Number 2 in a series of 7.
Following the debacle of a goose stepping PPC for Cambridge, here's his declaration of interests
Not a Career politician at all.
Tried ringing the Socialist Environment and Resources Association where Daniel works (when he's not fundraising for Unison, one of Labour's largest donors). They wouldn't answer the phone.
UPDATE FROM WOMAN ON A RAFT
Who funds SERA? (Yeah, I know, but still let's do the exercise).
From Companies House:
THE SOCIALIST ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES ASSOCIATION
1 LONDON BRIDGE
Company No. 03775489
Date of Incorporation: 21/05/1999
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Company Type: PRI/LBG/NSC (Private, Limited by guarantee, no share capital, use of 'Limited' exemption)
Nature of Business (SIC(03)):
9133 - Other membership organisations
Accounting Reference Date: 31/03
Last Accounts Made Up To: 31/03/2009 (TOTAL EXEMPTION FULL)
Next Accounts Due: 31/12/2010
Last Return Made Up To: 21/05/2009
Next Return Due: 18/06/2010
A name given for contacts at SERA is Melanie Smallman who was a previous Labour candidate, polling 17,378 at Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005.
The SEAR website is coy about how it is funded, but if you click on the design and implementation link at the bottom, it goes over to the agency techPolitics explains they developed the standard format at the behest of the Green European Foundation, which links to www.gef.eu, where in tiny type at the bottom of the page we find:
"With the financial support of the European Parliament"
and clicking on the terms and conditions finds who is setting those terms and conditions
aisbl Green European Institute
15, rue d’Arlon
Phone: +32 (0) 2 / 234 65 70
The political foundation on European level has been registered as an international non-for-profit association under Belgian law (association international sans but lucrative, aisbl).
So what I think happens is this: money is taken from you in taxes and given to sleek eurocrats who have the cheek to think they are better than bankers.
The eurocrats then set up vanity organizations such as Green Europe. Some of the money - not sure how much without checking the accounts - is spun out to what are effectively regional franchises of the brand. The jobs in those regional franchises are awarded to Labour's chums to keep them from having to do a proper paid job, not even one in the public sector like nursing or teaching where at least you stand a chance of getting something for your money.
And finally....Melanie Smallman congratulates herself that she is saving the world and we all ought to be jolly grateful for this opportunity to pay her to do a pretend job while waiting for her shot at the Westminster honeypot.
If I can be bothered, I might check some of the other names associated with SERA, but really the important thing to do is to work out how to get this bloodsucker organization off without it leaving its jaws in the body politic to go septic.