This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Didcot Questions

This evening (11/10/12), Victim Support have organised another hustings meeting in Didcot.

Venue: Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN
Time: 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start. The meeting will close at 8pm.
Focus: Victims of crime but all members of the public are welcome
Organiser: Linda Darrall, Divisional Manager for Thames Valley Victim Support.

I hope you can make it as I cannot. Had I been there, there is one question I would like to asked all the candidates:
Given the Olympic G4S fiasco, so as not to risk the safety of Thames Valley people, will you promise now, that outsourcing any major functions of the Thames Valley Police Service to G4S will not happen on your watch? 
And (of course) I have three questions for Anthony Stansfeld:
1) In your CV published on the West Berkshire Conservative Association website, you have stated that you are "currently Chairman of a small company that has interests in water systems for agriculture and energy recovery systems for industry". What is the name of that company and how can you prove your assertion that you are a) its chairman and b) it has interests in the fields you describe?
2) Your TVPA register of interests which was refreshed by you in August this year states under the section "Name of Employer or Name of Firm of which I am a Partner/Remunerated Director" the following "The above, c/o ELS, Redhill Chambers, 28 High Street, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1RJ". ('The above' may refer to the Sefinor Group which appeared on your register in March at the same address where you said you were Chairman.) However on your official register of interests held by West Berkshire Council where you are a member, you state that you are "Chairman of FIDAS - not registered in UK and with no interests in the UK. Unpaid". How do you account for the inconsistency between these two official records which are both contemporary?
3) In a private email to me, when I questioned you about your LinkedIn account which currently shows you as Chairman of a company based in Switzerland called Prescience, you said that you "“no longer have anything to do with Prescience, a company that never traded, so was disposed of”. However, one of the people listed on the Prescience website (which is still live on the net) is Frank Iding. On a US Government form in 2009, Mr Iding is described as the "Managing Director of Prescience AG since 2007". How do you account for a colleague of yours claiming to be MD of a company for two years that "never traded"? In your opinion, was Mr Iding telling the truth?
I will put these questions to him when I get the next opportunity, but if anyone wants to beat me to it, I would be happy with that.

And, Mr Stansfeld, if you are reading this, please feel free to post your answers below. I am interested in truth, transparency, integrity and accountability. I assume you are too...

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