UK Climate Change Committee head, @lorddeben facing calls to resign over what appear to be ‘colossal’ and ‘scandalous’ conflicts of interest

David Rose exposes another apparently corrupt green politician:

Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest: Climate Change chief John Gummer faces calls to quit over payments from ‘green businesses’ to his family firm…

  • Conservative peer’s family-run consultancy been paid huge sums by businesses 
  • MPs say Mr Gummer should have declared the payments – but he never has
  • He last night denied conflict of interest and said complied with disclosure rules

Tory peer John Selwyn Gummer’s private company has been paid more than £600,000 ($785,458 USD) from ‘green’ businesses that stand to make millions from his advice to Ministers.

The Conservative grandee heads the Government’s powerful Climate Change Committee that vigorously supports pumping billions of pounds in public subsidies into firms developing environmentally friendly technology.

Yet a Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered that his family-run consultancy has been paid huge sums by businesses that have cashed in on those lucrative taxpayer-funded handouts.

MPs say Gummer should have declared the payments – but he never has.
Last night, he vehemently denied any conflict of interest and insisted he had fully complied with disclosure rules.

He admitted his company received the payments, but insisted the work it undertook did not involve climate change issues.

Explosive documents leaked to this newspaper reveal that Sancroft International has been paid by at least nine businesses and campaign groups involved in projects to cut greenhouse gases.

That is the main aim of the committee 79-year-old Gummer leads – although policies it champions have been criticised for forcing up taxes and household energy bills.

Among the dossier’s contents, we can reveal that:

  • Engineering giant Johnson Matthey, which makes batteries for electric cars, paid Gummer’s firm nearly £300,000 over five years before he personally urged the Government to speed up plans to make all new cars on Britain’s roads battery-powered;
  • Venture capitalists Temporis Capital – whose profits from windfarms and solar energy projects are bolstered by huge Government subsidies – paid the company £50,000 between 2012 and 2017;
  • Controversial green energy producer Drax, which gets £700 million a year in Government subsidies, paid Sancroft £15,500 while the Climate Change Committee was writing a report on its activities.

Last night Gummer, who was a Tory MP for 40 years before becoming Lord Deben in 2010, was facing calls to resign over what appear to be ‘colossal’ and ‘scandalous’ conflicts of interest exposed by this newspaper.

Much, much, more at The Mail on Sunday

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February 2, 2019 4:34 pm

Gummer’s main claim to fame was “proving” British mad cow beef was fine to eat by feeding a burger to his 7 year old daughter on camera during his time as minister. A cynical act which disgusted the nation rather than reassure anyone.

Reply to  Greg
February 2, 2019 6:11 pm
Adam Gallon
Reply to  Greg
February 3, 2019 3:13 am

On that score, he was, however, correct.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  Adam Gallon
February 3, 2019 3:42 am

Maybe, maybe not. He might have been a bit reckless to say the least. People did die from vCJD, the human form of BSE. The first case to legally link a human death to mad cow disease was a young 20y.o. man. Though he was a vegetarian at the time of his death, he did eat meat (burgers specifically) in his earlier years.


Andy in Epsom
Reply to  Eamon Butler
February 3, 2019 4:19 am

vCJD has been one of the classic scares stories in the UK. First we were told that 100,00 people would die by 2000. Never happened obviously so they moved the date to 2010. The sad thing is it keeps getting aired to keep all the sheeple scared. It goes along with the warnings every couple of years that the latest flue will develop into a pandemic and kill tens of thousands. Global warming is going to kill us all. Eating eggs was going to give us all salmonella. I used to sit and wait for the BBC to wheel out the government mouthpiece who at the time was a person call Hugh Pennigton. AS soon as i saw him on the screen I knew it was going to garbage.

