-odd of seed financing came from the Swiss bank’s equity division; Credit Suisse’s current global chief executive, Brady Dougan, approved the allocation that gave Hintze his start.

True to its name, CQS initially focused on convertible bonds but over the next decade added new strategies and expertise in credit and equities. Its proclaimed edge is in finding value along the corporate capital structure, be it equities or debt.

He is one of the British Conservative Party’s largest individual donors, and spent the latter part of 2011 in the British tabloids after being dragged into the influence-peddling scandal then engulfing David Cameron’s government.

Last year he was back there, after the Daily or worked out his CQS group had paid just £77,000 ($119,000) of corporate tax on revenue of £125 million, thanks to a Jersey-based headquarters.

He was also outed as the backer of a climate sceptic think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Other than that unwanted attention it’s been a good year for Hintze since last year’s Rich 200. CQS, which he set up in 1999, grew funds under management from $11.2 billion to $11.9 billion, and its flagship Directional Opportunities Fund returned a cool 28.9 per cent to investors in 2012.



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* Paul and Orla Staines: Feared political blogger, working under name of Guido Fawkes. The last 15 years have been grim for most UK newspapers. Circulation has fallen as readers and advertisers migrate online. Paul Staines – better-known for his cyber alter ego “Guido Fawkes” – has been at the forefront of this shift, with his political blog and digital advertising agency MessageSpace. But Staines only got into blogging after an eventful career in finance.

He started out with futures firm Cargill, before helping to run a hedge fund specialising in technology. The dotcom boom “made me think I was a genius”, says Staines – he ruefully admits that the fund’s value halved after the bubble popped. Due to a long legal dispute with his deep-pocketed backer, he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2003.

By then political blogging was taking off, spurred by debate over the Iraq war. But most bloggers “were either closet Guardian or Telegraph leader writers”. Staines wanted to do something “more gossipy”. His wife was “livid” about his career move. But he set up his website in 2004, and it paid off during the 2005 election. A post on a controversial election poster made the front page of London’s Evening Standard, catapulting his daily traffic “into the thousands”.


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* Dean Godson:  Director of centre-right think tank Policy Exchange. He first joined Policy Exchange in 2005, running the think tank’s security research until becoming Director in 2013. Prior to joining Policy Exchange Dean was Chief Leader Writer of the Daily Telegraph. He also worked as Associate Editor of The Spectator and was a Contributing Editor for Prospect Magazine. He is the author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism (Harper Collins, 2004), widely hailed as one of the most authoritative books on the Troubles.

He is one of the leaders of British neo-conservatism, who has openly called on British officialdom to wage an ideological and propaganda war on Zionism’s enemies, similar to that waged by MI6 and the CIA against communism during the Cold War. He is well placed to make such comparisons, since his father Joe Godson was an American diplomat in London who handled the CIA’s patronage of ‘moderates’ in the British labour movement, much as his modern equivalents seek to patronise ‘moderate’ Muslims.

Dean’s brother Prof. Roy Godson of Georgetown University is president of the U.S. National Strategy Information Center. In 1996 Godson’s NSIC issued a report on the Future of US Intelligence, calling for an increased emphasis on “strategic deception”. One of the report’s co-authors, Abram Shulsky, was then put in charge of the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans, which provided Donald Rumsfeld with intelligence suggesting that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda.



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* Lord William David and lady Trimble: He was the first First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1995 to 2005. He was also the Member of Parliament for Upper Bann from 1990 to 2005 and the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Upper Bann from 1998 to 2007. In 2006, he was made a life peer in the House of Lords and a year later left the UUP to join the Conservative Party.

Trimble began his career as a Professor of Law at Queen’s University Belfast in the 1970s, during which time he began to get involved with the paramilitary-linked Vanguard Progressive Unionist Party. He was elected to the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention in 1975, and joined the UUP in 1978 after Former first minister of Northern Ireland who defected to the Conservatives in 2010.

At a time when many other couples their age are thinking about winding down and taking things a little slower, life has never been busier for Lord and Lady Trimble. While David (65) is relishing his work in the House of Lords, Daphne (56) has decided she wants to have a role at Westminster in her own right as MP for Lagan Valley. The seat is, of course, currently held by Jeffrey Donaldson, a former Trimble protege who famously absconded to the DUP at a critical time in the fall-out after the Belfast Agreement. Naturally if Daphne could wrest the seat from Donaldson it would be a particularly sweet victory for the Trimbles. Coupled with David’s recent return to prominence during the prolonged Hillsborough talks on policing and justice and his role as a bridge between the UUP and the Conservative Party leadership, the dynasty is far from dormant.


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* Paul Goodman: Executive editor of Conservative Home website. He was the Conservative MP for Wycombe for the best part of ten years – between 2001 and 2010. During that time, he served on the Conservative front bench as a Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, Shadow Minister for Childcare, Shadow Minister for Disabled People and Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.

He was also a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Davis MP when the latter was Party Chairman. In 2009, he announced that he’d stand down at the forthcoming general election, declaring that the Commons was becoming “a House in which professional politics predominates, entrenching and empowering a taxpayer-dependent political class distinct and separate from those who elect them…for better or worse, this future Commons isn’t for me”.

Tory Fund Raising Dinner Party – 2013 – Part 4 – Entertainers and Mix Of Donors – That Funded the Tory 2015 General Election Campaign – Boris Johnson & the Billionaires & the Shipping Magnates – the Sickness That Is Westminster






Let Me Entertain You – When Eric met Peter Sponsored by mixed sponsors (£1000 per head). At least £296,836 in personal donations received since 2001 from people at this table.




* Eric and Irene Pickles: MP for Brentwood and Ongar and communities and local government secretary. The communities secretary, praised by the chancellor for his ability to impose cuts on struggling councils, has been reprimanded by the Whitehall spending watchdog for running up an unauthorised departmental overdraft of £217m. The head of the National Audit Office, gave a qualified opinion on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s financial statements because of its breach of Treasury spending limits. The finding is an embarrassment for the communities secretary, who has regularly lectured local councils on the need to get their finances under control. It will also raise eyebrows around Whitehall because the accounting officer for his department is Bob Kerslake, the head of the civil service. In his Commons statement on the government’s spending review, George Osborne praised Pickles as “the model of lean government”. But the NAO disclosed that the Treasury had imposed a £20,000 fine on his department as a punishment for its poor financial management.

