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Response to Mail on Sunday

Response to Mail on Sunday

15th October 2017

This week, Policy Connect was contacted by journalist Martin Beckford regarding our Chair and Founder, Barry Sheerman MP, and member of the Board, Lord Teverson.

We take this opportunity to re-state that Policy Connect - a not-for-profit social enterprise - believes in cross-party, evidence based work that will improve the lives of citizens. We do not lobby on behalf of any individual funders, rather the causes that we research and evidence we find. We are registered on the Register for Lobbyists by law and welcome the transparency it brings. Please see our Ethical Standards information on our website.

In response and for clarity, we publish the questions and answers asked of us below.

 

Barry Sheerman MP

  1. Which clients Mr Sheerman ‎represents for Policy Connect? The answer ‎is none. Mr Sheerman does not represent any of the membership organisations that fund Policy Connect. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Policy Connect. 
  2. Has Mr Sheerman asked any questions in Parliament that would ‎benefit the interests of the organisations that fund Policy Connect? Mr Sheerman has never asked questions in Parliament on behalf of Policy Connect to directly benefit individual interests of any of the member organisations of Policy Connect. 
  3. What is the current position regarding Mr Sheerman's remuneration by Policy Connect? The answer is that Mr Sheerman receives no remuneration from Policy Connect. ‎Prior to May 2017 Policy Connect made donations to charity in Mr Sheerman’s name in recognition of his contribution to the organisation.

 

Lord Teverson

  1. Please can you let me know how many hours a month he works for Policy Connect and how much he is paid? Lord Teverson does not work for Policy Connect, he is a member of the Board and, as with all members of our Board of Directors, he is unpaid. 
  2. In addition, what clients does Lord Teverson represent for Policy Connect? Has he ever asked questions / spoken in debates / voted in the House of Lords on matters of interest to the clients of Policy Connect? The answer ‎is none. Lord Teverson does not represent any of the membership organisations that fund Policy Connect.  Lord Teverson has never asked questions/spoken in parliament/voted  in Parliament on behalf of Policy Connect to directly benefit individual interests of any of the member organisations of Policy Connect.