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If you are a disabled Tory voter who thinks you still have human rights you’ll be shocked to learn the Tory Government apparently thinks you have none. In fact, they are in court right now apparently arguing you should have no human rights.
This comes at the end of the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the Bedroom Tax in the case of one couple – the Carmichaels – breaches their human rights. The Tory Government ran out of appeal options, which already cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds.
Having lost that case the Tory Government is back in court spending more taxpayers money arguing no other disabled person in the UK has those same human rights.
“Should the government win this case, it would severely curtail the powers of the social security tribunal,” said Lucy Cadd of Leigh Day solicitors, who is acting for Charlotte and Jayson Carmichael.
This ruling will ultimately affect every disabled person in the UK – regardless of who you vote for.
When there’s money to be made it seems they just can’t help themselves. If we can’t trust them with the NHS how are we expected to trust them with the UK? Here they are in alphabetical order by surname.
Harriett Baldwin was former executive at JP Morgan, a major player in private healthcare.Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
Gregory Barker held shares in Quester VCT 5 plc, a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.
Henry Bellingham was director of Lansdowne Advisory Ltd, which has shares in private healthcare company Circle.
Jake Berry has interests in legal firm Squire Patton Boggs, which worked with multiple NHS trusts on PFI and PPP programs.
Graham Brady was advisor to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company which has worked with the NHS’s new Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Andrew Bridgen is non-executive chairman of fresh vegetable distributor company AB produce PLC. The company is listed on the NHS supply chain. In June 2011, Mr Bridgen claimed critics of the NHS reforms were made up of ‘Stalinist protectionist elements.’
Steve Brine accepted nearly £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.
Aidan Burley accepted 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.
Simon Burns attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.
Nick de Bois was majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries.
David Cameron handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £200,000 in donations.
Damian Collins spent almost a decade working for marketing agency M&C Saatchi, whose clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck.
David Davis accepted £4,250 for a six-hour speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva.
Jonathan Djanogly accepted £1,900 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, which manufactures medical and orthopaedic equipment and instruments.
Richard Drax accepted £14,000 in a series of donations from Derek Luckhurst, chief executive and owner of care home group Agincare.
Iain Duncan-Smith has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS.
Philip Dunne was a non-executive director for investment firm Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, which had multiple investments in private healthcare companies.
Michael Fallon was director of Attendo AB, a Swedish private health company.
Mark Field was board advisor to Ellwood and Atfield, a recruitment firm which recruit for NHS positions and private healthcare.
Liam Fox accepted £5,000 from investment company IPGL Ltd, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.
George Freeman has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd, formally private health firm 4D Biomedical Ltd.
Mike Freer provided marketing advice to Care Matters, a financial planning company for care homes.
Richard Fuller worked for L.E.K consulting, which has six ‘partners’ in European healthcare.
Dominic Grieve has shares in Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Astrazeneca, Standard Chartered (Health insurance).
William Hague accepted £20,000 donation from MMC Ventures, which parts owns The Practice plc which runs 60 GP surgeries.
Philip Hammond is beneficiary of a trust which owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd.
Jeremy Hunt accepted £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.
Margot James had a key role at marketing giant WPP Group, which had a long list of healthcare clients.
Mark Lancaster old adviser to property venture capital firm Company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd, a funder of Danescroft Commercial Developments, which has worked in the healthcare sector.
Andrew Lansley accepted £21,000 in Nov 2009 from John Nash, the former chairman of Care UK.
Oliver Letwin was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.
Peter Lilley is non-Executive director of management software firm Idox plc, which provides services to the NHS Health Libraries Group and NHS Education for Scotland.
Tim Loughton accepted £350 for sessions with Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.
Mary MacLeod was a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, which has profited from big PFI deals.
Francis Maude was a director of PR firm Huntsworth plc, which was part of lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association.
Patrick Mercer is adviser to Premier Composites Ltd, who design and build ‘healthcare pods’ for some private healthcare buildings, including a care home in Scotland and a mental health lodge in Preston.
Maria Miller was director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertising and brand company which worked extensively with clients in the healthcare sector.
Andrew Mitchell was a strategy adviser to global management firm Accenture, which has worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS.
Penny Mordaunt had worked for lobbying firm Hanover, where she had a range of healthcare clients.
Brooks Newmark is partner in the Allele Fund, which invests in healthcare startups.
Jesse Norman accepted £5,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Stephen O’Brien accepted £40,000 from Julian Schild, whose family made £184 million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.
George Osborne accepted donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters from Julian Schild
Richard Ottaway visited the USA to attend seminars and meetings with elected US officials and policy forums. His return flight and accommodation were financed by Atlantic Bridge and registered 4 years late on 20th October 2011.
Priti Patel worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which does PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms.
John Redwood advised the private equity company which runs Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated internet and mail order pharmacy.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, which has healthcare investor Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client.
Malcolm Rifkind is Chairman of advisory board at L.E.K. Consulting LLP, which helps private healthcare firms identify “new business development” and “opportunities with the Government”.
David Ruffley accepted £10,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.
Mark Simmonds accepted £50,000 per year as a “strategic adviser” to Circle Health.
Chris Skidmore accepted £3,500 for speeches to STAC Consultancy, which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products.
Nicholas Soames accepted £2,000 from Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.
Andrew Tyrie 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. This is the man who said he wants fracking but not in his back yard.
David Willetts has shares in Sensortec, a company that owns Vantix which was working on a contract for a new product to detect MRSI.
Rob Wilson had shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.
Nadhim Zahawi is non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, which specialises in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector.
Tory attitude to NHS:
Tory housing minister member of group calling for workhouses for the poor, end to all council housing & NHS privatisation
Dominic Raab, the Conservative housing minister, was until this week a member of a private Facebook group that called for the return of workhouses and the sale of all council homes, it has emerged.
It called for the NHS to be privatised and said it would be “right” to introduce workhouses for people in debt.
Tory attitude to NHS:
First Gavin Barwell delayed the fire safety check which could have prevented the Grenfell fire. Theresa May then promoted him to be her Chief of Staff as a possible reward for failure. Now he has been caught posting naughty images on Twitter along with Tory Lord Ashcroft. Is May pondering on giving him a knighthood as reward for his indiscretions?
MPs accused of sexual harassment and bullying will get anonymity while under investigation under new plans drawn up by themselves.
This effectively puts the public at risk. Previously if you found out your MP was under investigation for being a ‘sex pest’ you probably wouldn’t visit the office of that MP alone. Now however you wouldn’t know one way or the other until the MP forces himself onto you.
Additionally making the investigation public gives other victims a chance to come forward. Kate Maltby, the writer whose evidence led to the resignation of former Cabinet minister Damian Green, said publicity was essential for this reason.