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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 11:47

Does anybody know the circumstances of how David Hughes became a McCann "adviser"?

Had a good dig around the site but to no avail, although I did get a good laugh out of the council tax shenanigans.


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Post by tigger on 06.03.14 14:46

Clay Regazzoni wrote:Does anybody know the circumstances of how David Hughes became a McCann "adviser"?

Had a good dig around the site but to no avail, although I did get a good laugh out of the council tax shenanigans.



Who he?

(I must have missed something...)

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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 14:50

@tigger wrote:
Who he?

(I must have missed something...)

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-hughes/14/914/269

It's OK, his part in the whole shebang is remarkably low profile.

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Post by Penfold on 06.03.14 14:54

Gawd -not another "high profile media'  controversy  expert!

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Re: David Hughes

Post by tigger on 06.03.14 14:58

Clay Regazzoni wrote:
@tigger wrote:
Who he?

(I must have missed something...)

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-hughes/14/914/269

It's OK, his part in the whole shebang is remarkably low profile.

Weird, I only get an invite to join Linked In. I can't get past it.

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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 14:59

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Clay Regazzoni wrote:

Weird, I only get an invite to join Linked In. I can't get past it.

Just for you Tigger.

David Hughes has spent more than twenty-five years in public affairs and corporate communications consultancy, including periods leading up some of the UK's heading practices in these areas. As well as achieving notable public affairs successes in London, Brussels and Washington, he has managed a number of high-profile media controversies, and is an experienced writer and broadcaster. He has operated as both a leader and member of substantial multi-disciplinary teams, and as an individual counsellor to senior figures in both government and commerce.

He has advised a wide range of organisations including multi-nationals such as Toyota, The Body Shop and Unilever; trade associations in the energy, construction, and media industries; public bodies such as The City of London Corporation, the Crown Estate and the Commission for Racial Equality; and many other well-known bodies such as Cambridge University, the RSPCA, Equitable Life and the Royal Albert Hall.

During 2007 he was an adviser to Kate and Gerry McCann following the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine.

During the 2010 General Election, he was a member of Nick Clegg's communications team.

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Post by tigger on 06.03.14 15:03

roses 

Thank you, what a splendid fellow! Why didn't they ask him to Lisbon?

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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 15:37

@tigger wrote:roses 

Thank you, what a splendid fellow! Why didn't they ask him to Lisbon?  

Maybe he knows TOO much?  big grin 

I was intrigued by this article, where his name crops up.

McCanns' SOS to Miliband

THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann plan to appeal directly to Foreign Secretary David Miliband as pressure mounts on them as suspects behind her disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann, both 39, have been in touch with Mr Miliband since the start of their ordeal 131 days ago, and see the South Shields MP as their last option for support if they were charged with killing their daughter.

Speaking to the Gazette today, David Hughes, one of the McCann family's inner circle of advisers, said: "If the situation progresses much further, we'll make direct contact again with Mr Miliband to ask for his help and support."

Miliband D didn't become Foreign Secretary until 28/6/2007; at the time of the disappearance he was still Environment Minister, which I can't see as being of much help.

So, a mistake, or.....? And why was Mr. Hughes communicating this via the Shields Gazette of all places? And is it just me who reads it as a veiled threat?

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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 15:51

Clay - I am sure I have read that either the Mccanns allegedly knew the Milliband brothers - or there are allegedly links via work etc:-

http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t7268-video-david-milliband-foreign-sec-in-portugal-at-same-time-as-mccanns-made-arguidos?highlight=milliband

there are a couple more Milliband threads if you seatch their name on here but I think the above is the most relevant.

Curious isn't it?

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Post by Guest on 06.03.14 17:31

BlackCatBoogie wrote:Clay - I am sure I have read that either the Mccanns allegedly knew the Milliband brothers - or there are allegedly links via work etc:-

http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t7268-video-david-milliband-foreign-sec-in-portugal-at-same-time-as-mccanns-made-arguidos?highlight=milliband

there are a couple more Milliband threads if you seatch their name on here but I think the above is the most relevant.

Curious isn't it?

From your link -

A source close to Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, said last night: “It’s true, there haven’t been any phone calls at all from David Miliband, which has been a surprise to be honest.

Why is it a surprise?