In a further setback, auditors found that the department’s local government capital expenditure limit of £80,000 had been exceeded by almost £1.2m as a result of overspending by two of its arm’s length bodies – the Valuation Tribunal Service and the Commission of Local Administration in England. Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, said the department’s failure to control its finances was “a shocking example of incompetence. This is an unacceptable abuse and waste of public money that could have been avoided with the right financial oversight,” she said. “I am staggered that the department has been so blase with its resources and so poor at staying within some of its budgets. If local authorities, for whom the department is responsible, acted in this way the department would be down on them like a ton of bricks.”

Despite the overspends, Downing Street said David Cameron shared Osborne’s favourable opinion of Pickles. “I think the prime minister agrees with the chancellor’s assessment,” a No 10 spokesman said. Pickles has been forced to accept one of the highest cuts among Whitehall departments as Osborne looks for a further £11.5bn of austerity savings.


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The former cabinet minister Eric Pickles is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced. The secretary of state for communities and local government in the previous parliament will be made a knight bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, and his time in the cabinet and local government. Pickles, 63, who was first elected to parliament in 1992, lost his frontbench role during the reshuffle by the prime minister, David Cameron, on 11 May 2015.

He has since been made an anti-corruption tsar and remains the Brentwood and Ongar MP. He was re-elected with 59% of the vote at the general election. Pickles said his family were absolutely delighted at the news. He said: “I’m obviously very pleased with the honour and am looking forward to my day at the palace. When I left the cabinet, the prime minister asked if I would accept a knighthood and I indicated that I would, but it then has to go through a committee. I’m very pleased.” Pickles served as the Conservative party chairman from 2009-10. Before entering parliament, he had a long career in local government. He was elected to Bradford council in 1979 and was its leader between 1988 and 1990.

He has since changed his Twitter name to Sir Eric Pickles and uploaded a photo of the letter he received from the prime minister. It said: “I wanted to write to express my heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding service you have given to our great party and, in particular, for the loyalty you have always given me – both as prime minister and, before that, as leader of the opposition.”


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* Donal Blaney: Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of The Young Britons’ Foundation. The Foundation was entirely inspired by the success, drive and spirit of the American conservative movement. “First introduced to organisations such as the American Conservative Union, the Young America’s Foundation, the Leadership Institute, Collegiate Network and the Heritage Foundation at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), it was clear to co-founder Donal Blaney and Greg Smith that Britain was behind in the training and development of younger political activists.

“Working together, US think-tanks, activist groups and training organisations ensure that the next generation of conservative activists are well-briefed on the academic backbone of conservative ideas, trained in campaign techniques, media skills and political organisation. No one group claims a monopoly, but all contribute to conservatism in America through their own initiatives. Equally, none of these groups are directly affiliated to or at all associated with the Republican Party.

“What is most striking about all of these groups, however, is their belief in principled conservatism which can be dated back precisely to the candidacy of Barry Goldwater for President of the United States in 1964. At that time, conservatives in America were beginning to recognise the importance of individual freedom, a strong national defence, free enterprise and traditional values…”



Donal is listed at number 50 in The Times Top 100 Right-Wingers in 2014. He is also the Chief Executive of the Margaret Thatcher Centre, which is dedicated to teaching future generations worldwide about the life, values and achievements of Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister. He is a law graduate of Southampton University, a solicitor and owner of his own law firm and consultancy business which has offices in England and the United States. He is a former Chairman of Southampton University Conservative Association (1993-4) and Wessex Area Conservative Students (1993-5). He is also a former Students’ Union Officer and NUS delegate.

After graduating, He became involved in the National Association of Conservative Graduates, of which he became Chairman in 1997. In 1998, he was asked by then Leader William Hague to unite the Conservative Students, Young Conservatives and the Conservative Graduates into one new youth organisation – Conservative Future – of which he became the first National Chairman (1998-9).

He served a four year term as a local councillor in Hammersmith & Fulham, and is the Chairman of the Board of Conservative Way Forward. He blogged for The Daily Mail. His non-political interests include Liverpool Football Club, choral music and the cinema. Donal is married to Marci, a former US Army reserve soldier who served in Iraq. He has homes in Kent & Florida. He was the Chief Executive of the Young Britons’ Foundation until March 2014.




The Conservative chairman, Eric Pickles,appeared to disown the leadership of the Young Britons’ Foundation, a rightwing training organisation for young Conservatives whose officials have described the NHS as “the biggest waste of money in the UK” and suggested the waterboarding of prisoners can be justified. Pickles spoke last week at a YBF rally at the House of Commons and the group is working with Conservative Future, the party’s official youth wing, on pre-election training of young Tory activists.

But yesterday that relationship came under serious strain. “We don’t agree with these views,” a spokesman for Pickles said in a brief statement. “The YBF organisation is independent of the Conservative party.” The move follows revelations in the Guardian at the weekend that the YBF’s chief executive, Donal Blaney, has taken trainees to firing ranges as part of their courses and called for police to shoot down environmental protesters who trespass. Blaney has referred to the YBF as “a Conservative madrasa”. In recent years, the organisation has enjoyed widespread support from members of the shadow cabinet, including Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, and Michael Gove, the shadow education secretary, both of whom have spoken at its gatherings. The YBF has also helped train several prospective parliamentary candidates.  This lot are much akin to Edward Mosley’s  1930-1939 British National Party


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* Claire Guyton: Is the Events Director for the Young Britons’ Foundation. A graduate from Portsmouth University reading politics, Claire was co-founder of the University Conservative Association and became secretary to the group. After graduation, Claire worked for a number of MP’s as a researcher/P.A. Her career has also included 7 years in marketing and advertising with Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising, Macmillan Publishing and Reed Elsevier.


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* Peter and Bella Stringfellow: He is a British businessman and nightclub owner who has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Personal donations: £2,340.00. Personal + company donations: £39,340.

Born Peter James Stringfellow in Sheffield, he failed his 11 plus so he attended Burngreave Secondary School for a year. He then passed the exam for Sheffield Central Technical College and left three years later at the age of 15 with a 4th grade Technical Diploma. After he left school, he had multiple jobs including cinema projectionist, steel worker, member of the Merchant Navy, and a salesman.

He began running dance nights at his local church that led to launching his own club called Black Hat club in 1962. He began another club venture in 1963 called The Blue Moon. In the following year, he opened another club called King Mojo Club. The venue went on to host acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Ike and Tina Turner. After his success, he began opening more clubs after he relocated to London in the 70s. He then began launching additional nightspots in the United States especially in New York. Miami, and Los Angeles. Following a bankruptcy in the early 90s, he shifted the focus of all of his clubs and turned them to strip clubs.