Reply to  Eamon Butler
February 3, 2019 5:07 am

suss out KURU in new guinea and research in UK long before the supposed”outbreak/discovery”
better lab/microscopes did make ID easier.
think Guns Germs and Steel has a pretty good chapter on it also.

once more its an idictment on the mass farm cafo and big agri pushing cheap waste crap and products TO animals they would never eat naturally if given an option

michael hart
February 2, 2019 4:40 pm

I’m somewhat surprised that anybody in the House of Commons is suddenly taking an interest: His dealings with the Green mafia are long standing and well known.
I ought to welcome this sort of news, but my first reaction was just “Meh. So what. Isn’t there any news?”

Mea culpa. I guess that’s how corruption thrives. Once it becomes established as normal then nobody bats an eyelid.

Reply to  michael hart
February 2, 2019 5:23 pm

Noooo ! Don’t tell me the climate change religion has its bad actors. I thought corruption was limited to the fossil fuel industry and its robber barons.

Reply to  Trebla
February 2, 2019 6:55 pm

According to all the trolls, only skeptics are on the take.

Reply to  michael hart
February 2, 2019 6:41 pm

That’s just it. We’re so used to the Goreacle, Hil-liary and DiCraprio buying up seaside mansions, endless holidaying on fuel-guzzling yachts and jet-setting around telling us to freeze to death in dark caves because sea level rise and carbon bad they’re obviously busting their @rses trying to show their followers how fkn corrupt they are, but still to no avail. Astonishing.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ЯΞ√ΩLUT↑☼N
February 2, 2019 7:42 pm

You do realize, don’t you, that excesses by our rulers/exemplars are proof of their exceptional, exalted status. We commoners view them with awe! I once saw Prince Charles in the National Inquirer!

Reply to  Dave Fair
February 2, 2019 8:14 pm

I’ve seen that wing-nut screwed to lots of bolts.

Reply to  michael hart
February 3, 2019 8:52 am


Agreed. This is hardly a secret. I have written on his involvement with various green schemes including Drax several years ago.

Reply to  michael hart
February 3, 2019 8:53 am


Agreed. This is hardly a secret. I have written on his involvement with various green schemes including Drax several years ago.

Dave Fair
February 2, 2019 4:40 pm

But … but … but … only oil company payments can corrupt a politician. Green rent-seekers are different; their paid-for politicians are pure!

Tom Halla
Reply to  Dave Fair
February 2, 2019 5:54 pm

Oh yes! Some forms of rent seeking are morally innocent due to the pure intentions of the recipients. It is more that wind and solar require the rules to be bent in their favor to prosper that makes it pure./sarc

February 2, 2019 4:43 pm

Gummer and Tim Yeo have gorged at the teat of ManBearPig funding since its invention. Yeo was deselected a few years ago by his constituents whilst Gummer was given a peerage. That alone gives him £300 per day with no tax liabilities. One word describes him its begins with P and ends with arasite.

Reply to  Jules
February 3, 2019 12:37 am

What is the difference between a politician and a mosquito? One is a blood sucking parasite and the other is an insect.

February 2, 2019 4:44 pm

Gummer bent? oh woe! tell me it ain’t so…

February 2, 2019 5:07 pm

Sancroft appears to consult on sustainability. Useless as breasts on a boar but an excellent vehecile for transmitting bribes. This guy is a slimy creature of the real Green Party.

Al miller
February 2, 2019 5:13 pm

Sadly, no surprise here. If you’re willing to lie about CO2, then why stop there. Time for criminal charges to start against these fraudulent persons.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Al miller
February 2, 2019 6:26 pm

That will be difficult as these people are connected to those that make the laws that people can be charged with.

