Here’s a clip of Guido Fawkes’ exclusive. I’d encourage you to visit the page yourself – he’ll appreciate the advertising revenue.
In a nutshell, the ‘story’ is, first, that Art Malik’s company (ML&J Ltd) engages as its company secretary his wife, Gina. And, second, that his accountants offer specialist offshore planning advice.
As to the first, it doesn’t. She resigned almost four years ago.
This was just eleven days after her appointment.
God knows why: probably an administrative balls-up.
As to the second, it looks as though the Board of the Conservative Party prepares its own accounts. But the Registered Treasurer is Simon Day, who used to work for BDO. And BDO are now also its auditors.
And here, amongst other services, are those offered by BDO, including offshore tax planning.
Like it or not, this is pretty standard stuff.
I don’t think it’s much of a story that the Conservative Party’s auditors do it. And I also don’t think it’s much of a story that Art Malik – whoever he is – has accountants that do it. But if you disagree with one you must also disagree with the other.Follow @jolyonmaugham
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That’s a very poor standard of reporting, Guido. A little research to check your facts, as Jolyon has clearly done, might have saved you this embarrassment.
As you say, this resignation should have been easily picked up. But I find it intriguing that the appropriate form (which was due 14 days after the event) was not submitted to Companies House until June 2013 along with a whole bunch of other forms relating to events in March 2012 including a share allocation and Mr Malik’s appointment as director. Was this simply a “balls up” as you suggest? If it was, it seems to be a big one and not just a simple oversight. The director who signed the accounts in December 2012 is later said, in June 2013, to have resigned in March 2012. A cynic might think someone, in 2012, had something to hide. Again, as you say, this is “pretty standard stuff”. As the accounts and annual return show, it is very standard tax avoidance – putting shares in the name of family members and taking loans rather than paying dividends. I’m not sure why Guido thought there was a story here.