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Lord Deben in conflict of interest row over his green clients — yet again

February 13, 2023

By Paul Homewood



From the Telegraph:


One of the Government’s leading Net Zero advisers is facing questions over whether he correctly declared his interests after it emerged that his company advised a firm specialising in clean energy projects.
Lord Deben, who chairs the climate change committee (CCC), is also the chairman of a consultancy that has worked with an investment firm responsible for financing “environmental infrastructure markets”.
The CCC is a statutory body advising the Government on greenhouse gas emissions targets. In 2019, it recommended that ministers adopt a target for Net Zero greenhouse gases by 2050.
Lord Deben founded and chairs Sancroft, which bills itself as an “international sustainability consultancy”.
Last month, Sancroft posted an online job advertisement for a “sustainability/ESG (environmental, social and governance) senior analyst or analyst”. The job advert listed a number of “recent clients” of Sancroft, including a company called Sustainable Development Capital.
According to Sustainable Development Capital LLP’s website, it is a “specialist investment firm” with a “proven track record of financing and developing clean energy, energy efficiency and decentralised energy infrastructure projects”, including in the UK.
“SDCL was launched to facilitate investment into environmental infrastructure markets,” the site says. “It has always focused on investing in projects that are good for the environment, good for people and commercially sustainable. Indeed, it has always said that ‘if it is not commercial, it is not sustainable’”.
However, Sancroft’s role advising the firm is not listed in Lord Deben’s House of Lords register of interest. This register does include other clients of Sancroft, noting that the firm has been “asked by Bain & Company (management consultants) to work with them in advising the Qatari government on their sustainability programme”.
It also notes that Sancroft has advised “Greencoat Capital Ltd on sustainability”. The company, now known as Schroders Greencoat, is a “specialist manager dedicated to the renewable energy infrastructure sector”.
There is also no reference to Sustainable Development Capital in the CCC’s latest register of interests for the 2022-23 financial year, although the register once again mentions the fact that Sancroft has worked with Greencoat Capital.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Graham Stringer, a Labour MP who sits on the Commons science and technology select committee, said Lord Deben should urgently make sure he had correctly registered his interests.
He said: “Politicians, particularly Lords, have got a bad name at the moment, and people who don’t declare their interests are undermining trust in politics.”
Marcus Fysh, a Conservative MP, said: “It’s important to be transparent about these matters. I think it’s a risk that there is the perception of a bias if this stuff is not declared.”
Mr Stringer claimed Lord Deben had “proved resistant about declaring his interests at different bodies” in the past.
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  1. John Hultquist permalink
    February 13, 2023 5:36 pm

    The Lord of the bible would be appalled at the “Lords” of the UK!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 13, 2023 6:48 pm

      If only he would come and purge the temple of moneychangers.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        February 13, 2023 6:58 pm


    • February 14, 2023 10:43 am

      He wouldn’t be the only one since the moron Tony BLiar destroyed the perfectly good hereditary system and turned it into a home for 3rd rate failed politicians like that creep Tom Watson.

  2. February 13, 2023 5:44 pm

    This man’s company advises investors what to invest in while recommending to to parliament the legislation they should pass to make large regressive profits for those investors, from the businesses established by insiders to harvest green subsides we are forced to pay by their laws, and which their rich clients can invest before the opporitunities are made public, if they ever are. Think PPE on sterpids, neatly £100Billion topped into the troughs and pockets of these people every yar, for no benefit to those who have these susbidies added to their bills by Gummer’s laws. What could possibly go wrong..

    All the usual rackets, CCS, Hydrogen, Wind, solar, waste treatment, batteries etc. are a fraud on the facts of rhe best way to create cheap and affordable energy delivery, imposed by government to profit their cronies. Legalised crime. Just in case anyone had not figured this out themselves.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      February 13, 2023 9:24 pm

      Insider trading squared!

  3. Andy permalink
    February 13, 2023 5:48 pm

    Deben has been investigated before and found ‘innocent’. However, the investigating panel were members of his CC Committee! Same will happen again. He will get away with it.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    February 13, 2023 5:49 pm

    Trougher Yeo has a worthy competitor.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      February 13, 2023 6:39 pm

      Yeo is not in the same league!

  5. Mad Mike permalink
    February 13, 2023 5:52 pm

    Follow the money as always. I don’t suppose anybody here is surprised at the news although why it has taken so long for the MSM to cotton on is a bit of a surprise.

    • February 14, 2023 10:45 am

      Not really – the legacy media have been useless for years through incompetence and now with the addition of censorship.

