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






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* 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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I’m Getting to be a Lord says Pickles

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.