Swire gets £5000 per month from “other earnings” including £3000/month for 8 hours work being an adviser to a French photo booth manufacturer

“Swire, Sir Hugo (East Devon)

1. Employment and earnings

From 9 November 2016, Adviser to KIS France, a manufacturer of photo booths and mini labs. Address: 7 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 38130 Echirolles, France. I expect to be paid £3,000 every month until further notice. Hours: 8 hrs per month. I consulted ACoBA about this appointment. (Registered 16 November 2016)

From 15 November 2016, Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. Address: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. I expect to be paid £2,000 every month until further notice. Hours: 10 hrs per month. I consulted ACoBA about this appointment. (Registered 16 November 2016)

4. Visits outside the UK

Name of donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bahrain Address of donor: P.O. Box 547, Government Road, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Flights, accommodation, food and transport with a total value of £3,550 Destination of visit: Bahrain
Dates of visit: 8-12 December 2016
Purpose of visit: Attendance at the IISS Manama Dialogue
(Registered 23 December 2016)

Name of donor: (1) Professor Magdy Ishak; (2) Egyptian Ministry of Foreign
Address of donor: (1) private; (2) Nile Corniche, Boulaq, Cairo Governate, Egypt
Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): (1) Flights to a value of £1,386; (2) accommodation, food and transport to a value of £596
Destination of visit: Egypt
Dates of visit: 16-20 March 2017
Purpose of visit: Parliamentary fact finding.
(Registered 03 April 2017)”

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“Tesco to save £105m in business rates after property revaluation”

“Tesco will see the business rates bill for its biggest stores fall by £105m over the next five years, highlighting another anomaly created by the controversial tax.

Earlier this year, the government came under pressure to take action on business rates after a revaluation of property in Britain hit independent shopkeepers hard in parts of the country where property prices had surged.

In Southwold, the coastal town’s property boom forced rateable values up by 152%, with some shop owner’s saying the hike threatened the viability of their business. Meanwhile, it emerged that online retailers such as Amazon, Shop Direct and Asos were enjoying tax cuts after the bills for their distribution centres declined.

MPs on the communities and local government committee will question the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, about the revaluation on Wednesday. Javid has already promised to “level the playing field” between online retailers and high street shops, and the committee chairman, Clive Betts, said he would press for a timetable for a review.

“There is a fundamental problem in the way valuations for business rates are done and that needs to be looked at,” said Betts. “High street shops seem to pay more than a similar unit out-of-town. That doesn’t feel right when there is a public and political view that high streets need some form of protection. There’s also an imbalance between property-based businesses and online sellers”

The Tesco store analysis by the business rates specialists CVS calculated that the bill for its largest stores in England and Wales would fall by £13m this year alone, from £450m to £437m.

“Over the next five years, allowing for transitional relief which limits how quickly bills can rise and fall … CVS projects Tesco will save £105.32m in rates under the revaluation for its largest stores,” said its chief executive, Mark Rigby. “In comparison, across England and Wales small shops have seen their rateable values, used to determine bills, increase by 8.5% whilst pubs have seen a 14.36% hike.

Tesco has 3,400 UK stores. The CVS figures is based on official data on its 563 largest shops, which are classed as superstores. The analysis estimates that the supermarket’s rateable value has fallen by 8.6% to £825.78m compared with 2010. It follows a 2015 writedown of the value Tesco’s property portfolio by £4.7bn.

Tesco said the 2017 revaluation would not alter its status as one of the UK’s largest ratepayers and called for urgent reform of the system, which many business leaders agree is not fit for purpose.

“Tesco is one of the UK’s largest ratepayers, paying almost £700m in rates in 2016-2017, and the 2017 revaluation will not alter that trend,” said a spokesman. “Tesco has a significant physical presence across high streets and town centres, and fixed costs such as business rates are placing huge pressure on our operations. The current rates system is unsustainable and needs urgent reform.”


Every flat in new London estate ‘has been sold to foreign investors”

“Controversially sold off by Southwark Council, the estate once homed 3000 people before being knocked down in 2011.

Now part of the regenerated estate, South Gardens in Elephant Park is said to have sold 51 properties all to overseas investors.

The company developing it, Lend Lease, began selling their properties abroad in Singapore before a single flat was available to British buyers.

