Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betrayal – the Final Chapter – The Puzzle Unravelled – Strange Bedfellows Indeed for the Tory Party



Neils Holck.




17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India

The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup.

He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz, former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, he co-founded another company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd.

The company was registered at Cook’s Glasgow address. The firm filed no accounts with Companies House, and was dissolved in December 2014.

This explanation of events is complicated by many intrigues but the article need to be read in its entirety to be sure of a clear understanding of recent actions and activities of Richard Cook, former vice chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland.



David Shayler MI5




The Purilia Arms Drop Part 1:

The Purilia Arms Drop Part 2:






The Purilia Arms Drop Part 3:

16 Mar 2015: Danish documentary and Indian Television revisits the unsolved mystery of the 1995 Purulia arms drop

In December 1995, a consignment of 2,500 AK-47 guns was dropped from the sky on a district in West Bengal. Who was it meant for?

Two decades later, the basic facts of the Purulia arms drop still beggar belief.

On December 17, 1995, a Russian plane with a Latvian crew and passengers that included a British arms dealer and a Danish smuggler flew over West Bengal, dropped 2,500 AK-47 weapons and 1,500,000 rounds of ammunition over five villages in the Purulia district and took off for Thailand.

The five Latvians and the Briton were arrested when they landed back in India and  spent many years in an Indian prison.

The Dane evaded arrest and disappeared, resurfaced in Denmark and eventually defeated Indian attempts to extradite him.

Meanwhile, it is still not clear whether the arms were meant for the Ananda Marga religious cult, as is the popular theory, or whether they were actually supposed to be routed to Kachin rebels in neighbouring Myanmar.

Since then, reams of newsprint have been expended trying to solve the riddle, as have a handful of television documentaries.

The two key characters plead their innocence — Bleach because he alerted British intelligence about the arms deal before it happened and spilled the beans to Indian agencies as soon as he was caught.

Holck because he claims that he is a victim of a high-level conspiracy in which the Indian government sought to overthrow the ruling Left Front in West Bengal at the time.



David Shayler MI5




Approval, Coordination and Execution of the Arms Drop Operation.

Holck and Bleach claimed to be mere cogs in a joint operation between the Indian Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the British MI5 and the CIA which was approved by the ruling Congress Party to unseat the West Bengal government by arming the Ananda Margis.


Bleach and Holck




Holck – International Man of Mystery

Perhaps the biggest enigma to linger after The Arms Drop has faded from memory is Neils Holck himself.

his criminal past, his involvement with gold smuggling, his links with the cult, his multiple identities (he has used at least 36 aliases and 15 passports over a ten-year period), and his baffling rescue by the Danish government and largely unexplored connections with the United States of America and the Central Intelligence Agency.

In support of the foregoing is his four visits to the USA, made before the arms drop despite being on Interpol’s radar and that he was wanted there for two federal crimes.

His links with the CIA ensured the protection the Danish authorities provided.

And the Pakistani company that serviced the AN-26 in Karachi airport is also said to have links with a CIA front aviation company.

At the end of an “immensely vexing, extraordinarily complex and tangled” story, it is felt that the Narendra Modi government must revive the case and pursue every available means to bring Holck to justice in India, and hunt down the Ananda Marg monks wanted in the case but who are still on the run.

Holck’s self-regard and survival skills are on ample display in The Arms Drop.

He painted a picture of himself as a victim of Indian intransigence and insisted that he is just a misguided revolutionary who was troubled by the West Bengal government’s crackdown on the Ananda Marga.

He managed to escape from all the bad things he has done in his life, and he is slippery, but this is not a black and white case.


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Bleach and Holck




Bleach Sacrificed by MI5?

It is not difficult to feel sympathy for Bleach, who faced a death sentence in India before finally being freed by the British government’s intervention in 2004, and who suffered from tuberculosis in prison.

The Latvians were freed in 2000 on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence.

Bleach claimed that he was not a British double agent, as had been alleged, and that he still hasn’t understood why his MI5 minder (David Shayler), (Detective Sergeant Stephen Elcock) and The Senior police officer concerned, J. K. Dutt, Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) washed their hands of him in court. “You know you are in trouble when there are at least two governments trying to keep you in jail,” he wryly quoted in an interview.





A video investigation Trailer The truth about Purulia-1 The truth about Purulia-2 The truth about Purulia-3 The truth about Purulia-4 The truth about Purulia-5 The truth about Purulia-6 The truth about Purulia-7 Purulia case: ‘Declassify secret documents’ Whose version do we believe?



Summary and Look Forward

A complex mission, involving the CIA, MI5, CBI and goodness knows how many other secret service agencies, required for success the efficient coordination of an operational team drawn from a number of nations was always vulnerable to error and failure.

Leaving Bleach at the mercy of an Indian Judge was a reprehensible act by MI5. See below









09 May, 1999 MI5 accused of link to Indian weapons plot

The security service MI5 has been linked to a gunrunning plot to destabilise the Indian government.

The trial of a British arms dealer in a Calcutta court has thrown up evidence that the service knew of a plan to airdrop weapons including rifles, rocket launchers, anti-tank grenades and ammunition to Hindu terrorists.

There is also evidence that the British authorities tried to cover up MI5’s involvement by blanking out parts of documents submitted to the court.

In an unprecedented move, an Indian judge last week summoned a Special Branch officer to travel to Calcutta to explain discrepancies in evidence presented by the Home Office.

The strange case began when Peter Bleach, a 48-year-old former soldier and ex-public schoolboy, was arrested after stepping off a cargo plane in Bombay in December 1995.

He was accused by Indian police of masterminding a bungled operation to airlift £312,000 of weapons to the Ananda Marga cult.

The group was locked in conflict with the communist government in West Bengal.

Since January 8, 1996, Bleach has been confined to a solitary cell in Presidency jail, Calcutta, accused under the Arms Act, the Explosives Act and of involvement in a criminal conspiracy against the state.

He faces execution by hanging if he is found guilty.

The mainstay of his defence, which he is conducting himself, is that he was an informant for British intelligence, which was involved from the outset in the plot.

He said he believed that the information passed on by him would be used to warn the Indian authorities.

He said none of the weapons reached its destination because the shipment landed miles off target.

Bleach said he was urged on by MI5 and Special Branch which wanted him to infiltrate the European suppliers of the cult.

The Home Office last year agreed to release details to the Calcutta court of a meeting between Bleach and two Special Branch officers in September 1995 at Bleach’s home in North Yorkshire.

Bleach gave the two details of the planned operation. Police say they warned him not to get involved.

However, it has emerged that sections of notes of conversations between Bleach and the officers were erased by Special Branch before they reached the court.

The sections referred to the involvement of MI5.

Sir Teddy Taylor, the Conservative MP, took up Bleach’s case and wrote to Jack Straw, the home secretary, asking why portions of the documents had been deleted.

Straw claimed in a written reply that: omissions were due to a “clerical error”.

However, a Special Branch officer, who flew to Calcutta earlier this year to give evidence in the case, admitted under cross-examination that the documents had been altered on “advice from the security service” and “as a result of security measures”.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Elcock was summonsed by Judge P K Biswas last week to explain why criminal proceedings should not be brought against him for allegedly tampering with the evidence and attempting to mislead the court.

Elcock denied there had been a cover-up or any impropriety.

The court order gives him until June 10 to appear or a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

Taylor yesterday accused Straw of deceiving him and said the British government had abandoned Bleach because he had become an embarrassment.!topic/alt.conspiracy.princess-diana/QY8w_5CId6U



Richard Cook ex Vice Chairman Conservative party in Scotland



The Players:

The CIA and the Danish connection: Neils Holck, *Peter Haestrup and Brian Thune (last two senior agents involved in setting up the operation but did not participate)

The Indian Government: J. K. Dutt, Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI

MI5: **David Shayler  MI5, Detective Sergeant Stephen Elcock and Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary

* Peter Haestup set up a company, in Scotland with, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz, head of the Saudi Secret Service and Richard Cook, ex Vice Chaiman of the Conservative Party in Scotland.

Richard Cook, (who hasn’t got two buttons to rub together) later advanced the DUP a sum of money, believed to be around £500K to fund a Brexit campaign in the North of England, (which is where the bulk of the Brexit majority was located. Where did the money originate?

**Google David Shayler



Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betrayal – and the Yellow Brick Road to the Tory Party in Scotland – Part 2




Some of the main characters



17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India

The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup.

He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz, former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, he co-founded another company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd.

