The already threadbare reputation of Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps was further damaged today — with claims made to defend against initial questions over his honesty being exposed as utter bunkum.
Grant Shapps’ lawyers’ letter to this website, 29 October 2014:
“Our client has written business books under his pen name (Mr Green); but was studious in publishing his full name and biography alongside.”
Tory HQ statement 15 March 2015:
“Like many authors and journalists, Grant wrote with a pen name. This was completely transparent: his full name and biographical details were permanently published on the company’s main website.
So why has a forensic analysis of 700 archival pages from his HowToCorp.com website by the Guardian — including a ‘Michael Green’ biography — failed to find a single mention of his real name?
Tory HQ have now rowed back to their only safe territory, his declaration of a directorship and interest in How To Corp Ltd — though not the Michael Green pseudonym or his ongoing work for the firm — on the Register of Members’ Interests:
“The party chairman was open and transparent about his interests in his family business, not least through declarations to parliament.”
Stay tuned to Scrapbook for more on Shapps in the coming days.