Thursday, March 1, 2012

#Tory #Ashcroft Won NHS Cleaning Contract After Lobbying For Thatcher's Privatisation !

Contracting out and front groups

MICHAEL Ashcroft, the beleaguered Tory party treasurer, bankrolled an "independent" publicity campaign that allowed his multi-million-pound contract cleaning empire to prosper and led to a change in the law. The campaign was run from the London office of the former Conservative Scottish secretary, Michael Forsyth. A spokesman for Mr Ashcroft confirmed last night that he had contributed to the Public and Local Service Efficiency Campaign (PULSE), which was set up in 1985 to persuade the public sector to contract out services such as cleaning and catering. The campaign had been disbanded by the end of the 1980s after the Conservative government passed the 1988 Local Government Act . more