The company was registered at Cook’s Glasgow address. The firm filed no accounts with Companies House, and was dissolved in December 2014.

This explanation of events is complicated by many intrigues but the article need to be read in its entirety to be sure of a clear understanding of recent actions and activities of Richard Cook, former vice chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland.



Peter Bleach not looking so good




The Purilia Arms Drop Part 1:



Peter Bleach under arrest



The bizarre case of the British gun-runner, Indian rebels and a missing Dane – Part 2



Peter Bleach


The English Arms Dealer Peter Bleach version of events. (given 15 Years Later)

The date was 17 December 1995. Three months earlier, the freelance Yorkshire-based arms dealer had been approached about providing a Danish customer with a large quantity of arms and ammunition.

When he discovered that they were wanted not by a state army but by a terrorist group, he informed the British authorities – who told him to carry on.

He did so, believing he was playing a role in an anti-terrorist sting operation: he fully expected that, before the arms could be delivered, the Indian authorities would bring the operation grinding to a halt, and he would be rescued.

But there had been no intervention and as the Russian Antonov cargo aeroplane plane, laden with a large quantity of arms and ammunition lumbered up into the night sky from Varanasi airport he started to worry thinking that the Indian government might have decided to shoot the plane down and have done with it.

At any minute he expected there to be a flash and the end of the mission. But nothing happened. After 20 minutes the plane peeled away from the major air route linking Varanasi with Calcutta and destinations to the east, and headed for the town of Purulia in West Bengal.

The plane dropped through the night sky to what the crew believed was the right altitude, then they opened the rear-hatch and shoved the loaded pallets towards it.

As the arms and munitions 2,500 AK-47 weapons and 1,500,000 rounds of ammunition) plummeted down and the parachutes bellied out the crew heaved a huge sigh of relief that all had gone to plan.

For Bleach, his nightmare, it appeared, was over. But, it was just about to begin.

Within 10 days, he and the crew of the plane were bound by the arms and legs, flown to Calcutta, locked in the city’s notorious jail, and charged with the most serious offence in the Indian statute book,  waging war on the Indian state, which carried the death penalty.


peter bleach in jail

Bleach and the Latvian Crew awaiting trial




Trial and Sentence

The Purulia arms drop, as the operation became known, was then the subject of a “closed door” two-year trial at the end of which Bleach and the crew, five ethnic Russians from Latvia, were convicted and jailed for life.

Years later, all six were freed after pressure from the Russian and British governments.

The case closed with the mystery of who the arms were intended for still intact.

The man at the heart of the operation, a Dane, who went by the name of Kim Davy and who had been spirited away before Bleach and the crew were arrested, had been living in Copenhagen for the last 15 years.

The Indian government gave up trying to extradite him to stand trial and the puzzling mysteries surrounding the incident may never be known.




Bleach on his way to court





MI5 Involvement Confirmed

Peter Bleach never appeared in court in public but, in his defence in court he stated that the British Secret Service (MI5) had been fully aware of his involvement in the arms sale and he had written confirmation of this from MI5 confirming it had informed the Indian government of the sale of arms.

His handler was named as: “David Shaylor”. Another MI5 officer named “Steven Elcock  was also proven to have perjured himself in court.

It was alleged that Kim Davy did not escape but had been spirited away by an Indian Diplomat in his car.

The Senior police officer concerned, J. K. Dutt, Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) (who would subsequently conduct a probe into the arms drops case) arranged for the transport by train of Kim Davy, from Delhi to a train station not far from the border with Nepa.

From there he was taken, by car to a bus depot on the Nepali side from where he escaped back to Denmark. Dutt denied, in court having received a 30 page debriefing report from Bleach.

Pereira, Nair and Mukkophadhyaya were named as additional members of the smuggling team. There was evidence Nair had gone to Latvia to threaten the Latvian crew against giving media interviews.

It was confirmed radar tracking of air movements had been “switched off” at the time of the munitions drop

Six Senior Indian Police officers retracted their Statements.

It was confirmed that Bleach had been working with the British Government, but not employed by it.

He was well cared for in the Indian prison, courtesy of British Deputy High Commissioner, including food sent from star hotels.

In his final statement Bleach surmised the then Congress government under P.V. Narasimha Rao wanted to destabilize the West Bengal Communist Government and that one or couple of politicians and bureaucrats from India and Britain had been involved in the operation.




Letter produced in court



Bleach – Arms dealer or MI5 Agent?

Peter Bleach’s professional life was a useful preparation for the situation he found himself in the thick of in the skies above Varanasi.

He had served in British military intelligence in Belfast during the Troubles, fought for Ian Smith’s white supremacists in Rhodesia and worked as a private eye in Britain before moving into the arms trade.

Now 59 and still sleek and erect despite eight years in Calcutta’s jail, where he contracted TB and at one point nearly starved, he seems a throwback to an earlier sort of Englishman: James Bond, Raffles, John Le Carré’s Honourable Schoolboy. Kipling would have known the type.

He worked as a private eye for years, but when spying went sour on him after one sleazy divorce case too many, he drifted into the arms trade.

He specialised in small-scale orders – a couple of Polish helicopters or 50,000 yards of camouflage material – for governments in the developing world.

So when a German business acquaintance rang him one day and told him about a Danish contact who was looking for a supply of AK-47s, it promised to be nothing out of the ordinary.

Bleach flew to Copenhagen to meet him – “You do want to get an eyeball of the people you are doing business with” – and present his quote for the guns.

But he was in for a surprise. Kalashnikovs are used by state armies all over the developing world, and the quote he had prepared covered their delivery to a bonded warehouse in Calcutta.

But his customer, who introduced himself as Kim Davy, said he wanted the delivery made not to Calcutta, but to a remote spot near the western border of West Bengal called Purulia. He produced a map of India and put his finger on it.

For Bleach, there could be only one explanation: the arms were required not by a government but by a terrorist group. “I was a bit taken aback,” he says. He pointed out that it was illegal, and would therefore cost a lot more. “So he said, ‘Can you give us a fresh quote?’ and I said, ‘It’ll take a lot of doing, I’ll need some time to do it.’

They shook hands on that, Bleach returned to the UK. He telephoned the Ministry of Defence as soon as he touched down. And that,” he adds with a bitter laugh, “is where it all went wrong.”

Informing the authorities of what you are up to is second nature for a British arms dealer, Bleach explains. “In those days there was an organisation called the Defence Export Services Organisation (Deso), which had offices in London’s Soho Square, a division of the Ministry of Defence.”

In a business as sensitive as arms dealing, Deso’s supervision “was a good system: you fed everything back to them, they weren’t bothered about what you were doing so long as it wasn’t exactly illegal, and they got a very good picture of who was buying what and what was going on around the world.


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Hoch & Bleach the early years




So my only objective was to go back to the UK and telephone Deso and ask them what they wanted me to do – simple as that. Guess what? The British Government does occasionally support terrorist groups and things like that.

“I gave them all the information and they said carry on, don’t let on that you’ve told us anything. Play them along until we tell you otherwise.

“They came back to me some time later and said, ‘We’ve had discussions with the Indian government and they want the deal to go ahead, but we don’t want you to sell the guns.” That was because letters of credit would be traceable to Bleach, “and then they would have to let on that it was me who had told them about the deal, and that would compromise my situation.”

Instead, it was arranged that Bleach would find Davy a different source for the guns, while he himself would arrange to buy the aircraft to deliver them.

“Special Branch told me that the only way for the group behind the arms drop to be identified was for the guns to be delivered, and then [the Indian authorities would] arrest everybody when the delivery happened.”

Thus Bleach found himself caught up in an international sting operation, with four tons of weapons as the bait. “As I was going down the spider’s leg to get on the plane at Gatwick, right at the door of the aircraft there was a guy in a suit who said, ‘How long will you be away, Mr Bleach?’ I said, ‘Not very long at all.’ ‘Have a good flight,’ he said.”

It was December 1995 and Bleach expected to be back within days – in time for a North Yorks Christmas. His plan was to obtain an airworthiness certificate for the decrepit Russian plane sitting on the airfield at Burgas, Bulgaria, stuffed with 77 cases of weapons labelled “Technical Equipment”, bid his customer a fond goodbye then come home. But Davy refused to let him go.

He said, “You know too much, I want you to come with me. I don’t want you out of my sight until this is done and dusted. You won’t be out of pocket, I’ll give you first-class accommodation, you can fly back by whatever route you like, it will be worth your while, but I don’t want you to leave.”