When David Miliband suddenly departed UK politics (and, indeed, the UK) in April 2013, Labour selected Emma Lewell-Buck as its candidate to replace him as MP for South Shields after the previous favourite, Mark Walsh, withdrew citing personal reasons just hours before the vote took place. Lewell-Buck had previously worked in child protection. Yvonne Martin has also in the past worked in child protection in South Shields.

Such a small World.

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Post by tigger on 06.03.14 18:46

From the SOS link above.

Speaking to the Gazette today, David Hughes, one of the McCann family's inner circle of advisers, said: "If the situation progresses much further, we'll make direct contact again with Mr Miliband to ask for his help and support."

'One' of the inner circle, not counting other circles, how many exactly one wonders.


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Post by Nina on 06.03.14 18:58

I remember a McCann Christmas photograph released where there was a man sat on the settee who was a dead ringer to Milliband. It was very sharply removed from the Internet

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Post by bobbin on 07.03.14 7:59

@Nina wrote:I remember a McCann Christmas photograph released where there was a man sat on the settee who was a dead ringer to Milliband. It was very sharply removed from the Internet

Hi Nina, I remember a quick glimpse of a 'dead ringer for David Milliband's left forehead and distinctive identical hairline'. Someone at a later stage tried to say it could have been Callum McCrae, the very expensive web designer, favourite pupil of Uncle Phil in Scotland.

I don't think so though, the forehead, albeit a flash, was a more mature skin, Callum would have been only late teens at the time, what I saw was a mature skin.

It did disappear pretty darned quick, but I thought it was a bit of video, but it could well have been a photo, where the camera pulled back a bit, the milliband hairstyle was seen just briefly middle bottom right edge of the picture, then 'poof' it was no more available..... I think immediately after bloggers started talking about it.

What a surprise !!

As with the socks and plants on any of these fora, however, who come on-line and get all active and aggressive when something sensitive gets under discussion, I am certain that the same can be said for the 'sudden removal' like the fridge reference, of anything that is too risky to be out their for the McCs and indeed the 'protection of the bigger agenda'.

With PinkMitch now going for MP, with Justine McGuinness an MP, with Ester McVey a pin-up member of the elite government, with Gordon Brown supporting and possibly getting Gonçalo Amaral re-moved (who got too near to the truth for comfort) with Cherie and Tony (with his history) being so attentive, with Harriet Harman, her husband Jack Dromey, Patricia Hewitt being involved with PIE, with Patrick Rock now found with his hands in the child-porn till, (I'm very surprised this has not been put under a D Notice... what is this world coming to, when a guy like that gets 'arrested' instead of being 'protected and kept within the fold'), ...back to the McCs rushing back to the UK as Arguidos, with Milliband David introducing the McCs to MEPs at EU parliament re the 'tagging of children issue', etc. I am certain that this is all where we should be looking.

That Iconic child that was to be the 'symbol of the need to get all children tagged', for their own safety, would have made millions of cash for all those involved in manufacturing, selling, implanting the stuff and of course would make a very easy 'trace/surveillance system' for anyone of a 'Patrick Rock' type mentality who, neatly embedded in the highest political position, might find the material useful as a bargaining tool, and /or as a perpetually regenerating 'currency' as part of a PIE type exchange.

If we didn't already have 'screaming out loud' examples of the things mentioned above, I would think myself guilty of purporting theories, myths, innuendos, ludicrous lies, and bordering on the realms of paranoia.

But, the above are all out there in the public domain and are a harsh and brutal reality.

To try to ignore the above and tell oneself that such fantasies do not exist would be to fail the children who have been, are currently, and would be, in the future, exploited for the gratification of adults who are guilty of targetting, grooming and sexually abusing young souls.

I have no doubt that too much points towards pre-planning, and yes, I read the sudden removal of a milliband type hairstyle and the 'pointed' references in that local newspaper article to Milliband much more significant that just 'casually accidental'.

We know from Gonçalo Amaral (and it was self evident anyway) that interference came from right at the top, we know several of Maddie's photos are 'very marginal, if not explicit' (ice-cream photo/arm definitely photo-shopped) and we know that Maddie's original blood forensic results were second time round 'declared as uncertain'.