The 2015 general election: On Friday night, while Labour-voting London congregated outside pubs to condemn the outcome of democracy, Tory supporters were celebrating the first majority Conservative government in over 20 years. And what better way to usher in five more years of neglecting the young, sick, old and disabled than by hurling cash at dancers and Dom Pérignon in the capital’s unofficial Conservative Party party HQ: Stringfellows strip club. Stringfellow, a Thatcher fan and the owner of the club he named after himself, was throwing a General Election “Victory Party”. There were no banners outside, no stream of jubilant bankers in cardboard David Cameron masks; just two intimidating bouncers and a very quiet smoking area.

After the door staff told me it was fine to hang around in the hope that I might be there when a Rolls Royce full of marauding Bullingdon boys turned up, I was approached by Derek, the biggest bouncer there. Lovely though he was, he didn’t seem to appreciate the concept of personal space. “So what are you doing here, then?” he asked, very close to my face. I explained that I was there to speak to the guests about their views on the Tory victory, but that it didn’t look like I’d be able to do much of that stuck outside the front door. So, instead, I asked Derek how he thought the clientele had voted. “It’s very much Conservative voters in there,” he said. “You’ll find people in there owe a lot to the coalition government. All these [other] people are looking back and complaining about Cameron winning, but if you think about it, what did the coalition even do that was that bad?




Derek is a long-serving member of staff at Stringfellows. The club opened as a flashy nightclub for the capital’s elite in 1980, and a decade later Peter Stringfellow introduced the table dancing. Derek has worked at the club for 25 years and remembers the transition. “It was all very fashionable back then, this table dancing,” he told me. “Last night we had an election party for the girls. We had some big spenders in that night. One guy came in and spent £29,000. That’s a lot to spend on just one evening. “What’s amazing is you still have people coming in and spending that kind of money here after all these years. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve worked here for so long and the whole table dancing thing bores me now, but I think it’s starting to go out of fashion.” One thing Stringfellows is famous for is its loyalty to the Tory cause. A long-term donor to the conservatives, Peter Stringfellow gave over £35,000 to the party between 2003 and 2005.

“It’s true blue in there – all Conservative voters,” said another bouncer I spoke to after Derek. A guy called James – the only club-goer I was able to talk to – couldn’t vote this year, but has always been loyal to the Conservative party. “I’ve lived in America for several years, and missed the chance to register. But if I had, I would’ve definitely voted Conservative,” he told me. “Really, they are the only party right for the job now. I think they have very strong economic policies, and that’s still very important. David Cameron is the best of a bad bunch, really. The other party leaders were trying to seem appealing to people, but Cameron was the only one who seemed competent. He’s a competent person.” While the Tories enjoyed a surprisingly large share of the vote last week, some of their support – and a number of their MPs – had been snatched up by UKIP. Stringfellow himself made the headlines in 2012 for his surprise support of the party in a London by-election. “Businesses are doing a lot better round here, and there’s more of them than ever. It can’t have been all bad.”





“I think Farage is a very good businessman,” James told me as we got onto the topic. “He seems to understand what he needs to do, and executes it well. I don’t support those policies, but he’s a clever man.” This sentiment – that business is best – seemed to ring true among everyone I spoke to. Derek, for example, judged the coalition’s success on his boss’ success: “Businesses are doing a lot better round here, and there’s more of them than ever,” he said. “It can’t have been all bad.” Of course, that’s one of the main problems that non-Tories have with the Conservatives’ apparent worldview: that a happy economy is preferable to a happy society. I couldn’t get in to Stringfellows myself to pester the guests on how to justify that balance, but it’s safe to say that anyone spending almost £30,000 in one night would have their reasons.


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* David Edwards: CEO of the OGN Energy Group. The Group delivers industrial projects encompassing design, engineering, construction and installation such as for floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels and subsea jacket structures which support oil and gas platforms. In the face of market volatility the CEO of OGN Group stated that project bids have become increasingly competitive with the international playing field difficult to keep level, and externally, young people are cautious about whether oil and gas, and manufacturing in general, is a viable long-term career path. To achieve a sense of evenness, he would like to see government become more involved with the process, as very good tax concessions typically accompany such projects, and should the UK adequately grasp the opportunities that lie inside renewable energy, the sector could increase in size dramatically, resulting in long-term, sustainable jobs.


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* Alexander Temerko: Russia-born director of the OGN Energy Group. Personal donations: £289,230. Personal + company donations: £474,555. At the auction, bid £90,000 for a sculpture of David Cameron – months after his energy firm received £4.5million from taxpayers. snapped up the auction prize at the Tories’ summer bash in June, but the multi-millionaire’s identity can be revealed today for the first time. After his £90,000 bid, the PM strode over to his table at the £1,000-a-head fundraiser and slapped him on the back to congratulate him, onlookers said.

Electoral Commission records show director Mr Temerko, or his wind farm firm Offshore Group Newcastle, have donated £348,155 to the party since February 2012. Eight months before Mr Temerko’s bid for the bust, Temerko’s wind energy firm Offshore Group Newcastle, which has tipped nearly £350,000 into the Tory coffers in the last couple of years, has seen its investment repaid with £4.5 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Tories insisted the donations and the grant were not connected. A party source said: “All donations are fully transparent and declared to the Electoral Commission.” Mr Temerko is also in a group of donors who dine with Mr Cameron and Cabinet ministers. Members must give at least £50,000 to join the clique.


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* Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden: Scottish industrialist. Personal donations: £5,266. Established in 1949 by Lord Macfarlane, Macfarlane Group PLC takes pride in delivering innovative and cost effective packaging and labelling solutions. The company was first floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1973. The group has over 20,000 customers and employs more than 800 staff throughout the UK. Now 85, He has recently given up the bulk of many commercial positions/chairmanships and charitable works,_Baron_Macfarlane_of_Bearsden



* Edward Sagar Fort OBE: 78y Director of an engineering company based in the north of England. Personal + company donations: £33,000. Company P/A turnover approx 31M


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Tory Fund Raising Dinner Party – 2013 – Part 3 – Business Tycoons, Foreign Investors and Lobbyists Who Funded the Tory 2015 General Election Campaign – Boris Johnson & the Billionaires & the Shipping Magnates – the Sickness That Is Westminster






Table 5: Boris and the billionaires. Sponsored by Anita Zabludowicz (£1000 per head). At least 1,680,000,000 in combined wealth at the table





* Boris Johnson: Mayor of London. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born in New York on 19 June 1964 and this meant that, until recently, he was officially a US citizen. Johnson is the eldest of four children to English parents Stanley Johnson, a former Conservative MP, and his painter (first) wife Charlotte Johnson. Known as Al to his family, Johnson’s family tree makes for interesting reading: his maternal grandfather, Sir James Fawcett, was president of the European Commission of Human Rights and on his father’s side, he is the great grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a Turkish journalist who was murdered during the Turkish war of Independence.


