Friday, 10 July 2009

Jockey-wheeling for position

Given the intensity of Jeremy Clarkson's assault on the reputation of the caravan, you might have expected that the Caravan Club would need the services of a heavy weight Public Relations Outfit, and perhaps at a pinch, the 'non-political' services of their most famous parliamentary poster girl - Margaret Beckett MP, but it seems that the Club is a political force to be reckoned with.

They have 3 MPs on stipends of up to £10,000 a year, presumably they get Ms Beckett for free, or at least she doesn't declare an 'interest'. Something she would have in common with David Amess, who failed to declare his caravanning interests an improbable six times when asking pertinent questions in parliament.

ILLSLEY, Eric (Barnsley Central)
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary adviser to the Caravan Club. (£5,001–£10,000)

ÖPIK, Lembit (Montgomeryshire)
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary adviser to the Caravan Club of Great Britain. (£5,001–£10,000)

AMESS, David (Southend West)
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary Adviser to the Caravan Club. (£5,001–£10,000)

Whilst looking into the apparently sleepy world of Formica and maroon banquettes, I discovered that no less than two Acts of Parliament had been passed of direct benefit to this Club.

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) (1963) Chapter 17

both of which provide exemptions only applicable to members of.......The Caravan Club. With 1,000,000 members and an annual turnover of £86 million, this outfit is not small fry, but there cannot be many private clubs or companies of a similar size who require 3 retained MPs to take care of their interests.

Can any political bloggers throw some light on this hotbed of lobbying?


Gordon said...

Given the two Acts you mention are from 1960 and 1963, one might think that Lembit and the other advisors haven't been doing that well.

wv: whorgarq - no idea but it sounds amusing

Ruth said...

And to think I always thought that the Caravan Club of Great Britain was a friendly, folksy little group - how wrong could I be - with at least 3 paid MPs & a turnover of £86M it's business - BIG business.

Ampers said...

David Amess? Is he still around?

We used to lunch together in the sixties when we had companies in adjoining buildings in Oxford Street (near South Molton Street). He had, ISTR an employment bureau.

This was before he entered politics. Then he was a great guy and good company.


banned said...

Interesting topic about which I know nothing at all, except that caravaneers still regularly come a cropper on the nearby A38 Telegraph Hill.

Brewblogger said...

Lets tax caravans as they take up the same road space as a car. Of course exemptions would have to be made for members of parliament and pikeys.

Anonymous said...

Stan on caravans got it right. £40,000 for mobile toilet.

Lancastrian Oik said...

Margaret Beckett as a poster girl, Opik and two fucking nonentities as paid advisors- and caravanners wonder why people think they're cunts?

killemallletgodsortemout said...

Amess is MP for Southend West. Southenders have been chasing him around the streets to get him to answer questions about expenses. Some people have called him a thief, no less.

He has been seen cowering in local shops in order to escape the baying mob. Photos in the local press, and all!

Still won't answwer to the electorate, though.

The cunt.

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