Daily Archives: March 18, 2010

Jim Pickard

The Guardian* broke the story this morning about Blair’s latest business deal. Here is a link to the advisory committee on business appointments, confirming the news. Read more

This is a superb report. Gary Gibbon canvases the opinions of some tarnished but unrepentant retiring MPs. Well worth watching if you haven’t already.

Jim Pickard

Of 35 pages of documents released today, the most striking ones appear to be two letters sent on July 12, 2000.

(Bear in mind that Lord Ashcroft recently revealed he was a “long-term resident” in the UK – as opposed to “permanent” – which means he doesn’t have to pay UK tax on his overseas income. )

Letter One: Sir Hayden Phillips wrote to James Arbuthnot, Tory chief whip, saying: “Mr Ashcroft has said that he will live in the UK indefinitely and will, therefore, be a long-term resident here.”

Letter Two: In Arbuthnot’s reply he refers to: “Michael Ashcroft’s undertaking to take up permanent residence in the UK.” Read more

Jim Pickard

If you want to know the circumstances under which Lord Ashcroft’s peerage was agreed, the relevant documents have been released here by the public administration select committee. More on this in a while.