Again, Bleach felt cornered. But he was confident that the British authorities would be keeping a protective eye on him. “I knew that the Brits knew exactly where I was, they were tracking my route, and if I didn’t use my return ticket in a day or so they would be aware of the fact – so I assumed that everything was all right.”

After nearly crashing at Isfahan in Iran, they landed at Karachi in Pakistan. The plane was on the Tarmac for days, but nobody at the airport showed any interest in its contents.

To Bleach’s dismay, an Indian friend of Davy showed up with a consignment of cargo parachutes – Bleach had been comforting himself with the thought that the lack of parachutes would prevent the drop from going ahead. The next stop was to be the holy Hindu city of Varanasi.

“We took off from Karachi,” Bleach recalls, “and the crew had no idea that they were carrying arms and ammunition, none whatsoever. But you’ve got to tell them some time!

As soon as we were clear of Karachi airspace, Davy and his Indian friend started breaking open the boxes so they could load the guns on to pallets, revealing rack after rack of gleaming, brand-new, high quality Bulgarian AK47s.

“One of the Latvians was making tea at the time in the little kitchenette – his eyes just got wider and wider and his jaw dropped and he turned round and went to talk to the pilot.

The pilot came to look, then Davy went forward to the cockpit. I’ve no idea what passed between them but somehow, with a combination of threats and extra money, he succeeded in pacifying them.”

They landed at Varanasi to refuel and feverishly continued to break open boxes and attach the contents to pallets.

Bleach joined in, though expecting at any moment that Indian special forces would storm the plane and arrest them all.

To defend himself in case of a firefight, he quietly pocketed one of the Makarov pistols. Then the plane took off, and Bleach waited for it to be blasted out of the sky.



Kim Davy




Profile of Kim Davy (Holck) – the Arms Dealer

Crammed into the Antonov’s rugged interior with Bleach was the 24-year-old Dane he knew as Kim Davy. Like Bleach, he seems to have stepped from the pages of a novel.

Davy, whose real name is Niels Holck, was short and skinny. His bony face, high cheekbones and Marty Feldman eyes gave him an anxious, intellectual look, enhanced by oversize spectacles.

His voice was mild and educated, and what had brought him to this spot high above the Ganges flood plain was, (if his unimpeachable Scandinavian motives were to be believed,) : the urge to help some of the poorest people in the Indian subcontinent to help themselves.

Ananda Nagar, the utopian community far below them in West Bengal, “an ideal community” as it describes itself, “completely self-sufficient and progressing harmoniously in all spheres of life”, was in deep trouble: it had been under murderous assault by thugs loyal to the communist government of West Bengal, which resented the community’s independence.

And that, according to Holck, is why he had decided to help them, by giving them the means to defend themselves.

The flight had been financed by a lucrative gold-smuggling business he had been conducting from China.

It was not a matter of showering the commune with a few pea-shooters. The consignment consisted of 77 cases of Kalashnikov rifles, Makarov pistols, sniper rifles, anti-tank grenades, RPG rocket-launchers, anti-personnel mines, night-vision binoculars and 25,000 rounds of rifle ammunition: enough kit to start a small war, far more than a supposedly religious group would require for self-defence.

The drop might never have come to public attention if it had landed on the intended spot. But the pallet-loading took so long that the plane finally left Varanasi long after dark, when the landmarks, three hills close together, were no longer visible.

And the pilot misunderstood his instructions, unleashing his load not at 300ft but 300 metres, with the result that the parachutes came swirling down in the middle of a village, to the consternation of the inhabitants.

The plane went on to land in the Thai resort of Phuket. It was only when he turned on the television in his hotel room the next morning that Bleach discovered that their consignment had landed miles off target.

It was the lead story on BBC World News. “These villagers in India had found the area around their village carpeted with AK-47s,” he remembers.

Bleach found himself up to his neck in a major terrorist incident gone wildly awry. “I sat in my Phuket hotel room, thinking, ‘What the hell do I do now?'”

Holck proposed sending Bleach and the crew back home directly from Phuket without touching India. But Bleach, who clung to the idea that he was still under the protection of the British authorities, insisted that they complete their flight plan by returning to Europe in their Antonov via India.

But Bleach was, in fact, under the protection of nobody, and all but the Dane were arrested at Bombay airport.

Davy was the lucky man in the Purulia saga, having skipped out of Bombay and back to Europe before he could be identified.

But today, the boot is on the other foot. “I may have had an unpleasant few years,” says Bleach, “but these days I can go anywhere I want in the world, with the possible exception of India. But Niels Holck dare not leave Denmark.”






Kim Davy (Holck) – The Early years

Holck first became famous in Denmark after committing a series of bank robberies – one of them in the bank where his mother worked – when barely out of his teens.

After escaping from a courtroom without his shoes he became known as the “barefoot robber”.

Interviewed by Skype, from Copenhagen he painted a glowing picture of himself as a humanitarian who was fired by anger at state brutality inflicted on some of the poorest people in India.

He said: “In the early 1990s I was involved in a comprehensive development project in Purulia run by Ananda Marga.”

Ananda Marga, “Path of Bliss”, the group behind the Ananda Nagar community, was founded in Bihar in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, an Indian Railways accountant and teacher of Tantric yoga.

It describes itself as an organisation of sannyasin – monks and nuns – who dedicate their lives to meditation and social service. Like other modern Indian spiritual schools, it has spread across the world, with communities from Utah to Copenhagen.

What marks it out from the rest is its readiness to fight back against state power.

Holck spent 13 years working as a volunteer with different eco-sustainable projects around the world.

He said: “I was inspired by Ananda Marga’s work among some of the poorest of the poor in India, where they were building a community with sustainable energy resources, promoting cottage industries with the help of micro-loans and so on. It was a big inspiration for me.”

But a bitter feud was under way between the Ananda Nagar community and the communist state government of West Bengal, which sent its thugs to level the hospital, attack the monks and nuns, and destroy the community’s agricultural projects.

Holck said: “in 1990 to 1991, I made contact with an ex-US marine and we created a 30-man squad of guards, patrolling this huge area which contained 40 villages. We trained them in unarmed combat.

Then in 1991, four guards and an agricultural specialist they were escorting back from the fields to a village were murdered by the West Bengal police.

The attacks continued until an Indian politician requested me to bring in enough weapons to arm the guards and the tribal people in the area.

When I raised the question of safety, he said, ‘Don’t worry about the Indian side of things.’ It was thanks to him that our plane was not inspected at Varanasi, and that the radar was turned off on the night of the arms drop.”

A humanitarian activist Holck makes claim to be, but is a highly unconventional one.

While apparently a sincere and committed member of the peaceful Ananda Marga. he admitted he financed his voluntary work by buying gold in China and arranging for it to be smuggled into India, where it could be sold for a much higher price.

He was also involved in smuggling gold, gems and Rolex watches out of South Africa, and gold-smuggling and even gold-mining in southern Sudan. There is so much that is unknown about Holck.

The Ananda Marga community has consistently denied any involvement in the plot, and few people familiar with the case believe Holck’s claim that it was the intended destination.

So who were the arms really meant for? Some claim that they were intended for Bangladeshi insurgents to attack the Bangladesh army. Another possibility is that they were meant for Maoist militants, to enable them to destabilise West Bengal’s communist government in the run-up to the general election of 1996.

Whatever the true destination, Holck is not the central figure in the story, despite his exotic CV.

“His was not the main conspiracy in this affair,” says Bleach. “Like me, he was a pawn.

A lot of people close to the summit of Indian government and intelligence would have to have signed off on the arms-drop plan for it to go ahead.” This may explain why India was in no hurry to extradite Holck before – and also why, according to both Holck and Bleach, the enigmatic Dane will be in grave peril if the extradition goes through.

“Personally, I don’t want Holck anywhere near India and that kind of risk. In an ideal world, I want him standing before a Danish judge, telling his entire story on oath.”

Bleach, who on his return to England got a job helping look after a castle in his native Yorkshire, knows what it feels like to be a pawn – then to be discarded and disowned. “The Special Branch knew everything about the drop at least three months beforehand,” he says, with a trace of bitterness. “They knew its flight plan, they knew it had to land at Varanasi. But when I got to court, suddenly nobody had even heard of me.

