A statement by Lord Ashcroft

The so-called ‘Paradise Papers’

The BBC has suggested that I may have ignored rules in connection with the Punta Gorda Trust.  (Please note the deliberate inclusion by Panorama of the word ‘may’.)  In fact, I can state unequivocally that I have not ignored rules, and that I do not control the Punta Gorda Trust, and never have done.  Throughout the Trust’s existence, I have never known the identity of any of the Trustees, let alone had any dealings with them.  At no point has it been suggested directly to me, or through others, that I have taken any inappropriate action.  No professional Trustee has ever resigned because of anything I may have done. (more…)

Ashcroft In America podcast – election anniversary edition

A year on from Donald Trump’s election, the Ashcroft In America team returned to find out how real voters think the President is doing so far.

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See the November edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The November issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Captain Montagu Shadworth Moore, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

The Bravest of the Brave

First published in Airsoft Action Magazine on 19 October 2017.

My interest in bravery dates back more than 60 years to when I was a small boy. My late father, Eric, was a modest man but, when I was about ten, he finally agreed to tell me about his own role in the Second World War.

After war broke out in September 1939, he was one of the first young men to enlist, joining the South Lancashire Regiment. However, he did not see action until the summer of 1944, when he arrived on Sword Beach as part of the D-Day landings. (more…)

Time to shoot down these unfair myths

First published in the Daily Mail on 16 October 2017

Ask anyone what first comes to mind when they think of someone who has just left the Armed Forces and you will rightly hear some very positive things: leadership, discipline, comradeship, selflessness, loyalty, even heroism. (more…)

Annual update on Veterans’ Transition Review released

The public overestimates the extent of serious problems faced by former Armed Forces personnel, according to new research from Lord Ashcroft, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition.

New research finds public overestimates extent of mental health and other problems among former Service personnel

Annual update on Veterans’ Transition Review finds progress, but uneven delivery throughout the UK – especially Northern Ireland

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A new era opens for St Helena – but there are still major problems to overcome

This Saturday [October 14], the first commercial passenger flight is due to land at St Helena’s troubled airport fully 20 months after it was originally due to touch down. (more…)

Theresa May’s speech: no “retreat in the face of difficulty”

At the beginning of the week I wrote that most people would be paying even less attention to the party conferences this year than they usually do: with very few exceptions, memorable conference moments are the ones leaders wish had never happened.

Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, we have just witnessed one of those moments. The security implications aside, the so-called comedian interrupting Theresa May with a P45 at the supposed behest of Boris Johnson was a sideshow. But it was agonising to watch as she struggled to regain her voice; the Tory faithful in the hall and the most cynical reporters were at one in willing her to recover.

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My Conservative Conference Diary – Wednesday

As if the conference were not already beset with rivalry and intrigue, we now have the Battle of the Lanyards. Most attendees wear their passes on bright blue cords sponsored by Tate & Lyle, but a rearguard action has been launched by British Sugar, keen to promote their home-grown product with a lanyard of their own, featuring the Union flag. Tate & Lyle are no strangers to the hazards of politics. Gerald Mason, the company’s senior vice president, once promised Liam Fox a lifetime supply of sugar if he could successfully conclude a free trade deal with Cuba, and on returning to the company’s HQ received a stern lecture about the Bribery Act.

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See the October edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The October issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Private William Boynton Butler, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

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