Patrick MJD
February 2, 2019 5:15 pm

I am pretty sure that if one digs deep enough you will find this level of corruption across all politicians in every country with “climate change” as their major issue. That includes Germany, Australia and New Zealand. They are all involved, a never ending revenue stream. This is the stuff of revolutions.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 2, 2019 7:21 pm

Agree, but I think you missed a few countries.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Here in the great left State of Washington, the current governor wants to become the Green President — having ignored the home state’s problems. The latest is a nasty outbreak of measles, easily prevented had his team not been distracted by his green ideals.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
February 2, 2019 9:10 pm

I am sure I missed a few. Measles? Yeah a bit an outbreak here in Aus too. It’s ok tho, I am sure a solar panel and Tesla battery will fix that. Oh wait!

Gerald Machnee
Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 3, 2019 5:30 am

It is like the Volkswagen episode – they got caught and the others did not.
This one got caught – make it public.

mike macray
Reply to  Gerald Machnee
February 4, 2019 8:29 am

Gerald Machnee..
…”It is like the Volkswagen episode – they got caught and the others did not.”

re: VW Sins Of Emission, I believe Porsche and Audi also got caught, only Mother Nature’s lightning, by far the worlds largest producer of NOx escaped the Sinner’s roundup! Sin it seems, even if not original is still very popular!

February 2, 2019 5:35 pm

I’m still waiting for my first check from Big Oil/Big Coal, which my greenie friends claim I receive regularly. It turns out the the real money is delivered by the Big Green Blob.

With, what, something in the area of $1-2 TRILLION spent each year fighting the phantom menace of global warming, it is no surprise that plenty of this Green Blob money finds its way into the pockets of the politically-connected.

February 2, 2019 5:44 pm

Almost as good a plan as the one that had Solyndra handing over a large part of that $538 million “government funding” to Jug-ears as “campaign funds”

Reply to  clipe
February 2, 2019 6:13 pm

Thanks, there’s the pic to go with comment #1 above.

John Sandhofner
February 2, 2019 5:50 pm

“He last night denied conflict of interest and said complied with disclosure rules” Even if you disclosed it, the amount of the “payoff” definitely implies a conflict of interest. These lefties have become so comfortable with their big government connections that they have lost any perspective regarding how it is a conflict.

Reply to  John Sandhofner
February 2, 2019 6:06 pm

Gummer isn’t a “lefty” , he was a Conservative party minister for Thatcher. Oops.

Reply to  Greg
February 2, 2019 6:58 pm

That just means he’s not a communist.

Reply to  MarkW
February 2, 2019 7:50 pm

Crony capitalism socialism or communism what’s the difference? Yeah I know the good intentions that inter and slaughter millions.

Reply to  observa
February 3, 2019 12:42 pm

Crony capitalism is a form of socialism.
Under capitalism, government and business ignore each other.
Under socialism, government tells business what to do.
Under crony “capitalism”, government tell business what to do based on whoever paid the most to the various politicians.

Reply to  John Sandhofner
February 2, 2019 6:22 pm

He did not say he had declared, he claimed he had complied with regulations. Watch his lips.

My guess would be that he is saying ( for some reason ) he was legit in not declaring these conflicts of interest.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg
February 2, 2019 6:34 pm

Probably because the rules around complying with regulations are so vague they can be “interpreted” any which way with the help of a smart lawyer. And when you are paid the GBP300 p/day (About GBP110,000 p/a) on top of MP salary, they have lots of money to buy “quality legal advice”!

Steve Richards
Reply to  Patrick MJD
February 3, 2019 1:55 am

His GBP 300 per day is a ‘turn up and sign in fee’.

As he does not get an MPs salary, how is a suspect politician expected to live on GBP300 per day?

It is obviously reasonable to get paid for ‘outside’ employment if you are a greeny!

February 2, 2019 6:34 pm

Looks like the guy has lived through a couple climate cycles.
I hope to live that long, I’ll re-remember damn near anything as long it comes with buxom blondes 🙂

Dave Fair
Reply to  u.k.(us)
February 2, 2019 7:36 pm

I really don’t care if they are blondes or not.

February 2, 2019 7:33 pm

The Clinton cartel received tens of millions in bribes and our special council is not investigating any of it! Not even the money from the Russians in his supposed Russia probe! Mr. Mueller, where are you?

