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MPs with a financial interest in a Private NHS named & shamed
Yes, here are the MPs with a financial interest in a Private NHS – so no surprise that they’re abusing their role to implement NHS Privatisation
Handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £200,000 in donations.
Received a £21,000 donation in Nov 2009 from John Nash, the former chairman of Care UK.
Former executive at JP Morgan, a major player in private healthcare.
Held shares in Quester VCT 5 plc ,a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
Former director of Lansdowne Advisory Ltd, which has shares in private healthcare company Circle.
Has registered interests in legal firm Squire Patton Boggs, which workd with multiple NHS trusts on PFI and PPP programs.
Former advisor to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company which has worked with the NHS’s new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.
Was the majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries.
Received almost £15,000 in donations from James Lupton, the chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe which has a global network of corporate relationships in the healthcare sector.
Received six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a speech in 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK built an online ‘portal’ for NHS commissioners to help them monitor performance.
Spent almost a decade working for marketing agency M&C Saatchi, whose clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck
13. David Davis – former shadow home secretary (Tory)
Received a payment of £4,250 for a six-hour speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva.
Received £1,900 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, which manufactures medical and orthopaedic equipment and instruments.
Received £14,000 in a series of donations from Derek Luckhurst, chief executive and owner of care home group Agincare.
Has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS.
Was a non-executive director for investment firm Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, which had multiple investments in private healthcare companies.
Former director of Attendo AB, – a Swedish private health company.
Was a board advisor to Ellwood and Atfield; a recruitment firm which recruit for NHS positions and private healthcare.
Received £5,000 from investment company IPGL Ltd, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.
Has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd, formally private health firm 4D Biomedical Ltd.
Provided marketing advice to Care Matters, a financial planning company for care homes.
Worked for L.E.K consulting, which has six ‘partners’ in European healthcare.
Received £3,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Received a £20,000 donation from MMC Ventures, which parts owns The Practice plc which runs 60 GP surgeries.
Beneficiary of a trust which owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd.
Received £5,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Received £15,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.
Received £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.
Had a key role at marketing giant WPP Group, which had a long list of healthcare clients.
Received £11,000 from Moundsley Healthcare Ltd last year.
Received £6,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Worked as an analyst for for Crispin Odey’s hedge fund Odey Asset Management.
Former adviser to property venture capital firm Company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd, a funder of Danescroft Commercial Developments, which has worked in the healthcare sector.
Has worked as a freelance or Medical Solutions Ltd, which provided medical cover for events.
Was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.
Non-Executive director of management software firm Idox plc, which provides services to the NHS Health Libraries Group and NHS Education for Scotland.
Received £350 for training sessions with Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
Was a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, which has profited from big PFI deals.
Was a director of PR firm Huntsworth plc, which was part of lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association.
Former director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertising and brand company which worked extensively with clients in the healthcare sector.
Was a strategy adviser to global management firm Accenture, which has worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS.
Worked for lobbying firm Hanover, where she had a range of healthcare clients.
Partner in the Allele Fund, which invests in healthcare startups.
Received £5,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
46. Stephen O’Brien (Tory)
Received payments totalling £40,000 from Julian Schild, whose family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.
Received donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters from Julian Schild – see above.
Worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which does PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms.
Advised the private equity company which runs Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated internet and mail order pharmacy.
Partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, which has healthcare investor Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client.
Chairman of advisory board at L.E.K. Consulting LLP, which helps private healthcare firms identify “new business development” and “opportunities with the Government”.
Received £3,000 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.
Received £10,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.
Was paid £50,000 a year as a “strategic adviser” to Circle Health.
Received £3,500 for speeches to STAC Consultancy, which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products.
Received a £2,500 donation from Principle Healthcare Ltd in September 2014.
Received £2,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Consultant on financial services to FIL Investment Management Ltd, which invests in healthcare.
Attended the Ryder Cup as Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society, with travel and accommodation paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe.
His office received a £2,000 donation from Redwood Care Homes, which owns multiple care homes.
Has shares in Sensortec, a company that owns Vantix which was working on a contract for a new product to detect MRSI.
Had registered shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.
Also attended the 2008 Ryder Cup, courtesy of Humana Europe.
Non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, which specialises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.
65. Menzies Campbell – former leader (Liberal Democrat)
Non-executive director of Scottish American Investment Company plc, which took over one of the care homes when Southern Cross collapsed.