They started off telling the court I was a suspect in one of their investigations. They tried very hard to pretend I hadn’t told them all about this in advance. It took me two days of cross-examination to break the guy. He finally admitted that he was sent out by MI5…

“The crew and I were shocked when we discovered that we were to be charged with an offence that carried the death penalty. We didn’t know that at the time. It’s one thing to say, ‘You’re on your own mate.’ But they lied – and the only reason to lie was to try to get me hanged. And I thought that was carrying things a little bit far.”




Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betrayal – and the Yellow Brick Road to the Tory Party in Scotland




2,500 assault rifles & 1.5 million bullets supplied




17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India

The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup.

He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz, former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, he co-founded another company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd.

The company was registered at Cook’s Glasgow address. The firm filed no accounts with Companies House, and was dissolved in December 2014.

This explanation of events is complicated by many intrigues but the article need to be read in its entirety to be sure of a clear understanding of recent actions and activities of Richard Cook, former vice chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland.

I intend to add to the content routinely with the purpose of easing the burden of assimilation of information



Loadsa weapons supplied



21 May 2007: The Purilia Arms Drop – A Story of intrigue and Secret Service Bargaining With Lives

There was a slim chance the mystery behind the Purulia arms drop case would be resolved, but this required one of the accused, Kim Davy, the Danish pilot, to be extradited to India.

Davy was the key conspirator in the crime but managed to escape from Mumbai’s high security area and had been on the run ever since.

He was finally tracked down by Interpol in 2002 in Copenhagen.

The progress of the case since 17 December 1995, when a cache of arms was air dropped over Purulia in West Bengal, is now becoming a distant memory for most but behind Davy’s possible extradition is a tangled web of diplomatic intrigue, questionable bargaining and an investigation that has covered more than 12 years and a dozen countries, including the UK, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, the US, Russia, Pakistan and Italy.

His co-conspirator, Peter Bleach, spent years in a Kolkata jail in India, before being released under pressure from the British Government.

The Purulia arms drop conspiracy had its origins in Copenhagen in August 1995 when Davy met with British arms dealer Bleach and two other dealers, both Danish nationals, Peter Haestrup and Brian Thune, to discuss the mission, dropping a cache of arms and ammunition in West Bengal breaching the air defence and security of India.

The consignment was reportedly intended to arm the Anandmargi sect which had a strong presence in the Purulia district.

Ten days later the group, basically mercenaries for hire, flew to Bangkok. Bleach had acquired an AN-26 aircraft bought in Latvia for $250,000 while Davy had sourced the weapons from Bulgaria on forged papers that showed it was intended for the Bangladesh Army.

They included AK-47s and rocket launchers which were loaded on to the aircraft in Bulgaria. The plane then left with the arms cache, making a mysterious stopover in Karachi on 13 December 1995.

It then flew over Indian air space and dropped the cache in Purulia in West Bengal, and flew on to Phuket in Thailand instead of Yangon as had been scheduled earlier.

On the way back from Phuket to Karachi, the aircraft landed at Chennai on December 21 1995, for refuelling. As it took off, Indian Air Force jets intercepted the aircraft and forced it to land at Mumbai airport.

There, another drama unfolded. While the others were arrested, Davy managed to escape and flee the country.

The Latvians, who were the crew members of the aircraft, were let off following pressure from Moscow on the eve of a visit by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2000.

Bleach was also released after intervention by the British Government in January 2004.





Deportation From Denmark to India

The successful deportation of Davy might have revealed who financed the operation and the supposed recipients of the arms together with Pakistan’s involvement, as Karachi was a key hub on the flight route.

But there was a problem: The Repatriation of Prisoners Act 2003 did not permit transfer of custody of a prisoner if the act for which he was to be convicted of is prejudicial to the sovereignty and security of India. The others had been charged with waging war against the state. Davy was not extradited.






But What the Hell Actually Happened?

On 17 December 1995, unauthorised arms were dropped from an Antonov An-26 aircraft in the Purulia district in West Bengal.

The arms dropped included a very large consignment comprising 2,500 assault rifles and 1.5 million rounds of ammunition were scattered over four villages in the district.

The aircraft reappeared in Indian airspace within a few days and was forced to land. Its crew, comprising five Latvian citizens and a British mercenary, Peter Bleach, were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.

But the chief accused, a Danish citizen named Niels Hock (aka Kim Davy) escaped arrest and was able to ship himself out of India.

An investigation into the incident pointed the finger of fate towards ‘Anand Marga’ a spiritual organisation operating in India since 1955, as the intended target of the weapons.

This claim was validated later by the court, citing the Pilot’s testimony and photos of Anand Marga headquarters found in the aircraft as credible evidences.

Ananda Marga, had been, since the 1980s, in a continuous confrontation with the ruling authorities and its cadres in West Bengal.

The organisation had also been facing staunch opposition from the locals and were labelled as ‘child kidnappers’ with numerous instances of violent confrontation between the two groups.

The investigation reports claimed that the arms were dropped so that the the organisation would be able to defend themselves against continuous threats and attacks. Kim Davy, himself a member of the Ananda Marga brokered the ‘transaction’.

All the arrested crew members were released by the government after persistent pressure from Russia and Britain. The Latvian crew were released in 2000 while Bleach found his way out in 2004.

Davy was arrested by Danish authorities in 2007. On April 9, 2010 he was due to be extradited to India but the Danish court refused the extradition request.

Kim Davy later came up with a stunning revelation that both the Central Government (under the Congress) and RAW (India’s spy agency) had prior knowledge about the arms drop and the weapons were dropped to help the Anti-Left forces in Bengal and thereby creating a pretext to impose President’s rule in West Bengal.

He also revealed that prominent politicians from Bihar, Pappu Yadav, had masterminded his escape from India.

Later Peter Bleach aligned with the ‘Davy story line’. But the CBI ruled out any conspiracy involving the Central government in the arms drop and considers these revelations by the accused as attempts to block their extradition which has continuously been rejected by the Danish high court.


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Oct 15, 2015 Villager’s comments:

Those were the winter days, in an area inhabited by Santhal tribe in Purulia an old man had died. His remains were being cremated,

but the funeral pyre was mistaken for a beacon for dumping arms. As it was twilight, the pilots too didn’t notice the difference.

Seeing a huge haul being dropped from sky, the terrified innocent villagers notified the local administration and soon everyone came to know about it.

If it weren’t for them, these arms would have reached their intended buyer. Locals still laugh about it.

Yes, It is true. The arms were dropped near Khotonga village in Jhalda Block on 17 December 1995 from an Antonov An-26 aircraft in Purulia district in the state of West Bengal in India.

By chance, that day someone died. The body was being burned and the arms were dropped on the village by mistake. Next day the villagers informed the police. (









Conservative Future Scotland – Davidson’s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Electorate Scotland Was Not Without Cost – It Revealed the Party’s Disturbing Links To Ultra Right Wing Unionists in Ulster








20 May 2010: Richard Cook The Man Behind the Rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland

The former Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party said “I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds of thousands of Scots who believe in the same things we do.

Putting it bluntly, our General Election results were not good.

In all but a few seats the people of Scotland turned out to stop the Tories and not to support us despite the worst economic disaster in British peace time history.

It is time the Party strengthened the Scottish (CFS) Conservative Future.

Conservative Future Scotland did a fantastic job of mobilising its members to help in constituencies across Scotland at the 2010 General Election.

Now we need to do everything we can to support and grow this organisation.

They move faster, get through more and have a different view on life than our more mature members, and while they bring with them certain challenges they are an essential part of a vibrant political party.

In East Renfrewshire I was blessed to have the support of a large and very dedicated bunch of young people, largely students, who dedicated Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings – right through the bitter cold of last winter – to the canvass activity that helped grow our vote.

Richard Anderson, Ross McFarlane and Colin Taylor, to name just three, did everything they could to coordinate a group of 20+ young activists from Conservative Future branches at Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Caledonian University and beyond – and what a job they did.

Not that their activities were restricted to canvassing.

There were the numerous thousands of leaflets they dropped through doors and the myriad of new ideas they brought forward to the benefit of our campaign.

These guys are from a generation of people who are among the first to have grown up with Labour as the political establishment.

They look at the state of our economy and blame lack of job opportunities on our opposition, not the Tories.

For them the word “Tory” does not throw up bad memories of Conservative government and in seeking to end perceptions of a toxic brand we should be asking CFS members to be active participants in brand modernisation.

How do we help them? First of all we need to ask them what they need in order to be able to continue to grow and prosper.

We are talking about a generation of people who have grown up in an online world and for whom modern campaign techniques are second nature.