Dave Fair
Reply to  JimG1
February 2, 2019 7:49 pm

Mueller has been distracted from his chasing of Trump collusion with the Russians. Failing in that, he is taking anyone he can and showing that they have committed (some) crimes. Who was it that said “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime?” Stalin?

Previous generations of Liberals would have rebelled against using the investigative powers of the government against political opponents. Dirty, dirty stuff we are witnessing.

Reply to  JimG1
February 3, 2019 10:58 am

Jim: Mr. Trump can assign as many FBI agents to look into the Clinton cartel as he wants, and he promised to do so during the campaign. Mr. Mueller’s charter is limited to investigating Russia’s attempts interfere with our election and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with that effort. And to any efforts to obstruct that investigation.

February 2, 2019 7:44 pm

Al Gore gives the proceeds from his Inconvenient Truth book and movie to charity.
He doesn’t need that chump change.

Al Gore and a buddy of his are the founders of Generation Investment Management, LLP. You can google this.

They are investment managers for VERY large investors. Like, city and country pension funds.

So, Al Gore runs around the planet urging each and every country to require green technology to be adopted in that country. He also manages investments in this industry.

So, once he influences a country to go green – to declare their investing will be in green funds, he makes money managing those funds.

On top of all of that: he cannot lose. If the globe doesn’t warm, they just aim the Doomsday Date out further. If the globe happens to warm, he just does more fear-mongering.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 2, 2019 7:45 pm
Dave Fair
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 2, 2019 7:52 pm

Whatever makes the bucks. There is one born every minute.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 3, 2019 10:27 am

My favorite part is how Gore “purchased carbon offsets” to cover his carbon footprint by investing in Generation Investment Management.

February 2, 2019 8:19 pm

Greening and sustainability for the omniscient lofty peers. What’s the problem and what part of that don’t the deplorables get? Something morally uplifting for them to aspire to in their drudgery and ignorance.

February 2, 2019 9:27 pm

They are creaming off billions thanks to the gullible fools who listen to all the eco-crap.

Wallaby Geoff
February 2, 2019 11:35 pm

As with all these “green” schemes, follow the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If none to be made, they will be dropped like a hot potato. ‘Global Warming’ may seem to be about politics, but it’s about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Old Ranga from Oz
February 2, 2019 11:55 pm

Plus ca change….

Follow the Dollar investigations have proved the best way of exposing the rent-seeking academics, MPs and fellow travellers ever since Al Gore acknowledged political donations from the corn growers of the relevant US states. Ethanol was a nice little earner instead of producing corn cobs for stock feed.

February 3, 2019 1:06 am

“UK Climate Change Committee head, @lorddeben facing calls to resign over what appear to be ‘colossal’ and ‘scandalous’ conflicts of interest”

and those interests can be served with the fine art of circular reasoning made possible because underneath all that fine science and physics is the hidden hand of activism

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
February 3, 2019 1:51 am

I’m only astonished that someone is calling Gumboil out at last – his extreme claims about the catastrophic effects of climate change have been so bizarre that even the BBC has used his self-serving rantings sparingly. He is an embarrassment as is clearly shown by his swivel-eyed looney conduct and he has failed his country by leading an important government committee to make hugely wasteful and costly errors. As has been mentioned, most people were disgusted that he fed his child beef burger at a time when there were real concerns about the transmissibility of BSE just for a bit of cheap publicity.

February 3, 2019 2:45 am

If the Planet cools, the Greens will claim the credit for it. After all thy will have saved us from Hot house Earth, You cannot win.