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* Andrei Borodin: Russian financier wanted in Moscow for £220m bank fraud but who has been granted political asylum in Britain after he submitted evidence showing how he was targeted for a politically motivated prosecution. He denies the fraud allegations. paid £40,000 at the auction for a portrait of Thatcher Wealth. £180,000,000. 514th on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List.


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* Tatanya Korsakova: Founder of a Russian charity for disabled children. Model and wife of Andrei Borodin.


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* Alok SharmaMP for Reading West and member of the commons science and technology committee. Appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Oliver Letwin MP, Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster. The appointment means Sharma, has responsibility for advising the Prime Minister on how to implement government policy, co-ordinating constitutional reform and reducing regulatory burdens through the Red Tape Challenge. Sharma said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Oliver Letwin, to support him in his brief working with departments across government in helping to deliver our manifesto commitments.

The Draft Communications Data Bill (nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter or Snooper’s Charter) is draft legislation proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May in the United Kingdom which would require Internet service providers and mobile phone companies to maintain records (but not the content) of each user’s internet browsing activity (including social media), email correspondence, voice calls, internet gaming, and mobile phone messaging services and store the records for 12 months. Sharma is in favour of the legislation. The link provides information on other MP’s


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* Sarah Weir: Chief Executive of Rothschild Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as a private home and showcase for his extraordinary collection of decorative arts, the Manor was gifted in 1957 to the National Trust but remains under the stewardship of Lord Rothschild and his family.

Previously Sarah was Chief Executive of The Legacy List, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity (set up to encourage creative connections between people and the park, with a focus on arts and culture, education and skills); Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for Olympic Delivery Authority; Executive Director, Arts Council England; London and Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre.

Started her career in the Lloyd’s insurance market. She worked for Aldgate Group Brokers, where she rose from office junior to non-marine managing director during a 15 year career and was the first female Managing Director in Lloyd’s.



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* Heather Kerzner: Fashion PR, former wife of casino tycoon and part of the summer party organising committee.



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* Jitesh Gadhia: Senior managing director of the Blackstone Group, a US private equity giant. Last summer Mr Gadhia was appointed to the board of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), a limited company set up in 2008 to manage the Government’s investments in banks bailed out during the credit crunch. Personal donations: £200,000. Former Barclays executive. Member of Cameron’s business delegation to India. With the total support of the Tory party heirarchy diverted significant funds away from the Party to the LibDem’s assisting them at the time of the referendum and general election. A senior SNP source said: “The LibDems have become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tory Party – at a time when the polls are predicting a LibDem wipe out, the news that they are taking money from a long-standing Tory donor underlines why they have zero credibility in Scotland.”



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* Anita Zabludowicz: Wife of Poju Zabludowicz. Born in Newcastle and now lives in London with her husband, Poju, and their four children. Anita studied Fine Art & History of Art in Newcastle’s College of Arts & Technology and subsequently spent ten years working as a project manager in interior architecture before going back to study Modern Art & Auctioneering at Christies. From the mid-1990s Anita and her husband have embarked on a number of philanthropic activities and together they founded the Zabludowicz Collection to collect international emerging art and create a public platform to examine contemporary art practices. Is a trustee of Legacy List, responsible for developing the Olympic Park.


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* Poju Zabludowicz: Private equity, telecoms, minerals and property billionaire. Wealth: £1,500,000,000. Personal donations: £129,300. Personal + company donations: £301,105. 55th on the 2014 Sunday Times rich list. Head of Bicom, a prominent organisation which promotes Israeli-British relations. His companies have also donated loadsa money to the Conservative Party and he is a supporter of David Cameron.


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* Richard Robinson: Chief executive of Legacy List, From an early career in journalism, Richard has raised the profile and funds for a number of worthy causes in art, education and healthcare. He spent time on the frontline in India developing the operations and communications strategy for an international NGO, to treat, educate and give a voice to people living on the margins of society. He also led a major PR campaign prompting celebrity endorsement and global media interest.

Back in the UK, he spearheaded the successful launch of a charity for ex-servicemen with mental health issues and designed the campaign to transform Gainsborough’s House Museum and Gallery, as well as raising significant funding for air ambulance and wildlife trusts. Since joining The Legacy List in 2012, Richard has led the charity’s drive to secure over £4 million, making it one of the most successful start-up charities in London.a charity which supports the Olympic Park.






Table 6: Transport. Sponsored by Christina Logothetis (£1000 per head). At least £56,046 in personal donations received since 2001 from people at this table.


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* Constantine Logothetis and his Wife Christina: Based in London, he shares principal executive responsibility for the Libra Group, a privately owned international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries across five continents. The group is focused on shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and renewable energy as well as selected diversified investments. Constantine began his career in the Logothetis family’s London-based shipping company, Lomar Shipping, in 2000 where he was a key member of the management team before becoming the founding Executive Vice Chairman of the Libra Group when it was formed in 2003. As Executive Vice Chairman, Constantine has been at the forefront of the group’s diversification from shipping into other asset classes, notably the global hospitality, real estate and energy sectors. Constantine is married with three children and lives in London.Runs family shipping firm. Diversified into hospitality, real estate and energy. Personal donations: £56,046. Personal + company donations: £127,246.


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* Laurent Cadji:  He worked at Credit Suisse with focus on the energy sector and as as an energy trader with Morgan Stanley (U.K). He took over the West African logistics division of Union Maritime in 2006 and proceeded to expand it to encompass ship owning, ship management, ship brokerage (Rotterdam), and offshore logistics support. He has been instrumental in developing the most sophisticated offshore logistics platform in West Africa.

He set up Top Fenders in 2010 and it is quickly becoming one of the leading providers of ship-to-ship equipment and services in West Africa. Laurent holds a BSc. in Economics from the University College London (U.Koperator of chemical tankers. The company runs a fleet of tankers focusing on the clean petroleum products trade in West Africa, as well as a number of tankers trading in the international markets. Providing  clients with secure, efficient, cost effective and flexible transportation of refined petroleum products.

