Google Duncan Hames, Former LibDem MP

And you will see he was born 16 June 1977, is a Director of Policy at Transparency International UK, and is a former Liberal Democrat politician.

He was the Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency in Wiltshire from 2010 to 2015. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

In July 2006, shortly after the creation of a new Chippenham county constituency, Hames was selected as his party’s first candidate for it, and his success at the 2010 general election gave Wiltshire its first Liberal member of parliament in 86 years.

Following his defeat at the 2015 general election, Hames chose not to stand for re-selection as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Chippenham constituency. He is Head of Policy at the UK chapter of Transparency International.

On 13 May 2011 Hames married fellow Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson, who became leader of the Liberal Democrat party in 2019. 

Transparency International

is an international non-governmental organization which is based in Berlin, Germany, and was founded in 1993. Its non-profit purpose is to take action to combat global corruption with civil societal anti-corruption measures and to prevent criminal activities arising from corruption. It publishes for example the Global Corruption Barometer and the Corruption Perceptions Index. Transparency International has the legal status of a German registered voluntary association (Eingetragener Verein) and serves as an umbrella organization.

Its members have grown from a few individuals to more than 100 national chapters which engage in fighting corruption in their home countries. TI is a member of UNESCO Consultative Status, United Nations Global Compact and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and Partnerships For the Goals.

In January 2015 it was reported that Transparency International (TI) accepted $3 million from the German engineering multinational Siemens, which in 2008 paid one of the largest corporate corruption fines in history – $1.6 billion – for bribing government officials in numerous countries.

Transparency International applied for and received the money from Siemens, even though TI’s due diligence procedures prohibit the organization from accepting money from corporations that want to “greenwash” their reputations by making donations to TI. “If any corporate donor is accused of having been involved in corruption, the donor can expect no protection from TI” the procedures state.

Transparency International received the money from the Siemens Integrity Initiative about a year after the Initiative hired former TI staffer Jana Mittermaier, raising questions of a “revolving door” that has benefited both the organization and the company.

Several of TI’s national chapters also have accepted money from Siemens: $660,000 for TI USA, $600,000 for TI Italy, $450,000 for TI Bulgaria, and $230,000 for TI Mexico, each for a period of three years. “This really shows that Transparency International is not as pure as people think,” a TI insider told Corporate Crime Reporter.

Transparency International Managing Director Cobus de Swardt said “We did not file an application to Siemens, we applied to the Siemens Integrity Initiative. There’s a difference. We have not applied to Siemens.” However, according to Siemens, the money for these grants is “provided by Siemens.

Why is this of interest?

Because TI was given 3.5m euro by the European Union. Read the https://nyebevannews.co.uk/swinson-fails-to-declare-family-company-was-given-3-5m-euro-by-the-european-union/

for the full story. You will see that “Swinson voted for the LibCon Bedroom Tax that mired millions of the poorest in costs they could not afford. She voted for the LibCon Welfare reforms which attacked the finances of those least able to withstand the onslaught. She voted for the LibCon policy to treble the tuition fees of students least able to pay. Could it get worse for Jo Swinson? In a word, yes”.

“IT LOOKS LIKE JO SWINSON’S PASSION TO STOP BREXIT OR A NO-DEAL BREXIT “AT ANY COST” HAS TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLIED. Swinson’s point blank and quite illogical refusal to join the cross-party coalition to prevent a no-deal Brexit has a 3.5m euro explanation. And the irony of the whole context goes to show that the LibDems are as insincere and deceitful as they ever were”.

Nyebevannews asks “Has Jo Swinson declared this conflict of interest to the House of Commons? No. Is that a breach of House of Commons protocol? Yes. Is it a breach of the law? Yes”.

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