George Lawson
February 3, 2019 2:52 am

A number of points arise from these grotesque revelations. 1. Were any other members of his committee receiving bribes? 2. Will the police investigate the accounts of the bribing companies to see who else they have bribed? 3. Have they bribed journalists and science editors in the MSM, the BBC and other broadcasting media? 4. Will the MSM now withdraw in retrospect, all articles that have been written based on this man’s official reports to parliament and have the courage to say they were misled? 5. Bearing in mind that his reports have been responsible for massive expenditure from the tax paying public, will he be prosecuted, and fined heavily if he is found guilty of these disgusting offences? Finally this might prove to be one of the best incidents that ever happened for we sceptics in our efforts to bring back some sanity and balance to the MSM reporting on the subject of climate change.

Adam Gallon
Reply to  George Lawson
February 3, 2019 3:22 am

1) More than likely, however, they’re staggeringly ignorant of all matters science.

Reply to  George Lawson
February 3, 2019 5:15 am

In answer to 1, one of the other committee members works for a company (Drax) that receives £700,000,000 per year in subsidies to burn U.S. wood chips in a power station that sits on a coal mine.

Geortge Lawsohn
Reply to  Jit
February 3, 2019 8:42 am

How on earth was this allowed to happen? This is a major case of corruption at government level, but has anyone heard it having been reported on the BBC or any other T.V. or radio network. Does the bribery extend beyond the Debden committee one wonders? We can only hope that the investigation will be thorough and by disinterested parties, and matters such as how much the lady was paid who worked at Drax and who was also on the committee. If the companies that have been involved in this bribery are found to be guilty, we need to be told that they will never ever be given another government contract.

A C Osborn
Reply to  George Lawson
February 3, 2019 8:30 am

1, Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes.
4. No
5. No.

We also know that there were plenty of others on that Garvy Train with him.

February 3, 2019 3:35 am

The news about Gummer will surprise no one in the UK . The connection between top politicians and Green energy businesses has been so obvious and blatant for many years .
Besides Gummer and Yeo there are several others of interest .
One is Cameron former PM whose father- in – law a big landowner, collecting £1000 / day from leasing land to windfarms (might be doubled now I think). Unsurprisingly Cameron wanted to lead the “Greenest Govt ever”
Most notorious perhaps is Chris Huhne, minister of Energy and climate Change until he was sent to jail for perjury , ie lying . On release this ex-con becomes a manager at the firm supplying wood chips to Drax power station , which he supported as minister . The Wiki detail is , surprisingly , revealing and less sympathetic to such a promoter of both self and renewables than you might expect.

-“Soon after his sentence, Huhne was appointed European manager of Zilkha Biomass Energy.[82] The firm makes wood chip pellets in the United States, selling them as green energy around the world and is owned by Selim Zilkha and his son Michael, who was a contemporary of Huhne’s at Westminster School. Huhne’s work in sustainable energy raised concerns that a cosy relationship between ministers (or former ministers) and energy companies may affect renewable energy policy adversely.[83] Huhne’s role is to be responsible for “growing the business in the European Union”.[84]
The Times reported that green subsidies for wood pellets, championed by Huhne when he was energy and climate change secretary, have cost the UK taxpayer at least 400 million pounds in subsidised power stations burning American wood pellets. The report suggests ministers following European renewable energy targets falsely assumed burning trees was carbon-neutral, while in fact shipping wood across the Atlantic produces more greenhouse gases than coal, at much greater prices.[85]”-

There was a time when a distinguished and very proper Labour Chancellor (Cripps in Attlee’s post war Govt)) resigned because a detail in his Budget had been leaked to the press before announcement in the Commons , and Wilson resigned as a health minister , although an ambitious and upcoming MP , because he could not , on principle, support charging for the newly established NHS.

Autre temps , autre moeurs .

The very idea of probity and principles reduces our British politicians to fits of uncontrollable and mocking laughter. Hope it is different where you are .

A C Osborn
Reply to  mikewaite
February 3, 2019 8:36 am

Just an extension of the Expenses Scandal.

