March 18th, 2014

Labour Demand Answers Over Conflicted No. 10 Trade Envoy

Following Guido’s story about the PM’s trade envoy to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Charles Hendry taking a job with an oil company working in those two countries, Labour MP Sheila Gilmore has tabled two written questions to the Prime Minister demanding answers:

To ask the Prime Minister, whether the appointments of the hon. Member for Wealden as a) a consultant to Vitol Group and b) a Senior Adviser to Atlantic Supergrid Corporation Ltd were considered by the Advisory Committee on Business appointments, and whether any conditions were imposed by the Advisory Committee on either appointment.

To ask the Prime Minister, whether he considers there is any conflict of interest between the hon. Member for Wealden’s position as the Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, and his paid employment as a consultant to Vitol Group.

Guido predicts Hendry will say his work with Vitol has nothing to do with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Though given two of its main oil production interests are in two of the countries Hendry is trade envoy to, there are serious doubts about whether he can continue to do his government job without a conflict of interest arising. Is Hendry asking us to believe his role as trade envoy was not considered at all by Vitol when they decided to part with £60,000 for him to do 18 days’ work?


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  1. 1
    Ah! ha says:

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    Clifford tries out new appendage after discovery on a road in Teesside

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    • 7
      On the rocks says:

      Why is this Tory Trougher stood inside a lighthouse prism?

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      • 20
        Questions of our time says:

        Is the phrase “being paid £60,000-a-year for 18 days work” just a euphemism for “being paid a bung”?

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        • 22
          A Bung says:

          Yes.

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          • SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

            Sometimes we must hold our noses at these things , does anybody believe the French , Germans , Americans or Japanese are so squeamish when it comes to getting these overseas contracts. We must operate in the real world there are no prizes for coming second !

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          • M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

            Americans are just as serious about Anti Bribery & Corruption (ABC as its know these days) as are the British. Indeed more so.

            That is why British companies do so well in the US and with US clients and why, say, the Italians less so.

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          • SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

            The rules are interpreted quite differently in some of the places companies must operate in, doing business in the US or Northern Europe is one thing, but newly independent states on the periphery is another we must be realistic.

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          • M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

            The contracts in these places are normally won from clients who are foreign investors such as American or British oil companies. You don’t grease their palms or you’ll be in deep doodah.

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          • The Public says:

            Whose palms he greases in his privatre life is up to him, his conscience and the criminal law.

            None of this addresses the issue here: why should HM Government’s official trade envoy be a greedy bent bastard? Someone honest should be appointed.

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    • 47
      Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell says:

      Investigate the use of ‘pre’ or, to give it its full title, HTML Preformatted Text. It is enclosed within lesser than and greater than signs. Remember to close them off with the closer: /pre (also enclosed).

      The other thing when starting off a new thread or sub-thread is to avoid the first two lines which get shunted to the right because of the posting number.

      Get rid of all those ridiculous full stop and comma spacers. Practice with the ‘Preview’ control.

      We will make a decent artist out of you yet… even if it is just a piss artist.

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      • 56
        Ah! thanks for the offer says:

        …but it was just a c/p. I have had it a few weeks, waiting for a suitable use.
        Never mind the brush strokes, what about the humour/ lack of?

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        • 60
          Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell says:

          You can take a

          
          
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          to water but you can’t make it fucking drink!

          Philistine! :-)

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      • 59
        A piss artist says:

        You mean more like this?

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  2. 2
    The Public says:

    He probably deludes himself into thinking that this isn’t corrupt. It stinks.

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    • 6
      Barnyard Hogan How? says:

      to high hell

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      • 16
        rick says:

        Our entire political class is now corrupt beyond repair. Shame the average Englishman is too comfy/cowardly to revolt against it.

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      • 18
        Myfanwy says:

        Geedes do you think if Dave manned up and actually reallocated the job to someone else Hendry would lose his nice little earner. Isn’t the unmentionable one involved in those particular countries as an “advisor”.

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  3. 3
    The Public says:

    Trade envoys should put the public interest first and foremost. They should be knowledgeible of business but there should be no conflicts of interest between their task on behalf of their country and any other private arrangements they may have. This gentleman has such conflicts and accordingly is unfit to be a trade envoy.

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    • 4
      Ah! Andrew says:

      I’m free….(well in one sense)

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    • 50
      Wiki says:

      Meet The Mysterious Trading Firms Who Control The Price Of Commodities

      http://businessnews.com.ng/2011/10/31/meet-the-mysterious-trading-firms-who-control-the-price-of-commodities/

      “Welcome to the real world of commodities trading. Home to firms like Vitol and Trafigura, who trade more oil than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela can produce.

      On the world oil markets the name Vitol is as familiar as Exxon is at the petrol pump.

      In public, for a company that turned over almost $200 billion last year trading 5.5 million barrels a day, its profile is nigh on subterranean.

