Sunday, October 15, 2006

Who's Who on Midlands Industrial Council

Here’s what’s come to light so far on members of the Midlands Industrial Council, which makes major donations to the Conservative Party and who today bowed to pressure and released a list of 22 of their members (not 20 as I posted earlier).

My information is culled from Google searches and the Press Association and it makes for interesting reading.

Three of those named - Sir Anthony Bamford, Richard Smith of Techtest and Chris Kelly of Keltruck also appear in the register of MPs interests as donors to the Conservative Party leadership campaign of David Davis.

The full list of names released by MIC is:

Sir Anthony Bamford - JCB boss, who inherited the company in 1975 at the age of 29.

Bob Edmiston - IM Group, car importers. Mr Edmiston was recently questioned by police investigating the cash for honours affair. He also owns Coleshill Manor in the West Midlands.

Steve Hollis – UK Head of Sales for KPMG, provider of financial services, such as audit, tax and risk advisory.

George Campion - Senior tax partner at Deloitte’s Birmingham office. He works in real estate transactions, analysing corporation tax and commercial implications. His clients include large multinational groups.

J. Brian Pettifer – Chairman and Chief Exec of Pettifer Group a Warwickshire based property development company with an office in Mayfair. Employs 300 people across the UK and develops edge of town retail parks.

Tony Gallagher – part of the Warwick-based Gallagher UK, a commercial and residential property development and investment company. He is 13th on the Midlands Rich List with a fortune of £330 million.

Don and Roy Richardson - founders of Richardson Developments - whose projects included Ropewalk shopping centre in Nuneaton. In February they were rated 11th on the Midlands Rich List list with £380 million.

Keith Bradshaw - part-owner of the Listers of Coventry motor dealership. Number 25 on the Midlands Rich List with £110 million.

John Butcher – former Coventry MP

Richard Smith - Group Marketing Manager, Techtest of Leominster, Herefordshire,

Chris Kelly – Chairman, Keltruck, West Bromwich. Chris Kelly formed Keltruck in 1983 and won the Scania franchise. In the 1990s later he helped form East Midland Commercials Limited, Scania Distributor for the East Midlands, which was acquired by Keltruck in November 2004. Keltruck employs some 500 people.

J. D. Leavesley and J. W. Leavesley – The Leavesley Group. Staffordshire based property group which also has interests in agriculture, surplus equipment, machinery and vehicle sales, shipping containers, petrol retailing and farm quality assurance and inspection.

Lowe & Fletcher Ltd – Manufacturers of locking devices, corporate member of Midlands Industrial Council

P. Shirley - Midland Food Group

David Wall – secretary of Midlands Industrial Council

R. Robinson

Kambiz Jaberi – Managing Director, Karins Catering of Bilston, West Midlands. Clients include Gate Gourmet.British

T. Miller and M. Miller - both of Harris & Sheldon Group of Companies based at Meriden near Coventry. From fishing tackle to suppliers to the automotive industry.

G. Hampson Silk - Hampson Holdings

Con Folkes – Boss of Folkes Holdings, one of the largest Midlands based private property companies with a mixed portfolio worth over £80 million.

No doubt more will emerge...

5 comments:

Brynley said...

Does the list contain any surprises?

They do look a bit like the usual suspects.

Developers of Nuneaton shopping Centres and so on.

What conclusions should we draw, Phil?

Elephunt said...

No surprises whatsoever, which makes one wonder why they were so reluctant to come out into the open. The issue of party funding has been pushed up the political agenda, not least by the Tories , but it seems to be the Tories who are regularly having to release information under duress.

fairdealphil said...

brynley: surprises? probably not really.

conclusions? i think we should welcome the fact that they have been forced to disclose the names of major donors, keep campaigning for the individuals to now appear on the registers in their own names - as all other major donors to all political parties have to do under the rules and transparency brought in since 1997.

we should need to be assured that this is a full list - and that there is no anonymous foreign money involved as there has been in the past but which is now not permitted.

elephunt: Labour first put political funding on the agenda after the secret war-chests the Tories conjured up to win in 1987 and particularly in 1992.

it is far more open now, but clearly there is a way to go - and the recent police enquiry into cash-for-honours has meant that major donations to the two big parties have all but dried up.

after all, who wants to give money if it means the next step is helping police with their enquiries?

Elephunt said...

I think the recent bout of party funding press coverage is being done with a not so subtle 'get Labour' undercurrent in much of the national press. This was initially pushed along by the Tories although they seem to have gone all coy on the issue now the media spotlight is falling on their own sources of funding.Today's Observer has another little snip to ensure the Tories retreat further.

Anonymous said...

I'd say there is a fair chance that Birmingham born entrepreneurs Andy and Gabriel Ruhan are involved in this - specially as Andy is married to the daughter of one of the Richardsons and is big mates with Tony Gallagher.