February 3, 2019 5:09 am

Met our affable Mr Gummer once in the early days of Valpack 20 or so years ago when I applied for a position with the board.
I have no need for a repeat meeting, I learnt all I needed to know in the first 10 minutes.
He hasnt changed since

Ivor Ward
February 3, 2019 6:15 am

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

Johann Wundersamer
February 3, 2019 6:53 am

One doesn’t have to see it that negative.

Maybe he has paid the money into an account that will be freely accessible after the world collapsed.

Which will prove money doesn’t help against CAGW.

Steve richards
February 3, 2019 7:41 am

The sad thing is that announcements and policy advice from this committee has caused increases in energy prices, a slump in automobile production due it wanting to phase out diesels and petrol vehicles which had led to such a drop in sales that jaguar rover are downsizing and, just today, Nissan have announced they are not longer planning to build a new car here. It is amazing the damage that apparent conflicts of interest can cause.

Jon Scott
February 3, 2019 10:29 am

Just stand back and understand this has nothing to do with climate, more dangerous forces are at work but human ingenuity makes money out of crisis especially when you have government throwing money at any half baked idea as long as the words GWEEN, sustainable and Eco are liberally spread around in the description and oh there are so many experts and advisers who care SO much about the environment but care much MORE about a flow of easy money into their bank accounts without too many questions asked. All this while they jet and drive to critical climate conferences and nod and show concern as they vie with each other to make more and more alarmist predictions TWENTY TWO THOUSAND of them in Poland all wringing their hands all paid for by the tax payer in multiple countries and the only thing which mattered was when the next conference would be. This is a serious human failing which is normally controlled by reality. There is no reality in the Climate Industrial Complex…they just help themselves to more of our money!

will davis
February 3, 2019 11:32 am

The situation regarding the CCC has been apparent for several years. Yeo, ho, and a bottle of Gummer. We need more journalists to report what is going on . 1935-39 Germany all over again. Billions wasted in search of the ‘perfect climate’ before ‘MM Global Warming’ was invented. This time its all about money, politicians are the brown shirts.

February 3, 2019 12:19 pm

In February 2012, the U.S. Congress passed H.R. 5736—The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, which gave the media the legal authority to spread government lies:

Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012—Amends the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 to authorize the Secretary of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to provide for the preparation and dissemination of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, including about its people, its history, and the federal government’s policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures, the Internet, and other information media, including social media……..

Is catastrophic climate change covered in the Smith-Mundi Modernization Act?

Dave Ward
Reply to  Sommer
February 3, 2019 1:14 pm

“The preparation and dissemination of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, including about its people, its history, and the federal government’s policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures, the Internet, and other information media, including social media”

They’ve had the Voice Of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for decades. I still have a rather faded RFE/RL QSL verification card, dating back to when they used to play Western rock music to the former Soviet republics on Sundays…

February 4, 2019 5:40 am

Just this morning RT did an interview on Jimmy Dore on the subject of the lies being told by certain media.

February 4, 2019 8:23 am

“insisted the work it undertook did not involve climate change issues.”
Checking the Sancroft International website, under ‘Our advisors’:
“As founder and owner of Climate Coach International, LLC, Bryan helps organizations understand climate-related risks and opportunities and then design and implement practical (and cost-effective) climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

George Lawson
February 4, 2019 8:40 am

The pronouncements by Lord Debden have had such a profound effect on the global warming discussion since he was appointed chairman of the government’s Climate Change Committee, that any historical reports that he passed to the government and upon which the government made important decisions should be thoroughly investigated to establish on what grounds the reports were drawn up. Also, those parliamentarians, in addition to Lord Debden who have been associated with the Climate change fiasco over the years such as Huhne and Yeo, should also be investigated to see whether their income over the years of their involvement was supplemented with any contributions from the climate change industry. Finally, all companies that have received government contracts as a direct result of the Climate Change Committee’s recommendations should be made to report undue payments made to government employees, and if they refuse, they should be investigated.

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