Union Maritime angrily denied reports that a number of its tankers have been arrested in Nigeria for allegedly flouting cabotage laws. Media reports in West Africa suggest two ships controlled by Union Maritime have been served with arrest papers while two others left port before arrests could be implemented. The reported arrest actions, if correct, would be the latest in a series of actions taken by the Indigenous Shipowners’ Association of Nigeria (ISAN) against what it sees as breach of cabotage laws in the country.



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* Patrick McLoughlin: MP for Derbyshire Dales and transport secretary. Under the “Green Book” of rules, MPs may not claim for “the capital cost of repairs which go beyond making good dilapidations and enhance the property”. During the past five years, Mr McLoughlin had his sitting room, bedroom and en suite bathroom decorated at a cost of £1,268, a bathroom repair for £847, external walls painted for £1,388, a bedroom and cloakroom decorated at a cost of £490, and new shower room thermostat installed for £450. He also charged for £442 for electrical work, £641 to have a play room redecorated, a new boiler for nearly £4,000 and more electrical work for £233. Despite naming the Derbyshire house as his “second home” for his parliamentary allowances, Mr McLoughlin’s name and his wife’s have appeared on the electoral roll there since 1992.






Tory Fund Raising Dinner Party – 2013 – Part 2 – Business Tycoons, Foreign Investors and Lobbyists Who Funded the Tory 2015 General Election Campaign – Russian and Arab Connections – the Sickness That Is Westminster


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Table 3: The Russians: Sponsored by David Burnside (£400 per head) At least £1,100,000,000 in combined wealth

* David Burnside: Former Ulster Unionist MP turned public relations expert with Russian clients. Personal + company donations: £91,000.00. The cigar-loving 62-year old from Ballymoney was revealed to have taken a group of prominent Russians, including a close ally of Vladimir Putin, to the 2013 Conservative summer fundraising party and introduced them to David Cameron. Burnside, an Ulster Unionist who, a friend said, “marches with a bowler hat on”, has become a favoured adviser to what appears to be an ever expanding group of rich but politically controversial clients from behind the iron curtain.

Since losing his South Antrim parliamentary seat in 2005, he has built up a client list that has included a foundation run by a Ukrainian gas and chemicals oligarch wanted by the US for bribery, a Russian chemicals billionaire seeking a British passport and the Moscow International Financial Centre, a Putin-led initiative to boost the attractiveness of Russia’s markets to foreign investors.

The Russians Burnside represents are not the only ones enjoying closer relations with the Conservatives. In the last week, the Guardian has revealed how a firm linked to an exiled Russian banker, who was granted asylum in the UK last year, paid the Tories £40,000 for a portrait of Margaret Thatcher at a fundraising auction and how last week the wife of another Russian banker paid the party £160,000 for a game of tennis with Cameron and the London mayor, Boris Johnson.


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* Vasily Shestakov: Vladamir Putin’s judo partner, businessman and member of the Russian parliament. In May 2013 Shestakov was made an honorary freeman of the City of London. Days later Cameron held talks in Sochi with Putin. In June, shortly before the Tory fundraiser, Shestakov hosted a sambo event at Kensington Palace. He read out a message from Russia’s president to guests including Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Reading and a Russian business delegation.



* Alex Nekrassov: Son of a former Kremlin adviser. Director of New Century’s Financial and corporate services practice, specialising in strategic communications and reputation management campaigns on behalf of FTSE100 companies, international financial and professional services firms, global energy corporates, private family offices and high-profile individuals. Alex advised BP on the communications strategy around the sale of its 50 per cent stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft, as part of the Russian-state oil company’s $55bn acquisition of TNK-BP. Alex joined New Century in the summer of 2009 from a City capital markets and private equity consultancy firm. He graduated from University College London in 2007.






* John Whittingdale: MP for Maldon and chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee. Personal donations: £3,000. Last year he was one of just six MPs to vote against equal-pay legislation, which would require all medium-sized companies to declare their average pay for male and female employees. He has also voted against LGBT equality, including moves to lower the age of same-sex consent and to legalise gay marriage. His appointment has also been accompanied by speculation that he will take a hard stance against the BBC, with some suggesting he will “go to war” with the broadcaster. He has previously been a vocal critic of the licence fee, saying: “It’s very regressive, expensive to collect, and you get these ridiculous letters threatening you with having your nails pulled out if you don’t admit you’ve got a TV… It’s a poll tax. Actually it’s worse than a poll tax.”


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* Timothy Lewin: Set up the Positive Russia Foundation, a pro-Kremlin campaign in the UK. After a brief career as a journalist Tim Lewin joined the Financial Services industry in 1972, heading the physicals trading division of Edward Boustead & Co., one of the oldest trading houses in the UK. He is a former member of the Bank of England Committee supervision committee. In 1991 Tim was invited to join the team of consultants engaged by the British Government to lend support and techniques to the economies in transition. Clients included the Anti-Monopoly Service, the Bank of Russia, MICEX and RTS, Moscow Oil Exchange, several depository companies, different committees in the Federal Duma, RAO UES, and numerous regional Governments. Most recently, Tim has joined the board of a number of influential Russian investment funds and continues to work as advisor and consultant in countries such as Azerbaijan.


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* Tony Lodge: Director at London PR firm New Century Media. Tony has worked in British politics for over ten years. He has worked for backbench MPs, Shadow Cabinet Members, Chairs of Parliamentary Select Committees and advised on policy, parliamentary procedure and media relations. He has taken an active part in developing political policies with numerous published contributions in areas ranging from transport to energy and EU policy. With an extensive list of parliamentary, trade, media and regulatory contacts Tony provides both political and wider public policy counsel. Having worked on many policy and parliamentary projects in areas including energy, infrastructure, the EU, environmental and industrial policy, Lodge brings a wealth of unique expertise to New Century.


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* Andrei Kliamko: Belarus-born steel magnate worth £1.1bn. Wealth: £1,100,000,000. Co-owner of Smart Holding Group who has an estimated net worth of $1.9 billion according to Forbes. He is also the 53rd richest person in Russia and 792nd in the world. He also serves as the President of the Sambo Federation of St. Petersburg, a martial arts organization. Kyamko’s estimated net worth mostly came from Smart Holding which he co-owns with fellow billionaire Vadim Novinsky. It is one of the largest investment groups in the Ukraine with interests in the economy of metals and mining, oil and gas, shipbuilding, real estate, and agriculture. Its investment activities are focused on the investments in the Ukraine, CIS, and the Easter Europe countries.



