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Mayor Lutfur Rahman and his Advisors – payment details

Long long ago and far far away the Evening Standard and Trial by Jeory ran some interesting stories about Mayor Lutfur Rahman handing out contracts of up to £1,000 day to ‘Mayoral Advisors’. Time for some more detail on this issue.

While trawling through the vast amounts of Tower Hamlets council Payments to Supplier over £500 data that I have I thought I would have a quick look and see where these advisors payments appeared. In this post and this post Ted Jeory detailed how much the Mayoral Advisors were paid. These are the people Ted identified:

  • Tony Winterbottom £1,000 per day
  • Steven Beckett £150 per day  
  • Gulam Robbani  £40 per hour 
  • Mark Seddon £200 per day 
  • Mohammed Jubair £175 per day
  • Amirul Choudhury £25 per hour
  • Suroth Miah £25 per hour
  • Michael Ambrose £25 per hour
  • Shahid Malik £200 per day

And here are  details of (most of) their payments taken from Tower Hamlets records:

Mayor’s consultants and their fees identified by Ted Jeory

Directorate Service Division Responsible Unit Expense Type Payment Date Net Amount Supplier Name Love Wapping Comments
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 02/11/11 £2,000.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 23/03/12 £650.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 23/03/12 £1,300.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 23/03/12 £1,300.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 23/03/12 £650.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 23/03/12 £520.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 28/03/12 £1,625.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 28/03/12 £975.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 28/03/12 £975.00 BECKETT MR STEPHEN Advisor on surgeries and community consultation
£9,995.00
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/08/11 £1,000.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/08/11 £800.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/08/11 £800.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/08/11 £1,000.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/08/11 £800.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 27/02/12 £720.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 27/02/12 £720.00 G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED Gulam Robbani advisor on adult social care and health
£25,830.00
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 21/12/11 £2,923.00 GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT PARTN Shahid Malik – see below.
£2,923.00
Chief Executive Services Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 07/10/11 £700.00 JUBAIR MOHAMMED Advisor on community media matters
Chief Executive Services Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 07/10/11 £525.00 JUBAIR MOHAMMED Advisor on community media matters
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 05/12/11 £525.00 JUBAIR MOHAMMED Advisor on community media matters
£1,750.00
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 24/08/11 £5,000.00 LDP PROJECTS LTD Tony Winterbottom Advisor on major projects, enterprise and development
£5,000.00
Chief Executive Services Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 28/09/11 £5,000.00 SEDDON MR MARK Advisor on media and communications strategy
Chief Executive Corporate & Democratic Core Democratic Rep & Management Executive Mayor Consultants Fees 01/02/12 £5,800.00 SEDDON MR MARK Advisor on media and communications strategy
£10,800.00

Download all payments over £500 to all consultants CSV 112kb

The funding flow to watch

These payments were found by looking for this funding flow:

Chief Executive > Corporate & Democratic Core > Democratic Rep & Management > Executive Mayor > Consultants Fees

Not all of the Mayoral Advisors identified by Ted Jeory are in the Payments to Suppliers data, probably because this only covers payments over £500. This is the minimum payment cost that councils have to publish although others do publish payments over £100. Now that would be interesting.

One supplier I could not match to the original Trial by Jeory posts is ‘GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT PARTN’ (caps and truncated word courtesy Tower Hamlets council).

A search of the amazingly useful Opencorporates site gave this: GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS LIMITED.

This company is not to be confused with GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION or indeed GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED.

Global Cooperation and Development Partnerships Limited has a ‘Zeeshan Malik’ as the sole director as does Global Cooperation and Development Solutions Limited which was dissolved on 4th September 2012.

The Malik brothers

So who is Zeeshan Malik? The name does not crop up on the original list by Ted Jeory, although there is a Shahid Malik. Always the lightweight I asked Mr Jeory if he knew. And guess what? He did. But then he seems to know everything.

Shahid Malik

Shahid Malik

Apparently Zeeshan Malik is the brother of Shahid Malik identified as one of Mayor Lutfur’s advisors.

Shahid Malik is the ex Labour MP for Dewsbury (elected 2005) and in 2007 became Britain’s first Muslim Minister as International Development Minister.

Unfortunately he screwed that honour up with various issues regarding his Parliamentary expenses.

Then he lost his seat in the 2010 general election.

Seems he is now doing various high profile speaker things around the world.

Click on the image below if you are interested.

shahid-malik-screengrab

Brother Zeeshan Malik is briefly mentioned in this report in the Daily Mail. (A little research shows that Zeeshan is a very busy business person too.)

A bit of a performance

All of this a bit of a performance really just to find out the details of what the Mayor spends Tower Hamlets residents cash on. Again not very transparent. And remember all I am doing is adding some detail from Open Data – I would not have known what the payments detailed above meant without the main work that Ted Jeory carried out.

What chance would another resident have of discovering any of this? None.

As with all of the suppliers mentioned in these Data Stories there is no implication that they have done anything wrong. The individuals needed some work, the Mayor gave them some work.

One thing does bother me though.

Call me suspicious but the payment to Global Cooperation and Development Partnerships Limited is for £2,923.00. Now look at all the other payments to the Mayoral Advisors. They tend to be nice round numbers: £1,000, £800 with the occasional £720. To me £2,923.00 is the odd number out. But hey I am paranoid (although they really are out to get me) and I do tend to fixate on tiny weeny little details. Possibly a payment for a something as opposed to a someone perhaps?