As a result they have a very different outlook on life and will want to take us in exciting new directions – both in our structure and our campaign activities.

Then we need to help them deliver exciting organisations on the ground.

This is particularly the case on University campuses where political celebrity is often used to attract new members.

People like Boris Johnson are extremely popular (hence the range of Boris material produced for CF use at Freshers’ Fairs) and with a young and dynamic new Prime Minister we need to use the positive images we have to there best advantage.

So, we need to help CFs branches organise good local events, with a good profile of speaker, and to support these events in person, where appropriate.

Finally we must recognise than in return for their support of campaigns in our constituencies we need to support them.

I hope to organise a CFS summer get together (come conference) in Glasgow to thank them for their support of my campaign in East Renfrewshire.

More importantly, I hope this will show Conservative Future Scotland we value their involvement and want to hear from them what direction they believe our Party should now take.


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Richard Cook and Cameron



19 May 2017: Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook At the Centre of a £425,000 (DUP) Major Brexit funding scandal.

A modest, semi-detached house in Clarkston on Glasgow’s southside seems an unlikely source for a secretive, £425,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party’s Brexit campaign.

But the occupant – Richard Cook – is the only person publicly connected with the Constitutional Research Council, a shadowy pro-union group that funnelled dark money to the DUP ahead of June’s EU referendum.

And Richard Cook is not just connected to Northern Irish unionism – he has links that go to the heart of the Scottish Conservative Party, the Saudi intelligence service and a notorious Indian gun running scandal.

Mr Cook is also a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservative party and Tory election candidate (for which he was fast-tracked through the selection, according to reports on ConservativeHome).

He has campaigned with Ruth Davidson and David Cameron, and his Facebook friends list is a roll-call of prominent Scottish Tories.

Scottish politicians are now calling for the Scottish Tory leader to clarify her relationship with Cook, who in the 2010 general election lost out to Labour’s Jim Murphy in East Renfrewshire.

Key activists in his team were subsequently found burning the EU flag and posting Northern Irish loyalist song lyrics on Twitter.

Cook is also at the centre of a political scandal raging in Northern Ireland.

Back in February, an openDemocracy investigation found that donors had taken advantage of Northern Ireland’s secretive electoral laws to funnel hundreds of thousands of pounds to the DUP’s pro-Brexit campaign.

Under pressure, the DUP revealed that the party had received £425,622 from a group called ‘the Constitutional Research Council’.

Over £32,000 of this money was spent on data analytics company AggregateIQ, a small Canadian outfit that has been linked to Donald Trump’s billionaire backer Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica, who are now at the heart of an investigation by the Information Commission.

We know almost nothing about the Constitutional Research Council.

The outfit has no formal legal status.

What we can say for sure is that it is chaired by Cook, and he has promised to fund the pro-union campaign in any future Scottish independence referendum. “More people with more money are ready to step up to the plate this time compared with the last referendum” Cook told the Sunday Times earlier this year.

He didn’t reveal who those people are.

The DUP has also refused to say who the backers behind the CRC are, and there is little to suggest that Cook himself is a major donor.

Former Conservative colleagues describe Cook as “a nice guy but not a rich guy”. Cook – who could not be contacted for this piece – appears to retain an interest in Scottish politics.

He is listed as an advisor on Think Scotland, a conservative-minded website funded by Scottish unionist businessman Robert Kilgour.

Think Scotland is owned by former Tory MSP Brian Monteith. Monteith was head of press during the referendum for Leave.EU, the campaign group run by Arron Banks and Nigel Farage.

Cook’s interests are not confined to politics.

Since general election defeat in 2010, he has been involved in a number of international business deals.

In 2012, his company Cook Consulting (UK) Ltd held a press conference in Glasgow announcing its involvement in a £640m water desalination project in Pakistan.

The firm failed to submit accounts in 2014 and was dissolved by Companies House via compulsory strike-off in 2015.

In 2013, Cook founded another company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd with the former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz.

The prince’s son is the Saudi ambassador to the UK.

The other director of the company was Peter Haestrup, a Danish national who has been connected to the Purulia arms drop case, a long-running multinational scandal that involved weapons being dropped over the Indian province of West Bengal in 1995.

Five Star Investment Management Ltd was registered at Mr Cook’s Glasgow address.

The firm filed no accounts with Companies House, and was dissolved in December 2014.

Cook also has connections with right-wing pressure groups in the UK.

He was Scottish spokesperson for Conservative Friends of Israel and for the Campaign Against Political Correctness, a campaign allied to the Freedom Association, a right-wing Eurosceptic pressure group that supported apartheid in South Africa.

Back in 2009, Richard Cook spoke alongside current Tory MSP Murdo Fraser at a Freedom Association fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Perth to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 election victory.

Freedom Association Chief Executive Simon Richards later praised Cook as “one of the hardest working PPC’s (Parliamentary Prospective Candidates) anywhere in the country”.

The Freedom Association has historical links with Northern Ireland.

Among its original founders was Ross McWhirter, a controversial journalist who campaigned for strict restrictions on Irish people in Britain, including making it compulsory for all Irish people in Britain to register with the local police and to provide signed photographs of themselves when renting flats or booking into hotels and hostel.

McWhirter was shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Enfield in 1975.

The Freedom Association boasts of “friendly links” with the Democratic Unionist Party.

In 2007 and 2008, leading DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson and Sammy Wilson were involved in Freedom Association “fact finding” events in Northern Ireland.

At the time, the Freedom Association said it had “taken a close interest in Ulster matters from its earliest days and is keen to strengthen its ties with the province and to demonstrate its support for the Union.”

Donaldson was the chair of the DUP’s Brexit campaign – his name appeared on the election material that the CRC’s £425,000 donation paid for – and Wilson was a prominent pro-Brexit DUP voice throughout the campaign, regularly appearing in the media.

After his defeat in the 2010 general election, Richard Cook wrote: “I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds of thousands of Scots who believe in the same things we do.”

Among the activists he singled out for praise during the campaign were Ross McFarlane and Colin Taylor.

McFarlane was subsequently sacked as a Holyrood assistant by Ruth Davidson in 2011 after footage emerged showing him setting fire to the EU standard while dressed in the robes of Glasgow University amid anti-Catholic taunts.

McFarlane had been Davidson’s election agent.

Around the same time, it was discovered that Belfast born Colin Taylor had posted song lyrics on Twitter glorifying Northern Irish loyalist terrorist group, the Ulster Volunteer Force, while serving as president of the student Conservative Association from 2009 to 2010.

The social media posts were picked up when Taylor was working for the Tory Press and Research Unit at Holyrood.

An SNP spokesperson said: “These are deeply concerning allegations The fact that we still do not know the source of such a significant amount of cash used to help bankroll the Brexit campaign is unacceptable, and cannot be allowed to continue.

Just as concerning are the apparent links to the highest levels of the Scottish Tory party.

Ruth Davidson must clarify what links she has with Mr Cook, and whether her party has helped itself to money from the same murky sources.”









2010: Conservative Future in Scotland

The Tory Party youth wing in Scotland is comprised of all party members aged 30 and younger.

Members are both professional and students alike and participate in the life of the Party in many ways.

They enjoy an active membership life participating in the campaigns of their local MSPs, MP or Councillors at all levels of the Party structure and often meet to socialise and debate together.

Many are office holders at constituency level and some are elected members of Local Councils.

In Scotland the Tory Party membership (many aged between 50-80) at 2011 numbered around 8000.

This created problems since it was not possible to conduct any meaningful electorate canvassing without troops on the ground.

Ruth Davidson’s strategy resolved her problem when she turned away from the “Tory Old Guard” instead preferring to raise the profile of her personally selected “Conservative Future Footsoldiers” so that they would cement and implement her doctrine in all areas of the Party in Scotland.

But there was a price to pay for creating this two tier Party and the behaviour of a number of young Tory thugs associated with an increasing number of unsavoury incidents gives warning to the electorate not to provide unfettered support to a political group closely modelled on the ideals of a National Socialist Party.



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12 September 2011: Ruth Davidson’s Conservative Future President & Colleagues in Drunken Anti-Catholic Rant

Footage has emerged of Ross McFarlane, who was also the MSP’s election agent, setting fire to the EU standard while he was wearing Glasgow University robes.

Davidson fired him after being told of the incident, which happened after a St Andrew’s Day dinner last year.

Video footage shows McFarlane and some friends in Hyndland, in Glasgow’s West End, at 2am after the dinner, which was attended by Ms Davidson and a guest speaker, right-wing Tory MEP Roger Helmer.

The footage shows three people, including McFarlane and another individual draped in a Union Flag, trying to burn the EU flag on the pavement.

Struggling to set the cloth on fire, McFarlane says “F**k sake”, before adding: “Get a lighter.” An off-camera voice is heard to say: “Douse it.”

At this point it becomes clear the group is planning to burn the flag using alcohol and a lighter.

McFarlane is then seen to pour liquid on to the flag, prompting an associate to say: “What a waste of vodka, by the way.”

A frustrated McFarlane exclaims: “Somebody get a lighter.”

The failure to destroy the flag then becomes a source of merriment for a member of the group off-camera.

He can be heard saying: “There’s more chance of f*****g seeing the Pope confess to paedophilia.”

The group laughs. The same person then says: “There’s more chance of Hugh Dallas telling us he’s a f*****g tarrier.” – a derogatory term for an Irish Catholic.

The jibe prompts more laughter. McFarlane finally sets the flag alight.

The group expresses its approval before one of them starts to sing God Save The Queen.

The fire peters out and McFarlane says: “S**t disnae burn, lads.”



Davidson and her Conservative Future Team at Glasgow University



Ruth Davidson’s Press and Research Unit Assistant and Conservative Future Member in Anti-Catholic Rant

Also in her first week as national leader of the party, it emerged that Belfast born Colin Taylor, a Glasgow University graduate and former President of Conservative Future Scotland (CFS) and now employed at the public’s expense at Holyrood in the Tory press and research unit, tweeted lyrics from the song “Here Lies a Soldier”, which sings the praises of the Ulster Volunteer Force, an anti-Catholic Northern Irish terrorist group.

In his tweets Taylor casually refers to “tims” another offensive name for Catholics. The account has since disappeared.

As embarrassing as such behaviour may have been for Davidson, it was her response to Taylor’s tweets that has earned her the most criticism.

Taylor was allowed to keep his position, his punishment for his behaviour being no more than a “formal warning.”

Labour MSPs have called this “insufficient” and demanded more “disciplinary proceedings.”

Peter Kearney, of the Catholic Media Office, said: “The Catholic Church in Scotland condemns in the strongest possible terms any sectarian behaviour or criminality, from any quarter whatsoever, as having no place in a civilised society.”

The sectarian incidents occurred at a time when the ruling SNP was steering its anti-sectarianism bill, which would see much tougher punishments dealt to those who make sectarian comments at football grounds and, like Mr Taylor, through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Scottish Tory objection to the bill led to the late Roman Catholic criminal QC Paul McBride quitting the party, just one week before Taylor’s tweets became public knowledge.


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Stewart Green




25th September 2011: More Trouble For Ruth Davidson As Former Secretary of Conservative Future Scotland Posts Racist Comments Online

Stewart Green, Glasgow University Graduate and former secretary of Conservative Future Scotland and a key figure behind the “Tory Hoose” blog, claimed it was not possible to be racist against “blacks” and said it did not matter how many black people went to university.

Green was one of the Tory members embroiled in a flag-burning row that resulted in party leadership hopeful Ruth Davidson firing one of her aides. was formed by senior party supporters in 2011  as a Scottish version of the acclaimed Conservative Home website.

The blog describes itself as a forum for “fresh thinking” in the Tories and is edited by activists.

Contributors have given extensive coverage to the Scottish leadership contest and organised an opinion poll of members’ views last week.

However, Green has posted his controversial views on race elsewhere online. Green, the site’s webmaster and “leadership editor”, said in a post on university admissions on microblogging site Twitter: “Why’s it ‘racist to conclude no blacks good enough’? Wasn’t aware black was a race.”

On the same day, he tweeted: “Shock: Oxbridge has only few black students. However, They have zero single armed, black, lesbian mothers. How outrageous.”

He later said: “As far as I can see, racism is discrimination against a particular race.

So you can be racist against Jews, but not against black people.”

Green also tweeted: “An Asian festival is taking place a few doors up, either that or several cats are being strangled. Can’t quite decide which.”

On UK Government policy towards Pakistan, he said the Asian country’s “first mistake” was “ending imperial rule”.

Green was one of those present when another young Conservative, Ross McFarlane, set fire to a European Union flag on a Glasgow street last year.

McFarlane was sacked as Davidson’s parliamentary assistant after footage of him burning the flag emerged.

It clearly shows Green and another individual holding the cloth as McFarlane tried to set it alight.



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20 September 2016: St Andrews University Investigation Confirms Conservative Future Society Election Fraud

An investigation conducted by the Students Association has found that allegations of “election fraud” and other allegations of abuse of authority, against the St Andrews Conservative and Unionist Society Chairman and committee were in fact true.

There were a number of serious allegations including an anti-Roman Catholic sentiment within the Society.

Stephan Maier, (member) said that at times there was a “general sentiment” of anti-Roman Catholic feeling in the Society stating that, anti-Roman Catholic remarks were made.

He said: “I’m not someone who feels very uncomfortably easily myself, but I believe others would.

People would easily be put off by that immediately, I completely agree with that.

Certain people would feel their presence was unwanted, and their opinion carried little or no value because they were Roman Catholic.

It put off people from joining or attending.”

A spokesman for the membership said: “It is some relief to be vindicated by the Union, and that our claims that the election had been unpleasant and corrupted have been confirmed.”

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Richard Cook and his supporting team East Renfrewshire




4 May 2017: Callum Purves, former Conservative Future Society President found Guilty of Election Foul Play at University is Newly Elected Kinross Councillor.

Callum Purves (Society President) and Ian Donnell, (Ulsterman: believer in Faith, Flag and Family and Society Chairman) were investigated and found guilty of serious electoral foul play.

The odious behaviour of senior officers of the Society, many since promoted to senior positions within the Scottish Conservative Party is symptomatic of a failure on the part of Ruth Davidson and her colleagues to provide leadership and guidance to younger members of her Party.

It is conjectured that, had the information contained in this article been made available to the Kinross electorate it is doubtful Purves would have been elected to serve as a councillor.

Might be he will do the right thing and stand down and submit himself for re-election. But “pigs might fly” before that happens.

Full report:



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Ian Donnell behind Ruth and members of the St Andrews University Conservative Future Tory Club



Ian Donnell – Strabane – Northern Ireland

Ian is a descendent of one of four Donnell brothers, all of whom were first members of the Tullywhisker Border Guards before serving with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR.

One brother, Winston, was the first Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) casualty at the start of Operation Demetrius (internment) in 1971.

Ian excelled academically at school in Strabane and qualified for then gained a degree in Medicine, from St Andrews University.

A brilliant orator he commands an audience when he speaks (as did the late Ian Paisley.

He is well connected politically and socially with the Unionist community of Northern Ireland and easily transferred his loyalty to Ruth Davidson and the Conservative and Unionist party in Scotland at the start of his University studies in 2014.

Within the year he manoeuvred himself into the powerful role of Chairman/President of the Conservative Future Movement.

Membership of which comprises all of the Scottish Conservative Party’s members under the age of 30 or who are currently in higher education.

His leadership brought with it an increased political campus profile of young conservative activists.

St Andrews and Glasgow Universities became hotbeds of political intrigue as different factions battled for supremacy.

Davidson’s side won the day by the end of 2015.

Donnell and Davidson had established total control of the party in Scotland. This is how they did it:

Davidson’s next move was to nurture long lapsed links between Scotland and Ulster and in this she had a willing and well versed assistant in Donnell.

Around 40% of the population of Northern Ireland are Ulster Scot’s.

Very many retain very strong family links and voting influence with Scotland and value their Scottish heritage.

Ulster Scot’s elect DUP candidates to office.

Next month will provide confirmation of the foregoing.

Monitor the number of Belfast bands marching in Scotland.

Each one is sponsored by the DUP and Unionist “Better Together” Orange Order supporters.



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Donnell, second from left with Liam Fox and members of Conservative future




The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) manifesto for the 2017 General Election

The manifesto was published not long before the election and many might have missed reading it.

It was a truly remarkable document in many ways, revealing a hitherto modernist approach to government in Northern Ireland and a number of policies of relevance to Scotland.

There was no mention whatsoever of gay marriage, abortion, Christianity or churches, probably because these aspects of policy are already addressed rendering Ruth Davidson’s pointless




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Policies that would impact on Scotland, if implemented:

1. The manifesto pledges to “freeze, then cut or abolish the TV licence fee and reform the BBC”, describing the licence fee as a “highly regressive tax”.

