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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Tory MP condemns IBM-led outsourcing company Southwest One

Ian Liddell-Grainger, Tory MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, last week used the platform of Parliament to condemn in no uncertain terms the ‘failed procurement project that has cost every citizen in Somerset a great deal of wasted money and time. Southwest One is a joint venture between Somerset county council, Taunton Deane council, Avon and Somerset police and IBM - one of the world’s biggest IT firms. It is a classic example of how not to do public procurement’ and he confessed that ‘I was, I admit, suspicious from the word go. IBM, as most people know, is no charity; it prides itself on fat profits.’ For full speech go to: