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Government Whitewashing Gummer’s £600,000 Green Scandal

February 17, 2019

By Paul Homewood

The inevitable cover up has begun, as Guido reports:



Lord Deben’s scandalous £600,000 conflicts of interests over vast payments funnelled to his firm, Sancroft International, from ‘Green’ corporations continues to be swept under the rug. Conor Burns submitted a written question earlier this week over Deben’s conflicts of interests, receiving a vapid response back from Energy Minister Claire Perry:

“The Chair of the Committee on Climate Change declared his interests with Sancroft International as part of his appointment process in 2012.

“We have received assurances from the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change on their processes for managing potential conflicts of interests. These include a clear policy on conflicts of interests, publication of members’ interests, and actively inviting information on actual or perceived conflicts as the first agenda item at each Committee meeting.”

Perry has not done her homework – what Deben actually told MPs during his Pre-Appointment Hearing in 2012 was that:

“almost everything that it does has no connection with the Committee on Climate Change, but there was one thing that I felt we ought to disengage from, and I said that.”

Self-evidently Deben was not telling the whole truth given that £600,000 has now found its way to his company from big green businesses that Deben uses his powerful position as Climate Change Committee Chair to persistently lobby for handouts of vast sums of taxpayers’ cash to.

Cursory research reveals that Deben appears to have failed to declare his Sancroft interest more than 15 times in the House of Lords. Guido hears that Tory whips have been discouraging MPs from making a fuss about it, despite the fact that the Commissioner for Standards in the House of Lords has opened a formal inquiry into Deben’s behaviour. Why is the Government trying to cover up for him?

  1. Graeme No.3 permalink
    February 17, 2019 11:36 pm

    “Why is the government covering up?”
    SIMPLE they don’t want people asking about other payments to other members.

    • golf charlie permalink
      February 17, 2019 11:55 pm

      Some Northern Ireland MPs have deep Green lined pockets too

    • George Lawson permalink
      February 18, 2019 9:51 am

      Absolutely. Why has Gove, who himself has been caught with his hands in the till with his expenses, not made any statement on this disgraceful business. The enquiry should be taken out of the hands of government officials and dealt with by a private body (the police) who have not got skeletons in the cupboard to hide. It seems that now that any financial rule- breaking is uncovered in either house it will be covered up by their own kind. Sadly the time is past when we could rely on thorough open investigations on these matters within government. Finally, keep an eye on those who want to cover up malfeasance and those who do not wish to speak out against it!

  2. Athelstan. permalink
    February 17, 2019 11:53 pm

    pot calls kettle?

    the poachers and gamekeepers run the BEIS,

    erm the whole sorry lot of ’em HMG are on the take and the green lobby/UK establishment/EU are very generous paymasters:

    it all comes from the consumer/taxpayers and we are the mugs being mugged everyday.

  3. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 18, 2019 12:02 am

    If Deben were to be ousted it would of course tarnish the work of his Climate Change Committee, and perhaps cause some other questions to be asked. The whole green edifice would come tumbling down. Corporate involvement would also be exposed. Harrabin would have conniptions over reporting it.

  4. Geoffb permalink
    February 18, 2019 6:19 am

    same as happened with Dieter Helm’s report and the NAO report on smart meter fiasco.

  5. tom0mason permalink
    February 18, 2019 7:07 am

    Just shows that wind power can not survive by merit alone but requires powerful political influences to keep it running.

  6. February 18, 2019 7:20 am

    “Why is the government covering up?” Corruption runs very deep in Westminster (just as in Brussels). Big fat salaries, big fat pensions, big fat expenses anyone?

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      February 18, 2019 11:33 am

      “The Force (of money) is strong with this one,”

      Or alternatively:

      “These are not the backhanders you are looking for.”

  7. Jules permalink
    February 18, 2019 8:03 am

    Now theres a surprise.

  8. Ian Wilson permalink
    February 18, 2019 8:04 am

    Newspaper reports quote Claire Perry as encouraging schoolchildren to take part in the ‘climate strikes’. Isn’t it an offence to incite truancy? Parents are penalised for taking children out of school but I’ll bet Claire Perry won’t be prosecuted nor will she be removed from her job.

  9. February 18, 2019 9:00 am

    It took the threat from UKIP to force the Tories into holding the 2016 EU referendum, a proper Conservative political force is probably the only way that the “Green C**p” is going to get challenged, though the deep state is doing its best to throttle any such threat.

    Some good may eventually come out of so-called Brexit.

  10. Derek Buxton permalink
    February 18, 2019 10:13 am

    But where are we going to get a “Proper Conservative political force”, there are none in the current House of clowns!

    • February 18, 2019 12:42 pm

      It will spring to life if the UK participates in the next elections to the EU Parliament, otherwise it will emerge more slowly as people realise that the UK is destined to be a colony of the EU.

  11. Nick permalink
    February 18, 2019 10:48 am

    What a scoop it would be for Roger Harrabin to do some investigative journalism, and hold people to account!


    • February 18, 2019 11:15 am

      Has the BBC ‘discovered’ the Gummer/Deben fuss yet? 😆

      • Gerry, England permalink
        February 18, 2019 1:50 pm

        Probably like the Cheriegate flats saga – all over everywhere except for the BBC and its paper, The Guardian.

  12. Athelstan. permalink
    February 18, 2019 11:43 am

    oh and the other thing, claire perry is a quite bonkers soaked wet entitlement champagne Marxist and totally thru and thru green stormtrooper and chosen for the executive precisely for that excuse.

  13. Gerry, England permalink
    February 18, 2019 2:00 pm

    Close to topic – FlyBMI becomes the first Brexit casualty for a reason that you won’t find in the legacy media. Emissions Trading Scheme. This is the ponzi-like scam over carbon credits which pays a lot of cash to airlines and with the screwed up Brexit situation, the EU have excluded the UK from the scheme in 1 January given the uncertainty. In a competitive market with excess seats, the loss of the ETS cash was more than they could take.

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