Michael Ashcroft

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  • Jun.29.2018: Lord Ashcroft praises Malta as base for UK business during Brexit. Dan Sabbagh, The Guardian.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Businessman & Philanthropist. Michael Ashcroft has been relatively silent over the last year but his influence endures through his writing, his proprietorship of ConservativeHome and his polling operation. His new book – The Lost Majority – will be pored over for lessons the Tories need to learn from the last election. Conservative Home, Iain Dale
  • Apr.13.2017: How Michael Ashcroft Is Back to Buying Tory Influence. In the 1980s, Lord Ashcroft used his cash to encourage the Tories to privatise the cleaning of schools and NHS hospitals, by funding a campaign group called "PULSE" (the Public and Local Service Efficiency Campaign). Lord Ashcroft stopped donating to the Conservative Party under David Cameron, but his business interests are aligning with govt policy once more. Since 2008 Ashcroft and his family have been the most significant shareholders of Impellam Group, which calls itself the "second largest staffing business in the UK". Ashcroft is currently the Chairman of Impellam, which earns its £2bn a year turnover supplying temp staff. In 2014, Impellam expanded its existing teacher supply agency – Celsian Education – by paying £22m to swallow up another education firm called Career Teachers Ltd. There is a parallel crisis in hospitals, where low wages, high stress and shortage of training places has caused shortages of doctors and nurses. This in turn has caused a big increase in the spend on locum doctors and agency nurses. Impellam owns Medacs, an agency which says, "We are the largest provider of on-framework locum doctors to the NHS." The "framework" is a list of NHS approved suppliers. Donated £8m but didn't get a ministerial position; Ashcroft banks offshore; ... (ToDo: Check out links in the article) Vice News, Solomon Hughes
  • Oct.03.2016: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right. Businessman & Philanthropist. Lord Ashcroft has been relatively silent over the last year, following his severe illness last autumn. But his influence endures through his writing, his proprietorship of ConservativeHome and polling. With Cameron gone, and his admiration for May apparent, it’s difficult to imagine the Good Lord declining in influence this year. Conservative Home, Iain Dale