      But earlier this year the world’s wealthiest oil trader raised that profile, and did its reputation no harm, by becoming the first to deal with Libya’s rebels, long before the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

      That helped balance the reputational damage of being fined — along with many other companies — for paying surcharges a decade ago to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi oil ministry during the U.N. oil-for-food program.

      Vitol’s Saddam connection does not seem to have hurt it in Iraq. It became the first company to supply gasoline to the energy ministry after the war in 2003, and now is both a buyer of Iraqi crude and supplier of refined products.”

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  4. 5
    Madness says:

    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/psni-chief-challenged-over-police-involvement-in-anti-british-new-york-parade-1-5942758

    That the English born Chief Constable of a British police force should allow his officers to join an anti-British parade is outrageous.

    Matt Baggott, should be sacked.

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      SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      The PSNI is the brainchild of that walking disaster Patten who had the excellent RUC abolished and replaced with a politicised ‘ service ‘ to pander to the IRA sympathisers, what else can we expect?

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      • 23
        Madness says:

        Oh I expect quite a bit more tokenism from the PSNI……doubtless, given that gay Irish groups were banned from the New York parade, they’ll go all out to participate in the Pride Parade in Belfast.
        Its a Politically correct abomination and excuse for a proper police force.

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        • 64
          SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

          Sadly not too different from the rest of the so called police ‘ services ‘ in the rest of the UK.

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  5. 8
    BBC News Quiz. says:

    Question 1.

    What this week was described as being “a trillionth, of a trillionth of a millimetre”

    a) The size of the Universe at the big bang.
    b) The amount of progress made on HS2.
    c) Max Clifford’s dick.

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  6. 9
    Oh Yes it Is says:

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    • 13
      Blue Peter Goldfish says:

      Maybe I got it wrong, but didn’t 97% of the population of the Crimea vote to become part of the Russian Union?. Yes, they got a referendum.

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      • 39
        Take note Dave says:

        It took Putin less than two weeks to organise an in/out referendum.

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      • 55
        M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

        No, 97% of the population did not vote to become part of the Russian Federation.

        It wasn’t a full turnout by any stretch of the imagination but anyway it is now part of Russia as probably most (but not 97%) want.

        Nothing will change that and most certainly not Barroso’s pathetic finger wagging tweet.

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    • 15
      SIZE 14 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      Does that lisping effeminate little faggot Barroso think Putin gives a flying fuck about what he’s got to say?

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    • 21
      Lord Raglan says:

      How long after WW1 was Crimea annexed by Ukraine?

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    • 28
      Danielle Stevens says:

      What part of the concept of self determination & voting do you not understand you Maoist thug?

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    • 30
      parp says:

      I can’t recall voting for Barroso to speak on my behalf

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    • 42
      Tony Blair says:

      Not so fast José, I’ve got that T shirt. Several times over.

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  7. 10
    Wipe The Slate Clean With A Bullet In Each Head says:

    Well done Guido, now go take down all the other bent fuckers in OUR parliament. I would be willing to bet that not one of our so called honourable members is clean from any sort of dodgy sleaze. Each and every one of them is a self serving scumbag who in years gone by would have been executed for corruption. Can anyone here name a sitting MP who has made a positive difference to either their constituents or their country? Just name me one?

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  8. 14

    Vote UKIP!

    Viva Farage……….viva la revolutione……..Hasta La Victoria siempre UKIP!

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  9. 17
    Michael Gove says:

    So funny watching Nick Clegg on TV. He still thinks he’s a politician .

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  10. 19
    Ed P says:

    Shock horror! An MP has vested interests! Now, how about the other corrupt 650 swine?

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  11. 24
    Ah! Tony says:

    New details about the mass shredding of documents relating to a corruption inquiry in the Metropolitan Police have been uncovered by BBC News.

    It is understood the inquiry produced a “lorry-load” of material and that the shredding took place over two days.

    Mine took 2 weeks.

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  12. 25
    Stella Creasy says:

    Is this as bad as my biscuit scam?

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  13. 29
    Danielle Stevens says:

    Where are the Met?

    If this is not corruption, what does constitute corruption?

    Cases like this show that the Police are merely the poodles of the political elite.

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  14. 33
    Don McLean sings the hits says:

    PIE PIE, Miss NCCL Pie
    Put your hubby
    On a women’s shortlist
    I wish you’d both just die
    And 4 year old boys
    Were plied with whisky and wine
    Screaming “this will be the day that I die”
    “Thanks to the folks at PIE”

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    • 68
      #harrietharmanresign says:

      If it wasn’t such a serious subject I would have given that a +1.

      When will Harriet Harman resign?

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  15. 36
    Dave says:

    Different subject but did anyone catch fucking Ali babaar brown on Wright Stuff this morning? fucking bitch.