Either way at some point we will know as I have submitted a FOI request to the Council asking for just that tiny weeny bit of information. Bound to be a really dull answer. Like a claim for some sandwiches and a nice cake. Carrot cake perhaps?

And the rest

The Malik Brothers are just two of many suppliers who fall into the same expense category at the end of the funding flow:

Chief Executive > Corporate & Democratic Core > Democratic Rep & Management > Executive Mayor > Consultants Fees

Below you will see a list of all these particular suppliers.

Suppliers A – G Suppliers H – O Suppliers P – Y
ACCLAIM CONSULTING HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM PARK AND CO CHARTERED SURVEYORS
ACCOUNT 3 LTD HARRY PATICAS ARCHITECTURE LTD PEARSON EDUCATION LTD
AECOM LIMITED HEALTHSKILLS LTD PETER BRETT ASSOCIATES LLP
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS HILBERY CHAPLIN PETER MARSH CONSULTING LTD
ALLSOP ICT CREATIONS LTD PICK EVERARD
ANCER SPA (LONDON AND SOUTH EAST) LTD IDOX SOFTWARE LTD PIERS HEATH ASSOCIATES LTD
ANSTEY HORNE & CO J B RINEY CO & LTD PL CONSULTING (UK) LTD
ARBOREAL ARCHITECTURE LTD JACOBSON GOODFELLOW LTD PLATOW ASSOCIATES LTD
ATLANTIC CUSTOMER SOLUTIONS LTD JENKINS DUVAL LIMITED PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS LLP
BARONY CONSULTING LTD JMP CONSULTANTS LIMITED PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES T/A WB ASSOC
BECKETT MR STEPHEN JOHN BURKE ASSOCIATES R J LYNCH & CO
BESPOKE PROPERTY SERVICES JUBAIR MOHAMMED R.W STEVENS F.R.I.C.S, M.C.I.ARB
BLACKMAN CONSULTING ENGINEERS LTD JVM LTD RAMBOLL UK
BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE ADVISORY&PROPERT KNIGHT FRANK LLP REGENERIS CONSULTING LTD
BONE WELLS URBECON LTD LAND USE CONSULTANTS LIMITED RIDD-WOOD PARTNERSHIP
BPS CHARTERED SURVEYORS LANGDON LLP DAVIS RINGWAY JACOBS LTD
BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LTD LDP PROJECTS LTD ROGER TYM & PARTNERS
C B RICHARD ELLIS LTD LONDON GRID FOR LEARNING TRUST ROSS KAREN
CALFORDSEADEN LLP LOUISON ONAGETE SAVILLS COMMERCIAL LTD
CANARY WHARF LTD MACEGREEN CONSULTING LTD SEDDON MR MARK
CAPITA BUSINESS SERVICES LTD MATRIX SURVEYS SELLERS LEGAL SERVICES LTD
CAPITA SYMONDS LTD MCCANCE N SHARED INTELLINGENCE
CHAMBERLAIN CONSULTING LLP MISL LTD SHERIFFS HIGH COURT ENFORCEMENT LTD
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF HOUSING MONSON ENGINEERING LTD SMITH BAXTER LTD
CHASE & PARTNERS LLP MONTAGUE EVANS STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
CHELSFIELD ASSOCIATES LIMITED MORTON PARTNERSHIP LTD STEER DAVIES & GLEAVE
CHRIS BLANDFORD ASSOCIATES MOS EISLEY LIMITED STONE MR D
CIPFA MOTT MACDONALD LTD SUSTAINABLE PROPERTY CONSULTANTS
CROYDON COUNCIL MOUCHEL LIMITED TEMPLE GROUP LTD
DALE HILL ASSOCIATES MOVE PLAN LTD THE LONDON THAMES GATEWAY
DELOITTE & TOUCHE MUF ARCHITECTURE / ART LLP TOWER HAMLETS LEP LIMITED
DLA ARCHITECTS LTD NAPOLEON CREATIVE URBAN GRAPHICS
DR FOSTER LTD NATHANIEL LICHFIELD & PARTNERS URBAN PRACTITIONERS
DRIVERS JONAS DELOITE NAVIGANT CONSULTING (EUROPE) LTD VALUATION OFFICE
DWF LLP NEF CONSULTING LIMITED VB JOHNSON LLP
EAST LONDON BUSINESS ALLIANCE NIGEL LEGGE ASSOCIATES LTD VISION ON TRAINING LIMITED
ELANOR WARWICK NLH PARTNERSHIP LTD VOICE FOR THE CHILD IN CARE
ENGINEERING INGENUITY LTD OCEAN SOMALI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION W S ATKINS CONSULTANTS LTD
G SOCIAL CARE LIMITED OPTIONS CONSULTANCY SERVICES LTD WATERMAN TRANSPORT & DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
GEOINFORMATION GROUP THE OTTAWAY STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT LTD WATT-KNOTS LTD
GILLIAN GRANVILLE ASSOCIATES WILKS HEAD & EVE
GL HEARN LTD WSP ENVIRONMENTAL LTD
GLOBAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT PARTN WSP UK LTD
GVA GRIMLEY LTD YCTCS LTD

Enjoy.

Many thanks to Ted Jeory for help with this post.

 

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