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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Burley Tory union basher has nose in freebies trough

Aidan Burley Tory MP for Cannock Chase and founder of the Tory front Trade Union Reform Campaign is calling for the regular publication of “all public money, resources, paid and unpaid time off given over to trade unions” by officials and civil servants. But on checking the Parliamentary Register of Interests, it can be seen that this self styled guardian of public probity is himself very amenable to largesse from vested interests.

'Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

I received six bottles of wine, totalling approximately £84 in value, from Hitachi Consulting UK, 2 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AP, in respect of a short speech I gave to a group of consultants on 11 March 2011. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 23 March 2011)

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)

Name of donor: Japan Tobacco International

Address of donor : Members Hill, Brooklands Road, Weybridge Surrey KT13 0QU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Hospitality at Test Match Cricket at the Oval, value £579 plus VAT

Date of receipt of donation: July 2011

Date of acceptance of donation: 19 August 2011

Donor status: company; registration 01501573

(Registered 19 August 2011)

6. Overseas visits

Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel

Address of donor: 45B Westbourne Terrace, London W2 3UR and Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £974 from CFI; £574 from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meals provided by other hosts below registrable threshold.

Destination of visit: Israel

Date of visit: 29 May-3 June 2011

Purpose of visit: fact-finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank.

(Registered 8 June 2011)

8. Land and Property

Joint owner (with my father) of a leasehold flat in London, from which rental income is received' (Registered 13 June 2011)