Tom Tugendhat

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  • May.20.2018: Oligarchs’ ‘influence and dirty money threaten UK’. A rising Tory MP warns that govt inaction on laundering is a gift to Putin and has let rich Russians think they own Britain. The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee has launched a withering attack on the govt’s failure to tackle the effect of Russia’s “dirty money” on Britain, ahead of the publication of a damning report this week. Tom Tugendhat criticised the UK’s “lethargic response” to Russian money-laundering and organised crime that has been enabled by London’s financial and property markets. The MP said the govt had failed to deal with oligarchs who cleaned their illicit wealth by buying townhouses in Belgravia and Mayfair, while also allowing Russian companies to raise money in London despite being under sanctions. Tugendhat spoke out ahead of an excoriating Select Committee report tomorrow entitled Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK. The findings will embarrass Theresa May’s govt, which has professed to take a tough line with Moscow over the poisoning of the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury. He points out that Gazprom, the Russian gas giant, was able to “trade bonds in London days after the attempted murders”. Tugendhat is particularly concerned about lax controls fostering Russian influence including the London flotation of EN+, an energy company controlled by Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s wealthiest men who is closely linked to Vladimir Putin. MI6 is known to have been enraged when the firm was able to use the London Stock Exchange last year to raise an estimated £1bn. The company, chaired by Lord Barker, a former Tory energy minister, has been linked to the Russian military, including the production of a Buk missile that Dutch investigators said downed flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people. The float was waved through by regulators despite EN+ being part-owned by VTB, a Russian state-owned bank subject to EU and US sanctions. The bank lent the firm £697m to help fund the flotation. Deripaska was himself hit by tough US sanctions imposed after the Skripal poisoning. Last week, he stepped down from the EN+ board in an attempt to free it from sanctions. Garry Kasparov, the Putin critic and former world chess champion, said the flow of corrupt money from Russia into the West was part of a “subtle” Kremlin strategy to “launder and spread influence”. Caroline Wheeler, Tom Harper, The Times.
  • Mar.12.2018: Meet Tom Tugendhat, the Zionist Lackey Who Blames Putin for Spy Poisoning. "The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia looks like "state-sponsored attempted murder," he says. He's been saying this every single day since last Monday and the UK's media reports it every single time as "breaking news." Who the hell is Tom Tugendhat? Sadly the answer is all too predictable. Not to put too fine a point on it, Tugendhat is a Zionist shill. In Jul.2017, he stood against Crispin Blunt, then chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. Eyebrows were raised; after all he was a very inexperienced politician. So how did it come about? Crispin Blunt was a marked man; he was responsible for the report into the UK's military involvement in the Libyan conflict. Blunt's report found that lies were told about Gaddafi's plans to kill civilians and that the radical Islamist element of the so called rebel forces had been ignored. Blunt concluded that the govt had always wanted regime change in Libya. That report in itself was enough to do for Blunt, but then he stuck his nose into Israel's affairs. He wanted the Foreign Affairs Select Committee to examine the UK's role in the Israel-Palestine conflict in the year of the centenary of the Balfour declaration. He also wanted to investigate the activities of the Israeli diplomat who tried to recruit British supporters in a botched plot to "take down" the Deputy Foreign Secretary Sir Alan Duncan. He messed with the UK Zionist lobby, so he was replaced last year by Tom Tugendhat. The Israeli lobby definitely liked Tom a lot at that time. Tom had used an article he wrote for The Spectator in Jan.2017 to send a love letter to Tel Aviv. Tom wrote that the UK was WRONG to back UN Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem. Tom also claimed that Arabs are "no longer interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". He wrote that Israel/Palestine is small potatoes in today's Middle East, using the example of the brutal Assad regime blah blah blah. "Israel is a vibrant democracy," wrote Tom, and "Israel isn't taking sides in Syria" and "Israel isn't the cause of the Middle East's problems." Tom should be a stand-up comedian. Six months later, Tom replaced Blunt as chair of The Foreign Affairs Committee. And today, Tom is issuing daily missives that claim that the Russian deep state is responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Who is Tom working for? Is he working in the best interests of his constituents? Or is he working at Westminster as an agent of a foreign govt? Richie Allen, Richie Allen.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Chairman, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and MP for Tonbridge. Charming, urbane and with a slight air of political naivete, Tom Tugendhat ran for the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee with the aim of putting a marker down. He didn’t expect to win. He ought to have got a junior ministerial position in June. One of a merry band of the 2015 intake who are seen as potential future leaders. Conservative Home, Iain Dale
  • Feb.05.2016: Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top. Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat oversaw operations as an aide to the chief of the defence staff. The son of a high court judge and nephew of a Tory MP-turned-life peer, he learned to speak Arabic in Yemen before serving as an intelligence officer in Iraq. Tugendhat is said to move in similar social circles to some of David Cameron’s associates, many of whom have great expectations for him. “He’d be a perfect fit for foreign secretary,” says one Tory admirer. Total Politics , David Singleton