66. Vince Cable – Business Secretary (Liberal Democrat)
Received a donation of £2,000 from Chartwell Care Services, which is 100% owned by Chartwell Health & Care PLC. It also owns Chartwell Private Hospitals plc, which provide day case surgery to NHS patients.
67. Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister (Liberal Democrat)
Received a donation to his constituency office for £5,000 from Alpha Medical Consultancy.
68. Simon Hughes – Justice Minister (Liberal Democrat)
Received £60,000 donation to his constituency party from the founder of Alpha Hospitals, a private hospital firm.
69. Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat)
MP for Eastbourne. Received £544.92 aggregated over time for office equipment from Platon Medical Ltd – who provides Ear, Nose and throat devices.
70. Robert Smith (Liberal Democrat)
Has shares in pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.
71. Jo Swinson – Business Minister (Liberal Democrat)
Received a donation of £2,000 September 2013 from private optician firm, Peter Ivins Eye Care.
Dodgy MPs taking part in votes which they have a financial interest in can be reported to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Kathryn Hudson – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Overseeing the maintenance and monitoring the operation of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests
* Providing advice on a confidential basis to individual Members and to the Select Committee on Standards about the interpretation of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members
* Monitoring the operation of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules and, where appropriate, proposing possible modifications of it to the Committee on Standards
* Preparing guidance and providing training for Members on matters of conduct, propriety and ethics
* Receiving and investigating complaints about Members who are allegedly in breach of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules, and reporting her findings to the Committee on Standards
* The Commissioner also presents an annual report to the House of Commons on the work of her office
List of MPs taken from this source:
Cabinet Ministers come and go over the years but if you notice one or two who seem out of their depth you’re not alone. So how did they get the job? Well it’s up to the Prime Minister to form his or her Cabinet from the collection of MPs (or indeed Lords) of his/her political party.
No qualifications or experience needed to be a cabinet minister! – see for yourself in the ICO response
Let’s put names to the numbers (and faces) above:
So what was the giveaway to us that they weren’t qualified?
Originally let’s just say “the clues were there” with news stories from 2010 onwards questioning the competence of “the quiet man” Iain Duncan Smith. Who could forget his “I’m turning up the volume” speech back when he was Tory leader. But in his role of DWP Minister his (cough) ‘talents’ are there for us all to see.
The next big clue was Helen Grant when she was Minister of Sport. She was given a little sports quiz with some questions which anyone connected with sport should have been able to answer – but not Ms Grant. In fact she failed to correctly answer any of the sports questions put to her. So when that happened, one of our friends put in a Freedom of Information request to find out what qualifications and experience Cabinet Ministers needed. Guess what? They had nothing on file! So the request went to the very helpful Information Commissioner’s Office who provided this statement on the subject:
Cabinet Minister Qualifications & Experience – ICO Response
Traditionally, the Prime Minister chooses Ministers from elected Members of the House of Commons (MPs). However, they may also choose Members from the House of Lords. Ministers are chosen from individuals who are members of the party of government (or, in the current case, the parties of government).
The Prime Minister may well choose someone who has no direct experience of the work covered by the department, for example, the minister for health is rarely a health professional. However, it is for the Prime Minister to determine what other qualities that person has to fulfil the role. It is also for the Prime Minister to determine whether that person continues to be suitable for the role. The minister themselves may offer their resignation if, for whatever reason, they do not feel able to continue in the ministerial role.
Ministers are regularly challenged in and out of Parliament (for example, in the media) to explain their actions but it remains the Prime Minister’s decision as to whether they are suitable for the
For your general information, here is a link to the UK Parliament website which might be helpful on this general topic:
Here also, for your general information, is a link showing ministers in the current Cabinet. The link provides biographical information but you may, of course, also wish to conduct your own online searches using their names to find biographical information from other independent online sources.
You may well question whether a particular minister is qualified for their ministerial role and you may make an assessment about the party of government and about the Prime Minister based on how well, in your view, their ministers perform. That is a matter for you (and for all of us as the UK electorate).
23 April 2014
Case Reference Number FS50535109
So there you have it – if you’re an elected MP or a Lord (not elected) and you fancy being a cabinet member, have a word with the Prime Minister – no experience or qualifications needed. Who knows – you may be the next Iain Duncan Smith or Helen Grant.
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