Saturday, 2 April 2016

Labour MPs Getting Contributions from Perry Beeches Academy Trust

You couldn't make it up.
While the Labour party officially condemns and disapproves of the whole "academy" system, three of them are now revealed to have accepted campaign donations from the infamous Perry Beeches Academy Trust. 

Birmingham headteacher Liam Nolan, left, with (l to r) Labour MEP Neena Gill, Labour MP Shabana Mahmood and former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls at a Labour fundraising event in January 2015.


So when they next denounce the Academy system as putting large amounts of public money into the control of dubious people...well , yes,  It's hard to disagree with that.

Three Birmingham MPs received donations from a private education business at the centre of the scandal over a “second salary” paid to superhead Liam Nolan.
MPs Jack Dromey (Lab Erdington), Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) and Shabana Mahmood (Lab Ladywood) or their constituency Labour parties each received £5,000 in funding or support from Nexus Schools Ltd, which supplied services to Perry Beeches The Academy Trust.
The Trust is set to be broken up after an inquiry found it was paying a “second salary” to executive headteacher Liam Nolan via Nexus Schools Ltd.
Perry Beeches The Academy Trust paid Nexus £1.297 million over two years for a range of services, which included providing the schools with a chief executive.
In turn, Nexus paid £160,000 over two years to a business called Liam Nolan Ltd, of which Mr Nolan is the sole director.
This payment was on top of Mr Nolan’s salary of £120,000 a year for his executive headteacher role.
The arrangement was uncovered by the Education Funding Agency when it launched an investigation following a tip-off from a whistleblower.
According to the Register of Members’ Interests published by the House of Commons, Ms Stuart’s constituency party received support worth £5,000 “towards hosting a fundraising dinner”. The donation was registered on March 18 2015, in the run up to the General Election.
It is not clear whether the donation was a simple cash payment or services valued at £5,000. The dinner itself raised just 2,358.85, the register entry shows.


Birmingham Labour MP Shabana Mahmood thanks Liam Nolan for his support, on Twitter, following a fundraising event
Birmingham Labour MP Shabana Mahmood thanks Liam Nolan for his support, on Twitter

Mr Dromey records receiving a donation or support worth £5,000 from Nexus Schools Ltd on April 24 2015.
And Ms Mahmood received a donation or support worth £5,000 on February 27 2015.
A spokeswomen for Ms Mahmood said: “She was offered a donation and it was declared appropriately”.
Ms Stuart said: “The donation was properly registered.”
The Perry Beeches affair has been embarrassing for the Government because the Trust’s schools, which include one academy and four free schools, have been praised by David Cameron , the Prime Minister, and Michael Gove, in his former role as Education Secretary.
And Brigid Jones, Labour’s Cabinet member for Education in Birmingham City Council, has attacked the Government for allowing the Trust to expand, saying: “Ministers smiled at their ribbon cuttings, invited its head to their party conferences and declared them the best schools in the city.”
But the Trust was also praised by Labour MPs, and Mr Nolan has links to the Labour Party in the city.


Headteacher Liam Nolan, front and second from left, at a Labour event. Pictured centre is Birmingham Labour MP Jack Dromey. In the centre at the front is Birmingham Labour councillor Mariam Khan and to her right is Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan.
Headteacher Liam Nolan, front and second from left, at a Labour event. Pictured centre is Birmingham Labour MP Jack Dromey. In the centre at the front is Birmingham Labour councillor Mariam Khan and to her right is Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan.

Mr Dromey has called him “One of Britain’s finest Heads that Birmingham can be proud of”, on Twitter.
Mr Nolan attended a fundraising event in support of Shabana Mahmood in February 2015, when he was pictured with Ed Balls, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor at the time.
And in March 2015 he attended a fundraising event for Erdington Labour alongside Mr Dromey and some of the city’s Labour councillors.


Jack Dromey MP praises "remarkable" Liam Nolan
Jack Dromey MP praises "remarkable" Liam Nolan

2 comments:

  1. What happened to Labour's Education, Education, Education.

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  2. Looks as if it turned out to be corruption, corruption, corruption.

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