Donor Gives Priti Patel £100,000, Neil Coyle’s Awkward Donor

Stories arising from updates to the MPs’ Register of Interests are like catching a bus: you wait for one and a couple come along at once. Scrolling through today’s updates there are some eyebrow-raising entries: for example, Chris Bryant has received £7,600 for the rights to make a television series based on his book. The book in question isn’t listed, though Guido would be surprised if it’s not The Glamour Boys, about a group of young, gay MPs who helped fight Hitler…

Former Labour chief whip Nick Brown has also registered his departure as a non-executive director of the Mariinksky Theatre Trust – an arts body with links to Russia – though this was less his decision and more a result of the trust closing down just shy of its 30-year birthday following the invasion of Ukraine.

Guido couldn’t help laughing at Neil Coyle’s registering of £3,000-worth of support from the Refugee, Asylum and Migration Policy Project (RAMP), in the form of a policy advisor for 2.5 days per week from January to February this year. According to RAMP’s website they are focused on “re-imagining a world-class migration system for a successful and integrated Britain”. They’re now donating services to an MP suspended by the Labour Party for allegedly making racially charged remarks about a journalist of Asian origin…

The jaw-dropper this month is undoubtedly Priti Patel, who totally puts to shame Geoffrey Cox’s high earnings. She’s just registered a whopping £100,000 donation from Anduyrand Capital Management, “a private fund management company in fundamental commodity strategies with a specialisation in the oil and energy complex.”

Drinks on Priti…

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Ed Davey’s High-Flying Hypocrisy Over Truss’s Aussie Flight

As Ed Davey joins the ranks on Twitter attacking Liz Truss for flying on a private plane – apparently she’s “woefully out of touch” – Guido reminds eco-Davey to check his own baggage before getting too excited. As Guido reported back in 2020, Davey has pocketed thousands from a couple who make their money from renting out 23,000 private jet flights a year. In 2020 alone, Chris and Tina Leach, owners of the private jet rental company Air Charter, put £16,500 into Davey’s coffers ahead of his leadership campaign. 

In fact, he’s been taking their cash since as far back as 2013. Guido hopes this’ll crash land Ed back down to reality…

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Sacked Minister Immediately Touts for Consultancies & Directorships

While most recently-sacked ministers have stepped away from the limelight to lick their wounds, former FCDO Africa minister James Duddridge is taking a more novel approach. He’s brazenly posted on LinkedIn that he’s “keen to stay connect [sic] with the continent” and has offered himself up for “some part time / non exec or consultancy roles”:

Given he is the former Minister for Africa, and brazenly asking for consultancy opportunities on the continent, Guido imagines ACoBA may have a thing or two to say about his hasty side-hustle proposals. Guido will be keeping a keen eye on James’s register of interests…

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