* Alexander Kuznetsov: Ally of Shestakov and president of the Multisport Association of Russia.


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* Lord Simon Reading: The first ever Jewish family gifted with a peerage. The Marquess of Reading and a member of the House of Lords (1980-1999), has been active for over 30 years in the mining sector in Africa and elsewhere. Lord Reading has a broad financial background, as a Member of the London Stock Exchange, and as a Member of Lloyds. He served as Director or Advisor for a number of companies and charities, including New Sage Energy Corp. (TSXV), Consegna (ASX), Dragonvision Corporation International, Willow Impact Investment Fund, the Great Turk Fund, and others. He was educated at Eton College. President of the Commonwealth Sambo Association, a Russian martial art. He is a close friend of Prince Charles and his family move easily in Royal circles. His son, Julian Michael Rufus Isaacs, Viscount Erleigh (born 1986), and one of his two daughters, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs (born 1983) are members of the Prince Harry set.




Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, 31, is the daughter of Simon Charles Henry Rufus Isaacs, the Marquess of Reading. The stylish socialite is the founder of Beulah London, an ethical luxury fashion label. Kate has been seen wearing her designs on many official occasions, despite having dated Natasha’s now-husband, Rupert Finch, while attending St Andrews. Hows that for a connection?




Julian Rufus Isaacs, styled Viscount Erleigh, is Natasha Rufus Isaacs’s older brother and the heir apparent of the Marquess of Reading. He reportedly introduced Prince Harry to his now-ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy.






The Bahrain Connection: Sponsored by Lord Clanwilliam. (£1000 per head). At least £100,000,000 in combined wealth at the table.




* Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby: Saudi chief executive of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce. No friend of the Labour Party. As Tony Blair’s former Middle East envoy, Baroness Symons is used to trying to bring warring factions together. The ex-minister will, however, need all of her diplomatic skills in Mayfair if, as expected, she becomes the new chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Mandrake can disclose that the organisation, which is based opposite the American embassy, is in chaos after the resignation of its financial director, David Lewendon. His sudden departure comes amid claims that the leadership of the chamber’s first woman secretary general and chief executive, Dr Afnan al-Shuaiby, a glamorous close friend of the Saudi Arabian ambassador, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, is driving a wedge between its Arab and British members.

Lewendon’s exit was followed by the resignations of at least three more members of its board of directors. Sir Roger Tomkys, 70, the chamber’s long-serving chairman, has decided not to attempt to stay in his post. “It is a terible situation,” one member tells Mandrake. “More resignations are expected. There is growing resentment at the way Al Shuaiby runs things.”


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Darren Hughes, Deputy Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: ‘This is the latest demonstration of why we need a new, more transparent system for funding political parties. Every time we get an insight into how parties raise money, it further cements the impression that our democracy is for sale. Earlier this year we found that three-quarters of the public believe big money has too much influence on political parties, and 61% believe the party funding system is corrupt. Revelations like this are only going to push those numbers in one direction. ‘Reform of our party funding system is long overdue. Every time party leaders get together to talk about how to fund parties fairly and transparently, discussions collapse because of partisan interests. And every time that happens, people’s faith in politics takes yet another nosedive. It is high time the parties get together and agree on how to raise money fairly and transparently, before people turn away from party politics for good.’



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* Philip Hammond: MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, and defence secretary since October 2011.


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* Susan Hammond: Wife of Philip Hammond MP.


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* Conor Burns: MP for Bournemouth West and chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Bahrain.



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* Richard Sharp: Former banker, Tory donor and member of the Bank of England financial policy committee. Wealth: £100,000,000. Personal donations: £402,420. 863rd on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. A former banker hand-picked by chancellor George Osborne to help police the financial system donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservative Party.

Richard Sharp, a 23 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, donated £402,420 in the decade before the Conservatives returned to power in May 2010, according to official records. He was appointed in March to the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee, the new watchdog set up to protect the public from another financial meltdown.

Last night Sharp’s role on the committee was slammed as ‘wholly inappropriate’. One insider said the donations are likely to be scrutinised by the influential Treasury Select Committee of MPs, which will grill new committee members over the next few weeks. ‘The parameters against which these appointments are judged are independence and competence. So it’s likely this issue will be raised.’ There are no rules banning members from making political donations.


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But in legislation published by the Treasury in January last year it said that the FPC may need to make unpopular decisions. It added that ‘it is vital that such decisions can be taken independently of undue political influence.’ The Bank of England’s code of conduct also stipulates that members must demonstrate they have no financial or other interests ‘that could give rise to a perception that the individual concerned could not be wholly independent, disinterested and impartial as a member of the committee.’

John Mann, Labour MP and member of the Treasury Select Committee said: ‘It’s wholly inappropriate for anyone giving a donation to any political party, particularly the party in power, to sit on that committee.’

Mr Sharp was one of the longest serving partners at investment banking giant Goldman Sachs – nicknamed Golden Sacks because of its lavish pay packages. He resigned at the end of 2006.

Observation:  That puts paid to any denial of a conspiracy theory that the bankers rule the world and own the political class. High powered political positions in the Westminster system of government is a conspiracy fact?


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* Lord Clanwilliam: PR adviser who works for the government of Bahrain. Personal donations: £11,450. Founder and chairman of PR firm Meade Hall & Associates (formerly Gardant Communications) which represents the Government of Bahrain.

The Tory Party Fund Raising Dinner Party of 2013 – Part 1 – Business Tycoons, Foreign Investors and Lobbyists Who Funded the 2015 General Election Campaign – The Sickness That Is Westminster


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1 July 2014: Who sat with whom at the 2013 Conservative Party fundraising dinner with an £11,000,000,000,000  guest list

This is a table-by-table breakdown of some of the business tycoons, foreign investors and lobbyists who were invited to the Tories’ annual summer fundraiser at Old Billingsgate market in London on 24 June 2013. The information is based on the guest list leaked to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian. Donations as recorded in the Electoral Commission register since it began in 2001.





Table 1: The Prime Minister’s table: Sponsored by Howard Shore (£1000 per head). At least £1,545,470,588 in combined wealth at the table.





