Bogus Barwell’s donors include exiled oligarch and NHS seller

Barwell campaign badgeHaving flagged up Bogus Barwell, the millionaire developers’ best mate, news reaches us of the donors who have contributed thousands of pounds to his “Don’t Mention the Tories” campaign to hang on to his parliamentary seat in Croydon Central.

These include one shadowy figure who is employed to make the selling off of our NHS to private profiteers more “palatable”, and a former Russian oligarch who has spent a decade in exile to escape being tried on fraud charges.

On top of that, there’s a juicy £5,000 contributed to Barwell’s constituency party by his Conservative colleagues on Croydon Council – that’s money from our Council Tax that was paid to the Tory councillors in allowances, and which has been funnelled straight into the campaign coffers.

That could include money from Mike #WadGate Fisher, the Croydon Tories’ leader who was forced to stand down last year when he was caught awarding himself a secret £12,000 allowances bonus from public funds

There is no one, it seems, that Barwell will not accept money from in order to buy his way to saving his political skin.

Our loyal reader flagged up the generous gift of £5,000 from a company called Offshore Newcastle Group Ltd.

Offshore Newcastle Group's £5,000 donation to Barwel's fighting fund: what will they want in return?

Offshore Newcastle Group’s £5,000 donation to Barwell’s fighting fund: what will they want in return?

Why would an oil exploration company based in the north-east be interested in supporting an erstwhile MP for suburban south London? What might they expect in return?

It turns out that one of the men behind Offshore Newcastle Group is Alexander Temerko, who was one of the billionaire oligarchs running Russia at the turn of the century, or at least until he became too rich and influential for the liking of Vladimir Putin.

Alexander Temerkop with another of his Tory chums, Boris "part-time mayor" Johnson

Alexander Temerko with another of his Tory chums, Boris “part-time mayor” Johnson

Ukrainian-born, Temerko is now a British citizen who lives in exile in central London. Until 2005, he was a senior figure in the Russian company Yukos. The circumstances of Yukos’s collapse provoked international censure. Temerko was alleged to have defrauded the state-owned Rosneft oil firm and was charged with fraud and perverting the course of justice. 

The Russian government failed to have Temerko extradited from the United Kingdom to stand trial. An English court ruled that the Russian prosecution was “made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing him for his political opinions”.

Another of Barwell’s backers, as declared and available on the splendid TheyWorkForYou (if only that were true) website is a public relations and campaigns expert called Mark Fulbrook, who works cheek-by-jowl with the notorious Australian spin doctor, Lynton Crosby.

Barwell donor Mark Fullbrook: what will he expect in return for his £5,000?

Barwell donor Mark Fullbrook: what will he expect in return for his £5,000?

When not working on Cameron’s Conservatives’ election campaign, Fullbrook and Crosby have been lobbying hard to expand the role of private healthcare.

The Independent reports today that Crosby and Fullbrook’s firm “… proposed targeting key government figures, including the Prime Minister, to enhance the ‘size, acceptability and profitability of the private healthcare market’. It also stated that ‘insufficient public funds’ were a strategic ‘opportunity’ for private healthcare firms. It added the campaign’s long-term strategy should be ‘achieving decision-maker recognition that health investment in the UK can only grow by expanding the role and contribution made by the private sector’.”

Selling off slabs of the NHS to private profiteers is a hot topic at this election.

Given Fullbrook’s interest in encouraging this to happen, it ought to make you question why he has lobbed five-grand into Bogus Barwell’s campaign fund. But at least we now know that Barwell’s priorities if re-elected will be millionaire property developers, exiled Russian oligarchs and the people who are trying to sell-off our NHS.

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2 Responses to Bogus Barwell’s donors include exiled oligarch and NHS seller

  1. How much did the Labour councillors donate o their party? Please can you provide those details. It is of course our tax payers money.

    Every councillor is expected to contribute about £500 from their allowance to their party whether Labour or Conservative.

    If they don’t contribute then they will not get selected the next time. It is just simple as that.

    The flip flops do the same.

    • Think Inside Croydon was the first to report the “political levy” paid by Labour councillors to party funds.

      It remains Council Tax-subisidised political activity, and we think it is wrong. It advantages the duopoly which control the Town Hall, to the disdvantage of all other political parties. It is also used as a means to control elected councillors within their party whip.

      But don’t remember anyone from Labour secretly paying themselves a few thous extra, like florid-faced Mike #WadGate Fisher did. How much of that cash went to bank-roll the Barwell campaign?

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