2. Proposal for improved [energy] interconnection with Great Britain, pertinent as the current electricity inter-connector has been running at part-capacity for a long time due to problems with the undersea cable.

3. Pursuit of a “Hard Brexit” establishing formal border controls with the Republic.

There are 300+ crossing points so this could be interesting if implemented.

Why a hard Brexit?

A “soft Brexit” would provide an open border between Ulster and the Republic but a closed border between Ulster, Scotland and the rest of the UK. Bit daft.



Glasgow University Conservative Future members with Ruth




Informative links




Six Months After Voting “No” in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots Were Provided With An Opportunity To Refute Claims That the Postal Vote Had Been Rigged In Favour of “No” – They Exposed the Fiddle








The 2015 General Election

The General Election in Scotland in May 2015 was completed only 6 short months after the 2014 referendum.

The election provided a unique opportunity for Scots to confirm the results of the 2014 referendum and there appeared to be no definitive reason why this should not be the case.

But the result stunned Westminster who even when faced with the reality that the fiddled postal vote in the 2014 referendum had been tumbled by Scots went into denial mode big time.

The final result was:

Total votes cast: 2,911,391

Total votes for SNP: 1,424,424

Equates to: 50.5% in favour of “Yes”







32 constituencies voted “Yes”

70378: Glasgow East, “mp”:”Natalie McGarry MP”:1970-2.80% 53.49% 24116 56.90%

58875: Glasgow North, “mp”:”Patrick Grady MP”:1582-2.69% ***** 19610 53.10%

66678: Glasgow N E, “,”mp”:”Anne McLaughlin MP”:1300-1.95% ***** 21976 58.00%

68418: Glasgow NW, “mp”:”Carol Monaghan MP”:2126-3.11% ***** 23908 54.50%

70945: Glasgow Cen, “mp”:”Alison Thewliss MP”:1717-2.42% ***** 20658 52.50%

74051: Glasgow S, “mp”:”Stewart McDonald MP”:2175-2.94% ***** 26773 54.90%

66208: Glasgow SW, “mp”:”Chris Stephens MP”:1960-2.96% ***** 23388 57.20%

59350: Inverclyde, “mp”:”Ronnie Cowan MP”:2230-3.76% 49.92% 25585 55.10%

83071: East Kilbride,”mp”:”Dr Lisa Cameron MP”:3157-3.80% ***** 33678 55.60%

82701: Rug & Hamilton W, “mp”:”Marg Ferrier MP”:2918-3.53% ***** 30279 52.60%

66715: Airdrie & Shotts, “mp”:”Neil Gray MP”:2296-3.44% 51.07 23887 53.90%

73813: Coatbridge,”mp”:”Philip Boswell MP”:2158-2.92% ***** 28696 56.60%

70269: Motherwell, “mp”:”Marion Fellows MP”:2169-3.09% ***** 27375 56.50%

67009: Cumbernauld “mp”:”Stuart C. McDonald MP”:2140-3.19% ***** 29572 59.90%

69193: W Dunbarton, “mp”:”M Docherty-Hughes MP”:2060-2.98% 53.96% 30198 59.00%

61281: Paisley & Ren S, “mp”:”Mhairi Black MP”:2031-3.31% ***** 23548 50.90%

69982: C Ayrshire, “mp”:”Dr Philippa Whitford MP”:2728-3.90% ***** 26999 53.20%

75985: N Ayr & Arran, “mp”:”Patricia Gibson MP”:2631-3.46% 48.99% 28641 53.20%

75283: Kilmarnock & Loudoun, “mp”:”Alan Brown MP”:2285-3.04% ***** 30000 55.70%

67745: Aberdeen North, “mp”:”Kirsty Blackman MP”:1829-2.70% ***** 24793 56.40%

66960: Dundee East, “mp”:”Stewart Hosie MP”:2029-3.03% 57.39% 28765 59.70%

66287: Dundee West, “mp”:”Chris Law MP”:1338-2.02% ***** 27684 61.90%

69781: Glenrothes, “mp”:”Peter Grant MP”:1523-2.18% ***** 28459 59.80%

75941: Kkcaldy & Cowden, “mp”:”Roger Mullin MP”:2193-2.89% ***** 27628 52.20%

78037: Dun & West Fife, “mp”:”Douglas Chapman MP”:2890-3.70% ***** 28096 50.30%

82373: Livingston, “mp”:”Hannah Bardell MP”:3065-3.72% 44.84% 32736 56.90%

21744: Na h-Eileanan Iar, “mp”:”Angus MacNeil MP”:674-3.10% 46.58% 8662 54.30%

67875: Midlothian, “mp”:”Owen Thompson MP”:2182-3.22% 43.70% 24453 50.60%

83380: Falkirk, “mp”:”John Mc Nally MP”:2764-3.32% 46.53% 34831 57.70%

66208: Paisley & Renfrew N: Gavin Newlands MP: 3158-4.77% 47.19% 25601 50.70%

72447: Perth & North Perthshire: Pete Wishart MP: 3033-4.19% ***** 27379 50.50%

86955: Linlithgow & E Falkirk, “mp”:”M Day MP” :3570-4.11% 46.53% 32055 52.00%

78037: Dun & West Fife, “mp”:”Douglas Chapman MP”:2890-3.70% ***** 28096 50.30%

82701: Rug & Hamilton W, “mp”:”Marg Ferrier MP”:2918-3.53% ***** 30279 52.60%

65792: Angus, “mp”:”Mike Weir MP”:2355-3.58% 43.68% 24130 54.20%








24 constituencies confirmed the 2014 referendum result. Of these 10 improved the “Yes” vote by 1-5%

77268: Inverness, Nairn, “mp”:”Drew Hendry MP”:3073-3.98% ***** 28838 48.10%

54109: Ross & Skye, “mp”:”Ian Blackford MP”:2038-3.77% ***** 20119 48.10%

47558: Sutherland, “mp”:”Dr Paul Monaghan MP”:1679-3.53% 47.80% 15831 46.30%

34551: Orkney & Shetland, “mp”:”Al Carmichael MP”:1062-3.48% 35.00% 8590 37.80%

68875: Argyll & Bute: Brendan O’Hara MP: 3277-4.75% 41.48% 22959 44.30%

67236: Stirling: Steven Paterson MP: 3175-4.72% 40.23% 23783 45.60%

77379: S Perthshire: Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP: 3645-4.71% 39.81% 26620 46.00%

73445: W Aberdeen: Stuart Blair Donaldson MP: 3961-5.40% 39.64% 22949 41.60%

68056: Aberdeen South, “mp”:”Callum McCaig MP”:3618-4.65% ***** 20221 41.60%

71685: Moray, “mp”:”Rt Hon Angus Robertson MP”:2995-4.18% ***** 24384 49.50%

68609: Banff & Buchan: Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP: 2772-4.04% ***** 16283 48.00%

79393: Gordon: Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP: 3711-4.68% ***** 27717 47.70%

66178: Edinburgh E, “mp”:”Tommy Sheppard MP”:1854-2.80% ***** 23188 49.20%

71749: Edinburgh West: Michelle Thomson MP : 4388-6.12% 38.90% 21378 39.00%

65846: Edinburgh South: Ian Murray MP: 3579-5.44% ***** 16656 33.80%

80978: Edinburgh North & Leith: Deidre Brock MP: 4280-5.29% ***** 23742 40.90%

79481: East Lothian:George Kerevan MP: 3676-4.63% 38.28% 25104 42.50%

72178: Edinburgh South West: Joanna Cherry QC: 3283-4.55% ***** 22168 43.00%

62003: North East Fife: Stephen Gethins MP: 2937-4.74% 44.95% 18523 40.90%

78037: Lanark & Hamilton East: Angela Crawley MP: 3272-4.19% 45.33% 26976 48.80%

69982: East Renfrewshire: Kirsten Oswald MP: 4241-6.06% 36.81% 23013 40.60%

66966: East Dunbartonshire: John Nicolson MP: 3977-5.94% 38.80% 22093 40.30%

68483: Dumfriesshire: Rt Hon David Mundell MP:2816-4.11% 34.33% 19961 38.30%

74179: Berwickshire,& Selkirk: Calum Kerr MP: 3026-4.08% ***** 20145 36.60%




2017 General Election – The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why They Failed To Do So – lessons need to be learned








The 2017 General Election

I first posted this forecast 6 weeks before the GE and am following up with this before and after report which makes interesting reading.

