Going for a song? Tory candidate’s Riesco connections

This is obviously just a coincidence.

Going for a song: Robert Jenrick

Christie’s man: Robert Jenrick

It has emerged, more slowly than the other names reported by Inside Croydon this morning, that a 15th name on the long list for selection to become the Conservatives’ candidate in Croydon South at the next parliamentary election is Robert Jenrick.

Jenrick, apparently, “has a strong interest in heritage and conservation”, as befits someone who works as the international business director at West End auction house Christie’s.

Christie’s, of course, is the auction house chosen by Conservative-run Croydon Council to auction off 24 of the most valuable pieces of Ming china from the borough’s Riesco Collection.

That’s the same Riesco Collection over which our council, including senior Tory councillors Steve O’Connell, “Cuddly” Dudley Mead and Tim Pollard, is facing a Judicial Review for failing to follow its own policies over the decision to sell.

And Christie’s is looking to conduct the sale later this month in Hong Kong, presumably as a piece of international business.

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5 Responses to Going for a song? Tory candidate’s Riesco connections

  1. Are there tax benefits to holding the auction in Hong Kong?

    • “Benefits”? To whom? Not to the national exchequer.

      The main advantage of staging the sale in Hong Kong, though, will be access to the chequebooks of China’s nouveau riche, and their keen appetite for acquiring pieces of their country’s history.

      • I assumed there would be some tax benefit for not doing it in the UK, when it comes to the rich and their play things it kinda doesn’t matter, since they just send their minions anyway.

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