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    • 43
      Trashbin Alibi Clown says:

      Say what you mean, don’t sit on the fence.

      Agree totally, though.

      On 25 August 2008, she appeared on Five’s The Wright Stuff discussion programme. In a discussion about an employment issue relating to white men, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said: “Take his advice. Don’t apply. It would be great if you lot just went away; white, middle class men. We’d just walk in wouldn’t we.” When challenged by the host for the day, Richard Bacon, “Is that not a racist comment?” she replied: “Of course”.

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      • 75
        Dave says:

        Thank you, thought it was just me today,I was watching her while on a train going to work ,could feel the anger building and switched to some porn instead.

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      • 76
        cured lefty says:

        Calls herself british effin mouthy muslim lmport ex phaki ex uganda booted out by amin washes up here if she dont like us why not fuck off home

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  16. 38
    Did you know... says:

    Vitol Group sound like a thoroughly reputable company…

    “In 1995, Vitol secretly supplied Slobodan Milošević’s government with oil.
    Vitol was the company to organise the first, controversial, sale of Libyan rebel oil to Tesoro Corporation in early April 2011.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitol#Operations

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    • 49
      Vlad the Loudhailer says:

      UKIP should put recall of MPs, same sizes constituencies,reduce HoC to 250 MPs, ban postal voting and prosecute all MPs that are fiddling expenses in their GE manifesto. That would give the electorate something’s to vote for.

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      • 83
        Just a passing peasant says:

        You forgot about closing the lying biased BBC down, something that should figure quite high on the list.

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  17. 40
    Licence to Grill says:

    A proposal to end the criminal offence of failing to buy a TV licence is being considered for inclusion in a bill before Parliament.

    It comes after Tory MP Andrew Bridgen’s suggestion to make non-payment a civil matter gained the support of 143 MPs.

    Ministers had said they wanted to defer a decision until BBC charter renewal talks in 2016 – but they could seek to gain the power to change the law now.

    The BBC has said it fears a change may lead to more people failing to pay.

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    • 53
      David Cameron says:

      “But the BBC is the LibLabCon EU propaganda machine.

      I will get the whips to kick this into the long grass.

      Get the little black books out boys…I will black-mail all the p@edos and shirt lifters in the House to come round to my way of thinking!”

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    • 62
      Dave's Fags says:

      What a spiffing idea, PM!

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    • 84
      Just a passing peasant says:

      Excellent. The more people fail to pay, the quicker this rancid organisation and our corrupt MPs will get the message.

      Just don’t pay. Ignore them when they send those idiot letters or some goon in a hat knocks on your door.

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  18. 44
    Ah! count the number of times the Crimea has changed hands says:

    Only interesting to come out of the Express in living memory

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/465382/WATCH-Crimea-is-just-the-latest-change-in-850-years-of-Europe-s-moving-borders

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  19. 58
    Ed Bollocks says:

    I’ve been re-programmed. When you switch me on, I no longer say “too far too fast”. I now keep repeating ” too little too late”. How clever is that?

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  20. 67
    Village Idiot says:

    …A report says,that immigration has and is costing this country dear…Why do the politicians lie constantly by saying we have benefitted from immigration when the evidence seen in the country,says otherwise?…..For what reason would they(mps) continue this damaging,blatent fib?….Why do they not care about the effects this has on society?…..I ask similarly,Why are many mps so in thrall of the failed,corrupt,rapidly disintergrating EU,that is like a noose around the throat of Britain?….(I know the jobs angle)…But ,do we not elect politicians to do what is right for the country?…A plague on all your houses!

    ….”I am one,(my liege)whom the vile blows and buffets of the world,have so incens’d, that I am reckless what I do to spite the world!!!!!!!!

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  21. 70
    Ah! another tear-off calendar quote for G to retweet says:

    Dalai Lama ‏@DalaiLama 1h
    Concern for others is not just a matter of religious practice; it’s a practical step towards creating a happy society.

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  22. 74
    Taxfodder says:

    What a hoot!

    As the EU parliament is doing all the lawmaking its easy to see how those that occasionally sit in parliament have so much time on their hands….

    Indeed if we are “all in it together”as that gormless article Osblighter trumpets, perhaps he would like to send Mr Charlie Hendry around next Thursday to mow my lawn he clearly needs something slightly more challenging than Parliament has to offer.

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  23. 77
    Anonymous says:

    “Labour Demand Answers Over Conflicted No. 10 Trade Envoy”
    Once one has come to grips with the concept of political parties being wholly owned subsidiaries of parent companies, all the rest falls neatly into place. Such as the proposed GM (where gatekeeper patents have no expiry date) facilitator, NICE. Neutralizing Impediments to Corporate Excess? Gangland style.

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  24. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Ah Vitol, friend of war criminals – Arkan in Yugoslavia, they bunged him a fortune

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