Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60,000 charity travel expenses

Scrapbook posted last week on the extremely questionable patterns of spending at the charity run by David Cameron’s “urban talisman” and candidate for Hammersmith, Shaun Bailey. Published records indicate that the organisation not only spends extraordinary amounts on administration and publicity (which happens to feature Bailey heavily) but is unable to account for nearly £16,000.

Further digging prompts yet more difficult questions. Official records held by the Charity Commission indicate that the organisation operates in the London boroughs of Brent, Camden, City of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea. It is strange, then, that a local community charity should spend nearly nearly a third of its budget – some £60,000 – on travel and “subsistence” in just one year:

My Generation’s collection of London-based action projects leads one to wonder where on earth all this money is going. One possible explanation could be the Next Generation initiative run by (the long-established and very reputable) BSES Expeditions at the Royal Geographical Society. The programme aims to widen access to BSES’ overseas trips and, despite the similar name, is run with a number of other partners of which Bailey’s organisation is just one:

This is an international visitation and scientific study programme we run in conjunction with one our partners, The British Schools Exploring Society (BSES). The programme is designed to challenge and develop young people aged 16-20. The project runs over 10 months and culminates in a 6 week-long expedition to countries such as Madagascar and the Amazon Rain Forrest in Peru – My Generation

With the pre-expedition training programme fully funded by BSES, partner organisations and volunteers raise around £2,000 for each overseas place. The high watermark for My Generation applicants was four people for a trip in summer 2009, corresponding to a maximum of £8,000 under the account heading “travel, subsistence and motor”. Worryingly, this leaves more than £50,000 spent on other travel in one year – more than £4,200 per month!

So, for context, how much accommodation and travel could 50 grand stretch to?

  • 42,000 litres of petrol
  • More than 200 first class returns train fares from London to Edinburgh
  • 48 weeks in a five-star London hotel
  • Tickets for you and 50 friends for a nine-day cruises round the Mediterranean

Of course, Scrapbook is, erm, entirely confident that there must be some logical explanation to this!

Over to you, Shaun.

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  1. New post –> Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60k charity travel expenses http://is.gd/bJXG5

  2. RT @psbook: New post –> Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60k charity travel expenses http://is.gd/bJXG5

  3. RT @psbook: New post –> Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60k charity travel expenses http://is.gd/bJXG5

  4. So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel and subsistence in one year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  5. Allan Siegel says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60k charity travel expenses http://is.gd/bJXG5

  6. RT @psbook: So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel and subsistence in one year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  7. RT @psbook So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel & subsistence in 1 year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  8. RT @BevaniteEllie: RT @psbook So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel & subsistence in 1 year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  9. RT @BevaniteEllie: RT @psbook So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel & subsistence in 1 year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  10. RT @psbook: New post –> Tory candidate Shaun Bailey faces questions over £60k charity travel expenses http://is.gd/bJXG5

  11. RT @BevaniteEllie: RT @psbook So, @ShaunBaileyUK, how did your local community charity spend £58,899 on travel & subsistence in 1 year? http://is.gd/bJXG5

  12. RT @psbook #hammersmith tory candidates local community charity spent £60k on travel&subsistence last year http://is.gd/bJXG5 #toryfail

  13. [...] Since then more questions have come to light, as noted by Political Scrapbook blog. [...]

  14. http://bit.ly/acikuw —-> Sadly I'm not surprised. At all.

  15. el jeffe says:

    does Cameron still have his "urban talisman"? hahahahahaha! http://bit.ly/cZ1Qa9 #toryscum #primeminister #libdemshame we shall see!

  16. @Buscemian you'd think Bailey would want to forget about the charity bit… http://tiny.cc/fba3c

  17. Michael Loughlin says:

    Can you tell me if this Bailey character is involved in GoGen? (The similarities with MyGen seemed striking.) GoGen has persuaded charities like Red Cross and NSPCC to ‘outsource’ fund-raising activities to the private sector. I had a very unpleasant call from GoGen and I have withdrawn my subs from Red Cross (after being a supporter for 17 years) in protest. I have since heard of other cases of unpleasant harrassment. As Marx would have predicted, absolutely everything – including the voluntary sector – is now being taken over by private agencies and used as a vehicle for profit. Whether or not he’s involved with GoGen, Bailey is a monster and insults people’s intelligence with the “street” image he projects. I hope you can expose him for what he is.

  18. .@Labourpaul You should see his charity's "accounts", if you can call them that. http://bit.ly/9D6926 http://bit.ly/acikuw

  19. Sabina O says:

    RT @psbook: .@Labourpaul You should see his charity's "accounts", if you can call them that. http://bit.ly/9D6926 http://bit.ly/acikuw

  20. dear says:

    RT @psbook: .@Labourpaul You should see his charity's "accounts", if you can call them that. http://bit.ly/9D6926 http://bit.ly/acikuw

  21. [...] back-office costs and an inexcusable failure to account for nearly £16,000 in funds.Further digging revealed that despite being a local charity with its focus centered on neighbouring London boroughs, the [...]

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