* David Cameron: Prime Minister. How Rich and Wealthy Is David Cameron?  Some say David Cameron is the second most powerful man after Barack Obama and is close to taking over, what is for certain is that the British Premier is actually very rich and wealthy. The Prime Minister comes from a long line of wealthy fathers and has believed to amassed a lot of money as one generation has passed onto the next with interest,  this does not sit very well with the British public who are broke however many people who have worked with the Premier are coming out and letting the public know how much David Cameron is worth.




The David Cameron image is very important to him and sometimes money gets in the way. David’s grandfather and great uncles were also financiers and stockbrokers and have been linked to many great deals,  Sir Ewan Cameron; one of David’s great grandfathers helped the all powerful Rothschild sell war bonds during the war making enormous amounts of money at the cost of many Jewish lifes.  It is not clear how much he has but it has been speculated that it is around £100m or maybe even more. The Premier sometimes hides his fortune because it tarnishes the David Cameron image of conservatism and looks very elitist. If you now combine all the areas the Cameron’s make money from it is speculated that the total amount comes to £150m if you add all the property and financial assets, this is something that does not sit well with the British public who are arguably going through one of the toughest recession of our time while paying the Premier for his second home.  There has been speculation that David would have waived his salary however this would have created even more speculation. If you want to know How Rich and Wealthy Is David Cameron then read on.


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* Samantha Cameron: Prime Minister’s wife. Loadsa money daughter of a viscount. Related to royalty. Samantha Cameron also has a family history of being very rich, her Father Sir. Reginald is said to be worth £20m and her stepfather Viscount Astor is said to be worth £130m, with all this money flying around Samantha is bound to be rich too!


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* Howard Shore: Founder of Shore Capital. Outspoken critic of EU regulation. Personal donations: £23,940 Personal + company donations: £499,330.


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* Andree Shore: Wife of Howard Shore. Major Shareholder in husbands company.


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* Nicholas Berggruen: Billionaire investor, philanthropist and art collector with interests in global governance. Wealth: £1,176,470,588.



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* Darko Horvat: Slovenian financier who is thought to reside in Switzerland Wealth: £189,000,000. Among those who did get to chew the rhubarb with Dave and Sam was Darko Horvat. Party sources stonewalled when queried about Horvat’s presence hard by the seat of power; maybe he was there to advise on the problem of chronic indebtedness. Once third in the Slovenian rich list, Horvat took a haircut, amounting to whole-body depilation, when an over-leveraged property venture in Las Vegas launched just before the crash (he already owned the Hotel Plaza in New York, flogged by Donald Trump to finance divorcing Ivana) belly-flopped, leaving Darko with several hundred million dollars in liabilities and just a few hectares of Nevadan rubble as collateral. He was a trailblazer in the Slovenian privatisation drive that doubled the national debt and lumbered the country’s banks with toxic assets. Darko now slums it in St Moritz with only £180 million or so to his name.






* Jared Carney: Founder of Lightdale, a California consultancy, with business interests in Singapore, Canada, UK, Brazil and China. Has extensive business experience, is very well connected, and a strong interest in healthcare.



* Sir John Ritblat: UK property billionaire. British Land’s former chairman and chief executive. Now chairman of governors of the Alpha Plus group of schools. Wealth: £180,000,000. 514th on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. ‘He is a charming old rogue, a bit of an old-fashioned spiv,’ said one analyst who knows and likes him. Invariably impeccably attired in pin-striped suit and spotless handkerchief in the top pocket, arriving in a chauffeur-drive Bentley for meetings, he fits the archetypal impression of a property developer. But it is through his financing innovations, rather than his development prowess, that he will be most remembered.






Table 2: The Home Secretary’s table: Sponsored by Howard Shore (£1000 per head). At least £1,800,000,000 in combined wealth at the table.


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* Theresa May: Home Secretary and MP for Maidenhead.



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* Lord De La Warr (William Sackville): Director of Cluff Natural Resources, Holder of underground coal gasification licences in England Wales and Scotland.

Frances Osborne Nee Howell a direct descendent of Edward the first, is the eldest daughter of Conservative Minister Baron David Howell. Her Great Grandmother was the infamous Idina Sackville (the Bolter). Directly related to Lord De La Warr she married 5 times had numerous lovers and was into wife swapping in a big way.


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* Dr Jim Hay: Another oil linked billionaire. Wealth: £300,000,000. Personal donations: £184,700.  307th on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Worked for BP for 27 years, is a well-known racing horse and stables owner and is a close friend of Carole Middleton. He was chemical development director for BP Chemicals, leaving the company in 2002 before the Texas City refinery blast in 2006 in which 15 people died and around 500 were injured, having been asked in 2002 to follow up on how the refinery had deteriorated.

Hay broke off from BP in 2002 and acquired Dubai-based Fosroc chemicals company from his former employer. Fosroc is part of JMH Group, a property development, construction and chemicals company that he co-owns with his wife Fitriani Hay (beloved of the high society glossies).


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* Viscount Astor:  Conservative peer in the House of Lords. (Son of the infamous Lord Astor heavily involved in the 1960’s Profumo Affair that brought down Harold MacMillan’s Tory government. A scandal that exposed the hypocrisy of an establishment quick to take offence. What’s new? One also that exposed the dishonesty of the police and prosecuting authorities and of the security services.

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David Cameron’s father-in-law has said he may have to put on a “Rob Roy-style Scottish accent” to stop the Scottish National Party launching a “Mugabe-style” raid on his family’s estate in Scotland. Viscount Astor, writing in this week’s edition of The Spectator magazine, said he was worried the SNP was planning land reforms to take away estates from large landowners north of the Border. The concerns had worsened after the general election when the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats in Scotland.


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Mr Cameron has been a regular visitor to the 20,000-acre Tarbert Estate on Jura, which is run by a company registered in the Bahamas Tax haven named after the Astors’ home in Oxfordshire.

Lord Astor, a former Tory minister, married Annabel Astor, Samantha Cameron’s mother, in 1976 after her divorce from Sir Reginald Sheffield. He recalled how his American grandparents were treated with suspicion by the people of Jura when they bought the estate nearly a century ago but they “became well liked in the community”. He said that following the SNP’s startling victory “families like us worry that we will find ourselves regarded as foreigners again in our own country”.

He added: “Are we really going to have to defend owning so many acres of hill when 500 acres of hill may be only worth the same or even less than one acre of good farmland in he lowlands of Scotland? “Is it because we don’t sound Scottish? We should not all have to sound like Rob Roy. “If the SNP wants us all to speak with a certain type of Scottish accent, what does that say to the many hundreds of thousands in the immigrant community who have lived in Scotland for a long time but still speak with the accent of their birth? Are they not Scottish?”