  6. GeoffB permalink
    February 13, 2023 6:06 pm

    He has got away with it in the past, he will get away again. They advertised his CCC job a few months ago, so he must be stepping down!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 13, 2023 7:01 pm

      Any bets on who would replace him?

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        February 13, 2023 10:08 pm

        He seems to be keeping it warm for someone…

        Chris Skidmore?

      • David permalink
        February 14, 2023 7:27 am


  7. February 13, 2023 6:08 pm

    Is it not called corruption?

    • February 13, 2023 7:05 pm

      No, its called “rot”… “My feelings dictate my opinions which are sacrosanct because I chair an influential committee – it is all “settled” “

  8. Gamecock permalink
    February 13, 2023 6:13 pm

    ‘undermining trust in politics’

    Well, there is an upside.

    • Sean permalink
      February 13, 2023 7:29 pm

      Although that statement presumes that there is trust to undermine… Can you have negative trust?

  9. 2hmp permalink
    February 13, 2023 6:19 pm

    Why a pig ? – surely mad cow disease could explain his irrationality

    • Douglas Dragonfly permalink
      February 13, 2023 6:49 pm

      Fair point – but ever since the mad cow disease I’ve always thought of him as scum.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      February 14, 2023 1:25 am

      Because he has a snout and it’s in a number of troughs.

  10. robertliddell1 permalink
    February 13, 2023 6:49 pm

    Doesn’t seem to matter, though, does it?

  11. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 13, 2023 6:57 pm

    I could put up with the man enriching himself (though not at my expense – spit) but I can’t, ever, never, forgive the man for reducing this country to the state it is in when it comes to energy needs. If not for him we could have been energy-independent at a very affordable rate. For that, there is no forgiveness, especially so for a man who makes a big thing of being a devout Catholic.

    • February 13, 2023 7:06 pm

      “devout” ……I think that irrational behaviour is the root of his delusion.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      February 13, 2023 7:48 pm

      “devout Catholic.”…..Club Of Rome?

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 13, 2023 7:22 pm

    Why is he still there at all?

    He has more than overstayed his welcome.

  13. February 13, 2023 7:43 pm

    Big socialist government, such as we have had all this century, has to be corrupt.

  14. Mark Hodgson permalink
    February 13, 2023 8:10 pm

    I cannot understand (no that’s not true, I can understand – it’s because it suits them) why it is deemed OK for politicians and other public figures to have a conflict of interest. Of course, non-disclosure of a conflict should be a no-no, but why is a conflict OK just because it’s disclosed for all to see? Anyone in a public position, paid for by the UK taxpayer, should have no conceivable conflict of interest, end of story.

  15. deejaym permalink
    February 13, 2023 8:47 pm

    We, in the UK, have a long standing tradition – whenever people are accused of a crime – that they are adjudged innocent before being found guilty.

    My Noble Lord GumGum however ( & he’s not unique in this, amongst the political class) has form about disguising his pecuniary interests & personal benefits whenever legislation he promotes becomes law of the land.

    There is a time – fast approaching – when the innocent before being proven guilty schtick must be set aside for those in the political classes.

  16. Philip Mulholland permalink
    February 14, 2023 12:24 am

    Parasitism is a disease not a life style choice.

  17. liardetg permalink
    February 14, 2023 7:44 am

    And what about Baroness Brown exposed here as a non exec director of Oersted Energy etc etc and other ‘renewable’ agencies?

  18. liardetg permalink
    February 14, 2023 7:44 am

    And what about Baroness Brown exposed here as a non exec director of Oersted Energy etc etc and other ‘renewable’ agencies?

  19. tomo permalink
    February 14, 2023 9:50 am

    Gummer bent?

    noooo…. can’t be.

    Has anybody seen Tim Yeo recently?

  20. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 14, 2023 6:33 pm

    This really is a very damning analysis from Harry Wilkinson – see the whole thread.

    Deben should go, pronto.

  21. Peter Hollander permalink
    February 14, 2023 6:41 pm

    John Gummer has form when it comes to scrambling for additional income by joining organisations and boards where very little actual work need be done. Sadly he spouts green nonsense in his old age. When he was younger, one admired his sincerity when he didn’t accept the doom laden science when stuffed his children’s mouths with beef when mad cow disease was claimed to be a real threat. (178 deaths rather than the hundreds of thousands predicted, and so he was right about that!)

  22. February 17, 2023 5:24 pm

    one tweet
    “John Selwyn Grifter”

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