Southwark Council spent £44m clearing people from the estate and will be given just £50m from Lend Lease.

It had been valued at more than £100m that figure.

It was revealed that just 82 of the new flats would be sold at an affordable rate, with the average value £790,000 to £1,500,000.

Every flat in new London estate ‘has been sold to foreign investors’

“The big NHS sell-off”

“A ‘business-case’ for the NHS has now been set, and its the biggest NHS Sell-Off event Ever!

If anyone is in any doubt as to the sheer scale of the privatisation of our NHS, look no further than the Health and Care Conference announced for June.

The conference 28-29 June 2017 at ExCeL London, brings together all STP leads, health trust and CCG chief executives and other delegates from the private sector claims the event is” Europe’s largest integrated health and social care event, building relationships between commissioners, providers and suppliers”.


The objective of the expo conference is to accelerate ‘Transformation’ of the NHS by introducing delegates to hundreds of private healthcare sector companies along with other STP leads.

To anyone wishing to retain a universal healthcare system, the Health and Care conference is a shameful collection of people openly betraying the principles of the NHS. Such events would have been taboo 20 years ago, but now the SALE OF OUR NHS is openly broadcast and in public. There’s even a ‘transformation’ awards event for those who so far have managed to cut NHS services and transform them in line with private healthcare sector values.

It’s a no holds barred event with Labour and Lib Dem politicians thrown in for good measure…

Here’s a brief list of those hosting some of the events with many sessions openly ‘sponsored’ by private companies..

Opening and Welcome to Health+Care 2017
Chair: Dame Ruth Carnall,
Managing Partner, Carnall Farar Ltd [and lead officer for Devon CCG]
Cross-Party Debate: NHS and Social Care Funding – is it time to ask the public?
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Health

And another Labour Peer…
■ Delivering the £5bn operational productivity challenge
Patrick Carter, Lord Carter of Coles, founded Westminster Health Care Ltd in1985 which he built into a leading health care provider which he sold in 1999. The Labour peer is a private investor and director of public and private companies in the fields of insurance, healthcare and information technology.

Local Authority Trading Company – The benefits and opportunities and challenges
Alison Waller, Managing Director, Tricuro Limited

■ Improving quality with creative leadership
Chris Gage, Managing Director, Ladder to the Moon
Dr Al Mulley, Managing Director for Global HealthCare Delivery Science, The Dartmouth Institute

Dr Rupert Dunbar-Rees, Founder and CEO, Outcomes Based Healthcare [research company]

Antony Tiernan, Director of Engagement and Communication, New Care Models Programme – Five Year Forward View

James Sanderson, Director of Personalisation and Choice, NHS England

Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director, NHS England

Professor Matthew Cripps, National Director, NHS RightCare

Jacob West, National Care Model Lead – Acute Care Collaboration and Primary and Acute Care
Systems (PACS), New Care Models Programme

The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation and former Secretary of State for Health

Matthew Swindells, National Director: Operations and Information, NHS England

GP Regulation: Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, CQC

Challenges facing the NHS provider sector: Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers

Dominique Kent, Chief Operating Officer, The Good Care Group Ltd”


East Devon MP Parish promises to fight for Cumbria’s food and drink

So now BOTH our MPs are constantly out of our constituency: one (Swire) swanning around the Middle East and one (Parish) desperately crossing the country trying to reassure farmers all will be well post-Brexit. Oh, and he also lives outside the constituency – just like Swire. Oh, lucky East Devon.

“A HIGH-ranking government official heard just vital farming and the food and drinks industry were to the county’s economy.

And a pledge that Cumbria’s twin breadwinners would not be left behind post-Brexit was made to a round-table discussion in Carlisle involving local farmers and members of the agri-business industry.

As chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee, Neil Parish said he would now be fighting tooth and nail to get the best possible settlement for Cumbria’s and Britain’s agricultural and food and drink industries in the Brexit negotiations.

The meeting, held in the Boardroom at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Rosehill, was instigated by Carlisle MP, John Stevenson.

Afterwards, Mr Parish said the EU was a vital market for British agriculture and food and drink exports.

And, he added, farming was the bedroom (SIC!) of the UK’s food and drink industry, worth £108 billion to the economy and providing jobs for 3.9 million people.