An MP who used taxpayers’ money to back her boyfriend’s non-profit consultancy work failed to declare extensive links to a lossmaking charity — and their joint partnership in a business set up to support it.
Scrapbook has now learned that McLaughlin and Campbell are still business partners in a firm set up to provide services to a charity they used to work for. The pair fulfilled various roles at the African Caribbean Network, before leaving to form a private LLP which claims to act “as the artistic programming team” for the charity.
Newbie MP McLaughlin has not declared the eyebrow-raising arrangement on the register of members’ interests.
Her decision to devote two days of staff time to such groups looks even more dubious given the apparent financial challenges faced by the charity. While their latest accounts show a small surplus, the network racked up losses of nearly £60,000 in the previous three years.
And the evasion doesn’t end there.
Having been given a parliamentary pass by his girlfriend, Campbell is nowhere to be seen on the relevant transparency register despite boasts of advising his clients on “lobbying the authorities to get what you need”.
McLoughlin and the SNP have not yet responded to Scrapbook’s requests for comment — while Campbell immediately put down the phone.