A spokesman for Ms McLeod said: “People in Scotland are having a mature and respectful debate on how land ownership can deliver greater public benefits, and Viscount Astor should consider whether some of his remarks meet the standards of debate that they expect. “The recent consultation on land reform shows that there is popular support for our proposals for an accountable and transparent system of land rights that promotes fairness and social justice, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.”



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* Lord Sterling: Conservative peer in the House of Lords. Finance Director of General Guarantee Corporation from 1962 to 1964. Founded his own company, Sterling Guarantee Trust in 1969. Chairman of P&O from 1983 to 2005. Merged it with Sterling Guarantee in 1985. Special adviser to successive trade secretaries in the Thatcher government between 1982 and 1990. Created a life peer in her resignation honours list in December 1990.

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* Wafic Said: Syria born and living in Monaco and the UK among other abodes, he is worth around £2.5bn. Chairman of Said Holdings, a Bermuda-based investment company.  55th on the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Broker in controversial British Aerospace arms trade deal with the Saudi government and Margaret Thatcher in the late 1980s. The deal was paid for in £15bn of Saudi oil – 600,000 barrels were delivered per day. Said denies receiving any money from the deal and says he played a minor part in the negotiations. Saïd has historically been one of the Tory party’s most prominent donors, giving more than £500,000 in donations through his wife.


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In 2005 Saïd’s daughter Rasha was recorded as donating £47,000 to the party – when she was only a teenager. The Electoral Commission said there had been no wrongdoing, accepting the ‘clerical error’ stating Rasha instead of her mother Rosemary. Nowadays Saïd is a philanthropist and chairman of Saïd Holdings Ltd, a Bermuda-registered holding company that has a varied portfolio of global investments including Saudi firm Daiym Holdings, which has a joint venture with the Indian Punj Lloyd Group to build oil, gas and petrochemical infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

* Rosemary Said: Wife of Wafic Said. Major donor who gave £580,000 in the last two years. Personal donations: £679,266. Rosemary’s daughter Rasha Said first made a name for herself by donating money to the Tory party, just as her controversial billionaire father did in the past.

But there was nothing conservative about her multi-million-pound wedding at France’s Palace of Versailles. In scenes that defied David Cameron’s austerity policies, the 26-year-old London-based socialite staged one of the most expensive marriage celebrations in recent history.


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The lavish affair was attended by senior Conservatives including International Development Minister Alan Duncan, at the palace that was once home to France’s notoriously spendthrift kings. Miss Said’s wedding to fellow PR worker Khaled Khawaja, 27, featured a two-hour live performance by pop star Robbie Williams and a 15ft-high tiered cake. Among the 700 British guests were the Duchess of York and her daughters, the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Princess Michael of Kent, Sir Michael Caine, Tory grandee Nicholas Soames, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and his family, Samantha Cameron’s mother, Viscountess Astor, and Sotheby’s boss Henry Wyndham.

It was paid for by 72-year-old tycoon Wafic Said, a close friend of Margaret Thatcher and one of the Tories’ most prominent financial backers before being linked with a shady arms deal. Those who accuse Mr Cameron of being an out-of-touch member of the upper classes will also have raised an eyebrow at the presence of his mother-in-law, Viscountess Annabel Astor. Her daughter, Samantha Cameron, frequently tries to play down the family’s privileged background, as does Eton-educated Mr Cameron.

Mr Said’s donations were banned during a sleaze crackdown because he was not deemed to be a British resident, but in 2005 Miss Said was recorded as giving £47,000 to the Conservatives. Then a teenager, she would not have had enough money for the donation, prompting claims that she had unlawfully acted as a ‘proxy’ to her father. But the Conservatives said it was a clerical error, and that the money had come from Rosemary Said, Miss Said’s British mother. An enquiry carried out by the Electoral Commission found there had been no wrongdoing, and Miss Said remains a Conservative supporter.



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On Saturday her family and friends filled Versailles, the palace most commonly associated with the Sun King, Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette. The monarchs’ high living cost them their heads during the 1789 French Revolution, but this weekend’s guests had no thought of anything spoiling their merriment as they tucked into a cordon bleu vintage banquet in a resplendent state room. Dressed in black tie and ball gowns, they filed through the world famous Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed to officially end World War I in 1919.

On Saturday evening, the revellers were serenaded in the manicured Orangery gardens by Robbie Williams – a singer who is unlikely to provide a private performance for less than £1million. ‘It was an incredible celebration – one that couldn’t be more luxurious,’ said one of the guests. ‘Many of the guests were so rich they arrived by private jets, but even they were surprised by how lavish the whole thing was. ‘The whole thing would have cost many millions. People came from all over the world, but there were plenty of Conservative Party supporters from England.’

Speaking about her big day earlier this year, Miss Said said modestly: ‘We want to keep it very private. It is an occasion just for our family and friends’, but this did not stop well-connected friends posting pictures on social media sites which can be viewed by the general public. These included pictures of the couple preparing to be married, and a photograph of their huge cake.

As well as hiring out Versailles, Mr Said organised a pre-wedding celebration and dinner at the Paris Opera on Friday night, filling it with fresh flowers and dancing ballerinas in honour of his only daughter. He had originally wanted the wedding to take place in Damascus, where he was born, but the ongoing revolution in Syria made this impossible.

The entire extravaganza in France rivalled the celebrations of another of Britain’s richest men, steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, whose daughter Vanisha married at Versailles seven years ago. Mr Said, who sold a collection of the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels for almost £8million in 2010, spared no expense for Cheltenham Ladies’ College-educated Miss Said and her new husband, a trainee at Lord Bell’s PR conglomerate, Chime Communications.


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The Said family are based in Monaco for tax reasons, but also divide their time between homes in Paris, Marbella, Saudi Arabia and London’s Eaton Square, as well as a £50million Oxfordshire estate. Mr Said admits that he played a ‘small’ role in the controversial 1986 Al Yamamah deal which saw Saudi Arabia buy £40billion worth of fighter planes from the UK amid allegations of bribery.

As well as Baroness Thatcher and her son Mark, close personal friends include numerous other senior Conservative politicians and former Labour minister Peter Mandelson. Mr Said gave £25million to Oxford University in 1996 to found the Said Business School, and now travels the world in his own Boeing 737, making business ‘deals behind the scenes’. Mr Duncan confirmed he was at the wedding, while Downing Street said they ‘weren’t going to deny’ that Viscountess Astor was there too.


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