Nasty G3 private security and the lazy old Duke of Westminster

Tony Gosling tony at
Sat Aug 16 01:25:33 BST 2014

But no: these subsidies go to the very richest 
people in Britain. The Duke of Westminster, 
Gerald Grosvenor – number 8 on this year’s Sunday 
Times Rich List – receives some £820,000 a year. 
The Duke of Buccleuch, RichardScott – number 434 
in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List – receives 
some £405,000. Indeed, the money seems to go to 
organisations who don’t even do any farming: 
Serco receive some £2 million. Talk about scroungers.

Man linked to Werritty scandal hired by Tories’ election strategist

Eugene Curley worked for G3, a company which had 
funded the flights of Liam Fox’s adviser


Author Biography 

INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR - Sunday 10 August 2014
David Cameron’s general election strategist has 
hired the former boss of a controversial 
corporate intelligence agency linked to a scandal 
that forced the resignation of Liam Fox as Defence Secretary.
The Independent has learnt that Lynton Crosby, 
the Australian political operator running the 
Tories’ general election campaign, appointed 
Eugene Curley to the board of two of his 
companies last month and that he is expected to 
take on a full-time executive role imminently.
The Conservatives have insisted that Mr Curley 
will not be working on the party’s election 
campaign. The Tories’ contract is not with Mr 
Crosby himself but with his firm CrosbyTextor. A 
number of CrosbyTextor employees are known to be 
providing external support to the party.
Mr Curley has a low public profile but enjoys 
close links with the highest levels of 
Government. He started his career at the Bank of 
England but then spent more than 25 years in the 
Foreign Office with postings in Mexico, Paris and 
to the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Most recently he has been working as chief 
executive of the secretive investigations agency 
the Good Governance Group (G3), which employs a 
number of former intelligence and security officials from around the world.
G3 specialises in providing intelligence for big 
business including “competitor analysis” and 
cyber security. The chairman of G3’s advisory board is the Duke of Westminster.
In 2011, it emerged that the firm was one of 
several companies with security interests to fund 
the international flights of Adam Werritty, close 
adviser to the then Defence Secretary Liam Fox. 
Mr Fox was forced to resign after he was found 
guilty of a serious breach of the ministerial code.
G3 also used to employ John Yates, the Met’s 
former head of counter-terrorism, who left 
Scotland Yard amid claims he failed properly to 
investigate phone hacking at the News of the World.
The agency was reportedly paid £1.5m by the 
government of Bahrain to “support [its] stance 
before the international community”. When he 
worked for G3, Mr Yates acted as police adviser 
to the dictatorial regime, which has been 
condemned for its brutal oppression of opponents.
When Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix took place 
against a backdrop of protests, Mr Yates appeared 
on news reports defending the stuttering reform 
process and describing the unrest as “criminal 
acts” against “unarmed police” who acted with “remarkable restraint”.
A Tory spokesman said: “It is categorically wrong 
to suggest Mr Curley will at any point be working 
on the Conservative campaign in any form.”
A spokesperson for CrosbyTextor said Mr Curley 
had been hired for his “outstanding experience in business”.
They added that suggesting or hinting that he is 
joining the CrosbyTextor group to work with the 
Conservative Party, or on the election, “is simple fabrication”.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, Mr Curley will 
be working for another division of the group that 
has no involvement with, nor does any work for or 
designed to benefit, the Conservative Party,” the spokesperson said.

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