Left or centre? NHS or arms sales? New definitions

Our MP frequently visits the Middle East at the same time as our arms salesmen in his capacity as Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council.

Indeed, in South America, when he was a Minister, he was alleged to have been an arms dealer himself:


Here he talks about his attitude towards selling arms to Saudi Arabia:


“… Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account the precise nature of the equipment and the identity and track record of the recipient. The Government has consistently said it does not, and will not, issue licences where it judges that the proposed export would provoke or prolong internal conflicts, or where there is a clear risk it might be used to facilitate internal repression or be used aggressively against another country. I have always fully supported this stance.

Saudi Arabia has publicly stated that it is investigating reports of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law. This is an important process and the UK is fully behind thorough investigations into all allegations of violations of International Law. Finding a political solution to the conflict in Yemen is the best way to bring long-term stability and peace talks are a top priority.”

and a couple of other articles for balance:


“Since the conflict began two years ago in March 2015, the US and UK have together transferred more than US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia which is leading the military coalition in Yemen. This is more than 10 times the estimated US$450 million that the US State Department and the UK’s Department for International Development have spent or budgeted to spend in aid to Yemen over the past two years. …

Weapons supplied in the past by states such as the UK and USA have been used to commit gross violations and helped to precipitate a humanitarian catastrophe. These governments have continued to authorize such arms transfers at the same time as providing aid to alleviate the very crisis they have helped to create. Yemeni civilians continue to pay the price of these brazenly hypocritical arms supplies.” …”


“… Conservatives are being pushed to make public a report, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, that investigates whether Saudi Arabia funds terrorist groups. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the report was confidential, and Ms Rudd said the report was “never meant to be seen”.”

BBC Devon live website 13.13 hrs

“The health and social care system is under “unprecedented pressure” according to the councillor responsible for adult social care in Cornwall.

Rob Rotchell was responding to figures which show a flagship government scheme to help cut bed-blocking in Cornwall isn’t working.

The Better Care fund was introduced in 2013 to free up hospital beds, but according to the latest figures from Cornwall Council, the number of days where patients had to stay in hospital because there was no onward care rose by 35% despite a target to reduce it by 10%.

Mr Rotchell says the challenge is great, with the demand greater in Cornwall because of its ageing demographic.

“The number of older people who are living longer and needing our services is getting greater every single year,” he said.”

EDDC is checking data from the Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme

Local authorities are allowed access to data on the Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes – the DCLG may disclose details of Deposit Protection Service activities to regulators, industry bodies and other organisations for the purposes of fraud prevention, money laundering prevention and where there are concerns over activities.

These other organisations are required to protect personal information on behalf of DCLG and cannot use personal information for purposes unconnected with The Deposit Protection Service.

The information is usually used to check that landlords and agents have protected deposits properly and that they also appear on the respective Landlord Registers.

“Measures within the Housing and Planning Act 2016 allow local housing authorities in England to access information held by the Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) schemes. Local Housing Authorities must only use the data:

1. For a purpose connected with the exercise of their functions under Parts 1-4 of the Housing Act 2004 in relation to any premises (in general improving housing conditions, licencing of Houses in Multiple Occupation, selective licencing of other accommodation and management orders); and

2. For the purpose of investigating whether an offence has been committed under any of those Parts in relation to any premises.

Local Housing Authorities are not required to access the information provided by the TDP schemes. It is up to individual authorities to decide whether to access and use the information or not, depending on local circumstances and other data sources available to them.

A list of local Housing Authorities in England who are known to have applied to the schemes for access to the information in the first quarter of 2017 is shown below. …”


[EDDC is named as one of the organisations which accesses this information.]