The General Election in Scotland will be a re-run of the 2014 referendum and the landslide victory achieved by the SNP in the last GE cannot realistically be achieved.

My analysis suggests the under-noted 37 seats are safe and should be retained by the SNP:





82373: Livingston, “mp”:”Hannah Bardell MP”,”signature_count”:3065-3.72% SNP Hold

59350: Inverclyde, “mp”:”Ronnie Cowan MP”,”signature_count”:2230-3.76% SNP Hold

83071: East Kilbride, Straven, “mp”:”Dr Lisa Cameron MP”,”signature_count”:3157-3.80% SNP Hold

77268: Inverness, Nairn, “mp”:”Drew Hendry MP”,”signature_count”:3073-3.98% SNP Hold

54109: Ross, Skye & Lochaber, “mp”:”Ian Blackford MP”,”signature_count”:2038-3.77% SNP Hold

69982: Central Ayrshire, “mp”:”Dr Philippa Whitford MP”,”signature_count”:2728-3.90% SNP Hold

72985: Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock, “mp”:”Corri Wilson MP”,”signature_count”:2751-3.77% Tory Gain 2044 65.9%

A tricky area, at one time the mining communities in the East of the constituency ensured a strong Labour vote.

But this is no longer the case and the voting direction is centred on Ayr where there is assured Tory support.

The Tory activists were aware of this and conducted a sustained well organised campaign and it bore them results, a transfer of 15% of voters from the SNP.

The low turnout also benefited the Tory Party to the detriment of the SNP




78037: Dunfermline & West Fife, “mp”:”Douglas Chapman MP”,”signature_count”:2890-3.70% SNP Hold

82701: Rutherglen & Hamilton W, “mp”:”Margaret Ferrier MP”,”signature_count”:2918-3.53% Lab Gain 265 64%

The SNP candidate was caught in a pincer movement orchestrated by Davidson and Dugdale.

This one would normally be a straight fight between the SNP and labour.

But the spoiler Tory took enough votes from the SNP to achieve the removal of the SNP candidate

65792: Angus, “mp”:”Mike Weir MP”,”signature_count”:2355-3.58% Tory Gain 2645 63%

The very low turnout favoured the Tory candidate. Angus voters rejected independence in 2014 56% – 43% and sustained campaigning was required so as to be certain of a positive result.

The Tory candidate was a pocket dynamo from the first day of campaigning.

She was backed by her entire family and a wider team who believed the seat to be winnable.

She is a farmers daughter and well connected to many people in the Farming sector.

The SNP candidate failed to match his opponents efforts and suffered the consequences



Kirstine Hair (Centre) and some of her helpers


47558: Caithness, Sutherland, “mp”:”Dr Paul Monaghan MP”,”signature_count”:1679-3.53% Lib Gain 2044 65.9%

His high profile negative media presence was very much a factor and most likely the reason for his defeat

34551: Orkney & Shetland, “mp”:”Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP”,”signature_count”:1062-3.48% Lib Hold

21744: Na h-Eileanan an Iar, “mp”:”Angus MacNeil MP”,”signature_count”:674-3.10% SNP Hold

67745: Aberdeen North, “mp”:”Kirsty Blackman MP”,”signature_count”:1829-2.70% SNP Hold

66960: Dundee East, “mp”:”Stewart Hosie MP”,”signature_count”:2029-3.03% SNP Hold

66287: Dundee West, “mp”:”Chris Law MP”,”signature_count”:1338-2.02% SNP Hold

69781: Glenrothes, “mp”:”Peter Grant MP”,”signature_count”:1523-2.18% SNP Hold

75941: Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath, “mp”:”Roger Mullin MP”,”signature_count”:2193-2.89% Lab Gain 259 63.5%

Labour vote increased by 3.5%. Corbyn’s manifesto helped rally the troops a wee bit.

The Tories canvassed the area hard and persuaded (13% of the voters to move their vote to the party from the SNP.


Ross Desk 830x540

Ross Thomson Aberdeen South Tory



75249: Dumfries & Galloway, “mp”:”Richard Arkless MP”,”signature_count”:2498-3.32% Tory Gain 5643 69.5%

This was a Tory stronghold from 1931 – 2005.

It slipped away from the Tories in the period 2010 2017.

The trend has been reversed significantly.

The Labour vote shrunk by another 4% over the 21% they had already lost to the SNP in 2025.

9% of SNP votes transferred to the Tory Party who canvassed the area very hard over the weekend before the election and reaped the benefits.

75985: North Ayrshire & Arran, “mp”:”Patricia Gibson MP”,”signature_count”:2631-3.46% SNP Hold

75283: Kilmarnock & Loudoun, “mp”:”Alan Brown MP”,”signature_count”:2285-3.04% SNP Hold

70378: Glasgow East, “mp”:”Natalie McGarry MP”,”signature_count”:1970-2.80% SNP Hold

58875: Glasgow North, “mp”:”Patrick Grady MP”,”signature_count”:1582-2.69% SNP Hold

66678: Glasgow North East, “,”mp”:”Anne McLaughlin MP”,”signature_count”:1300-1.95% Lab Gain 242 53%

Ultra low turnout.

Tory activists canvassed area extensively and increased vote by 8%.

Labour recovered 9% of the vote they lost in 2010 due to the positive impact of the labour manifesto



Christine Hair Tory Angus – Poster placed in every field in the constituency – But at what cost?



68418: Glasgow North West, “mp”:”Carol Monaghan MP”,”signature_count”:2126-3.11% SNP Hold

70945: Glasgow Central, “mp”:”Alison Thewliss MP”,”signature_count”:1717-2.42% SNP Hold

74051: Glasgow South, “mp”:”Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP”,”signature_count”:2175-2.94% SNP Hold

66208: Glasgow South West, “mp”:”Chris Stephens MP”,”signature_count”:1960-2.96% SNP Hold

66715: Airdrie & Shotts, “mp”:”Neil Gray MP”,”signature_count”:2296-3.44% SNP Hold

73813: Coatbridge,& Bellshill, “mp”:”Philip Boswell MP”,”signature_count”:2158-2.92% Lab Gain 1586 63%

Low turnout compared to 2015.

Labour Party fortunes improved by around 9% due to the positive impact of the labour manifesto.

Tory vote improved by 10% due to very active canvassing of the electorate.

Internal difficulties within the SNP local branch disadvantaged the Party.

70269: Motherwell & Wishaw, “mp”:”Marion Fellows MP”,”signature_count”:2169-3.09% SNP Hold

67009: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth “mp”:”Stuart C. McDonald MP”,”signature_count”:2140-3.19% SNP Hold

69193: West Dunbartonshire, “mp”:”Martin Docherty-Hughes MP”,”signature_count”:2060-2.98% SNP Hold

61281: Paisley & Renfrewshire South, “mp”:”Mhairi Black MP”,”signature_count”:2031-3.31% SNP Hold

66178: Edinburgh East, “mp”:”Tommy Sheppard MP”,”signature_count”:1854-2.80% SNP Hold

67875: Midlothian, “mp”:”Owen Thompson MP”,”signature_count”:2182-3.22% Lab Gain 885 66.4%

Labour increased vote by 6% due to the positive impact of the labour manifesto.

Tories canvassed the seat extensively for many weeks before the election and persuaded 13% of SNP voters to switch alliances.

This is a bad loss and could have been avoided if a more intensive local campaign had been conducted

63380: Falkirk, “mp”:”John Mc Nally MP”,”signature_count”:2764-3.32% SNP Hold





Election Summary

The SNP won 35 seats polling 977,569 votes. The SNP vote share was 36.9%. This was down from 2015 when it got 1,454,436 votes, half of all the votes cast. The SNP came second in 24 seats. he loss of 9 safe seats need investigating.

The Conservatives got 13 seats and 757,949 votes. In 2015 they got 434,097 votes and just one seat. Their share of the vote went up from 14.9% of the Scots who voted to 28.6%, almost double. The Scottish Tories were only second in 9 seats.

Labour only added about 10,000 voters in Scotland. In 2015 they got 707,147 votes and this time they polled 717,007. Their share of the vote rose from 24.3% to 27.1% but their seats went up from one to seven. Labour were the runner-up in 25 seats

The Lib Dems dropped 40,000 votes from 219,675 to 179,061 but they also increased their number of seats – from one to four.

The Greens slumped from 39,205 to just 5,886 – but this was mainly because they only stood in three constituencies.