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- Nov.26.2016: Tony Blair heads new pro-European Union movement. On Monday, Blair confirmed that he was forming a new organisation dedicated to opposing "resurgent populism" and returning politics to the "centre-ground". But public reaction was hostile, so an alternative was suggested. Alan Milburn – a top Blairite whose political journey began as a member of the Pabloite International Marxist Group and included his acting as an adviser to the previous Tory/LibDem coalition. Milburn publicly heads a group part-funded by Richard Branson's Virgin Group and other business concerns seeking to reverse the referendum result. It is backed by Sir Clive Cowdery, the insurance millionaire who funds the Resolution Foundation think tank, and Stephen Dorrell, a former Conservative Health Secretary. The European Research Group faction is led by John Whittingdale, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove, Peter Lilley and John Redwood. Its strident demands forced May's chancellor Philip Hammond onto the defensive... (pdf version) World Socialist, Chris Marsden
- Chris Skidmore states he will defend NHS in abolition panel discussion, but will he? (...) Chris Skidmore often cites former New Labour MP and secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn, for his support of reforms, as a way of suggesting other Labour MPs and in particular current shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, are opposing the reforms for the sake of it. What he never mentions are the connections Alan Milburn has in private healthcare. In 2008 his registered interests included being a member of LloydsPharmacy's Healthcare Advisory panel for which he was paid in the region of £30,000. In addition, Mr Milburn was a member of the European Advisory Board of Bridgepoint Capital Ltd, the private equity firm which acquired Care UK plc, whose chairman John Nash bankrolled Andrew Lansley's office just prior to the takeover. Mr Milburn, is hardly a flag-waver for a public sector NHS. Social Investigations.