Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tory MP Robert Halfon - Granovski Associates & Bell Pottinger

The Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon has said on Sky News today that the Conservatives should get the "knuckledusters out for Labour", a tad violent perhaps?

So I decided to have a little look at the member for Harlow, this is what I discovered, Robert Halfon has his fingers in a lot of strange pies, many of which have been registered for years and are active but nothing has ever happened in them: I also discovered that one of the companies that Halfon is connected with has links to  lobbyists Bell Pottinger who has been connected to the Tory government.

Robert Halfon member of the recently formed "Right Angle Campaign" which hoped to rival the successful campaigning group 38 Degrees. Right Angle is the campaign that was so desperate followers that it purchased over 9000 of Face Book "Likes" from India in a couple of days of commencement of the campaign. 

The right-wing pressure group Right Angle aims to emulate 38 Degrees’ success after a string of victories by the progressive website. But three of Right Angle’s four directors have links with Dmitry Firtash (above left) – a Ukrainian billionaire with a controversial past.
  • Robert Shetler-Jones (above second from left) is the Chief Executive of Firtash’s Group DF business conglomerate, and also takes money from Firtash through his company Scythian Ltd, which he directs. Shetler-Jones dished out £20,000 per year to Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones — who was then refused a role as National Security Adviser after MI5 raised security concerns over her connections to Firtash.
  • Anthony Fisher (above right) is the Director of  Firtash’s DF Foundation, a privately-owned body which ostensibly funds Ukrainian-based education in British universities. He also directs the British Ukrainian Society with Shetler-Jones, which shares its swanky Knightsbridge office with Scythian Ltd and the DF Foundation.
  • Robert Halfon MP (above second from right), who is also a Right Angle director, hasreceived significant funding from Shetler-Jones and his Scythian Ltd, which was listed as “dormant” at Companies House from its foundation in 1996 until at least 2008:   
As reported in The Guardian, a former Ukraine PM accused Firtash of having links with mafia boss Semyon Mogilevich — believed to be the “Boss of Bosses” of most Russian mafia syndicates and described by the FBI as “the most dangerous mobster in the world”. Links between Mogilevich and Firtash’s business interests have been the subject of an investigation by the US Department of Justice.
Would you trust these people with your email address?

This appears in the members register for Robert Halfon They work for you.

9. Shareholdings
100% shareholding in Eucalyptus Leaves Ltd , company engaged in business management and consultancy. Address: 2nd floor, Saxon House, Heritage Gate, Friary St, Derby, DE1 1NL. (Registered 25 July 2011) 
11. Miscellaneous
Director of Eucalyptus Leaves Ltd. (Registered 25 July 2011)
Register last updated: 16 Apr 2012

Did a little research but cannot find anything that explains this company, indeed this is what came up.

Company Check

Company Information
Registration Date: 07/06/2011
Registration Number: 07661118
Type: Private Limited with share capital
Registered Address
DE21 7JG
This company has not yet filed a description of their activities.
Current Directors 
Mr Robert Halfon 
 These four companies came up on the search;

The Africa Asian Charitable Foundation  - This company has not yet filed a description of their activities.

Directors and Secretaries

Current Directors

Mr Robert Halfon 
Mr Ibrahim Zaki 
Mr Robert Halfon 
Mr Loganaden Govinden 
Mr Anthony Fisher 

The Africa/Asia Development FoundationSIC classification code: 7487
                                                                        SIC classification: OTHER BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

Registered address Leatherhead Surrey
Accounts filed on: 11/01/2012
For period to: 31/03/2011
Category: Total Exemption Small

Cash at Bank : £0

Cash at bank and 'in hand' is the bank balance for THE AFRICA/ASIA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION at the end date of the period the accounts were for.

Net Worth : £-37,010

A company’s Net Worth is calculated as Shareholders Funds minus Intangible Assets. 
£-37,010 is from the accounts filed in 2011

Right Angle campaigns Ltd

Company Information

Registration Date: 26/09/2011
Registration Number: 07787667
Type: Private Limited with share capital

Registered Address



Directors and Secretaries

Current Directors

Mr Robert Shetler-Jones 
Mr Paul Abbott 
Mr Robert Halfon 
Mr Robert Shetler-Jones 
Mr Anthony Fisher 

Eucalyptus Leaves Ltd


This company has not yet filed a description of their activities.

Directors and Secretaries

Current Directors

Mr Robert Halfon 

Mr Anthony Fisher    
Consultancy activities
Granovski Associates Ltd
Again we have this connection cropping up between Tory MPs Robert Halfon, Richard Spring  and Conservative friends of Israel, Adam Werritty and Liam Fox 

Global Environment Forum Ltd 

Registered Address

14 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HN

Website ....

Scythian Ltd 

The Conservative Party has accepted more than £57,000 in cash donations from  British Businessman who oversees the assets of a controversial Ukrainian billionaire embroiled in a battle over the control of gas supplies to a large part of western Europe.
Robert Shetler-Jones, a 39-year-old property developer who is the chief executive of Group DF – the holding company for the multi-billion pound assets of Dmitry Firtash with offices in Knightsbridge, has made a series of donations over the last two years to Conservative Central Office as a private individual and through Scythian Ltd, a company listed at Companies House as “dormant”.


In 2008 when Tories were in opposition
A British businessman who represents a Ukrainian oligarch is paying tens of thousands of pounds in donations to the Tories, the Guardian can disclose. Payments made by the businessman's company have caused concern to the Electoral Commission, which queried some of the donations earlier this year.

So what gives? What are these companies for, what do they do? Who do they benefit, what is Halfon's real connections toall of these companies?

 Why is one of them (Granovski Associates Ltd) connected to Bell-Pottinger the lobbyists? 

Bell Pottinger whose links to the Tory government has been recently uncovered. The most powerful public affairs business in the country’ is how senior executive David Wilson describes Bell Pottinger Public Affairs (BPPA). Many believe the key to that power is the company’s links with the Conservative Party.

It’s no coincidence that when the Conservative Party held its controversial auction of internships in February, a week’s work experience at Bell Pottinger was one of the lots on offer.
Bell Pottinger regularly sponsors Tory events, such as the Conservative Future reception in June, where BPPA managing director Tim Collins spoke alongside David Cameron, the Party’s co-chairman Lord Feldman and vice-chairman Andrew Stephenson.
And research by the Bureau has shown that the firm donated almost £12,000 to the Tories in the year to September 2011.
From Hansard: Parliamentary Lobbying

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