Finally, the man who has 'caused the McCs the greatest amount of grief, (according to them and their truly feeble witnesses in the current libel case) has said that we will all be shocked when we know what the case involves.




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Re: David Hughes

Post by Guest on 07.03.14 8:30

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@Nina wrote:I remember a McCann Christmas photograph released where there was a man sat on the settee who was a dead ringer to Milliband. It was very sharply removed from the Internet

Hi Nina, I remember a quick glimpse of a 'dead ringer for David Milliband's left forehead and distinctive identical hairline'. Someone at a later stage tried to say it could have been Callum McCrae, the very expensive web designer, favourite pupil of Uncle Phil in Scotland.

I don't think so though, the forehead, albeit a flash, was a more mature skin, Callum would have been only late teens at the time, what I saw was a mature skin.

It did disappear pretty darned quick, but I thought it was a bit of video, but it could well have been a photo, where the camera pulled back a bit, the milliband hairstyle was seen just briefly middle bottom right edge of the picture, then 'poof' it was no more available..... I think immediately after bloggers started talking about it.

What a surprise !!


This was all before my time; although I was interested in the case I didn't research it or anything. I posted elsewhere that in 2006 Miliband came under fire (from Chris Huhne, of all people) for his blog costing "almost £40,000" - no wonder people conflate him with Callum McRae, and not just by appearance!

And I take it still nobody knows how David Hughes got the gig, or who he was working for?

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Post by Guest on 07.03.14 9:46

Clay

Haven't had time to research David Hughes much but I have read that he was a close personal friend of the Mccanns (although this could mean anything) - I will try and find this source later, I think it was actually in one of the links on this thread - have a three year old juming on my head at mo  omg .

And I have also seen references to a picture allegedly showing one of the Milliband brothers sitting in the Mccanns front room - I thought it was a video, I will try and find it - does anyone remember what site it was on - there is always the way back machine remember.

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Post by Guest on 07.03.14 9:48

BlackCatBoogie wrote:Clay

Haven't had time to research David Hughes much but I have read that he was a close personal friend of the Mccanns (although this could mean anything) - I will try and find this source later, I think it was actually in one of the links on this thread - have a three year old juming on my head at mo  omg .


There's a bit about him here. http://iapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2010_Directory.pdf page 34/35. They sure did have a lot of close personal friends.

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Post by bobbin on 07.03.14 10:42

Clay Regazzoni wrote:
BlackCatBoogie wrote:Clay

Haven't had time to research David Hughes much but I have read that he was a close personal friend of the Mccanns (although this could mean anything) - I will try and find this source later, I think it was actually in one of the links on this thread - have a three year old juming on my head at mo  omg .


There's a bit about him here. http://iapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2010_Directory.pdf page 34/35. They sure did have a lot of close personal friends.

Is this the David Hughes you had in mind, Clay ?
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IAPC
Political Speciality: UK and European Union lobbying; opposition research;
demographic analysis; media training.
David Hughes has spent more than twenty years in political lobbying, campaigning
and media relations consultancy, and has led some of the UK’s leading practices
in these fields.(continued on next page)
Hughes, David
Company Name: PolVoice Ltd
17 The Paddocks
Wendover Bucks HP22 6HE
United Kingdom
Mobile: +44 781.180.4633
Email: davidhughes@polvoice.org.uk

He has represented and provided counsel to major multi-national
corporations, trade associations and governmental bodies, at both the UK
and EU levels.
For the last twelve years he has operated his own practice, at times assembling
teams of bespoke specialists.
He previously worked in the national media, and then led an environmental NGO
founded by The Duke of Edinburgh. Three times a candidate for the UK parliament,
he is also an experienced writer and broadcaster.  spin 

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Post by Guest on 07.03.14 10:45

@bobbin wrote:
Is this the David Hughes you had in mind, Clay ?

Yes, that's him. I can't understand under what circumstances he came to be in PdL representing the McCanns. Maybe I should just ask him?

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Post by Guest on 07.03.14 11:05

This link (SOS to Milliband) calls him a family friend - from the South Shield Gazette:-

http://www.gerrymccannsblogs.co.uk/press/5sep7/GAZETTE-11-09-07.htm

"Family friend David Hughes told the Gazette: "Both Gerry and Kate have been in touch with Mr Miliband, and Gerry once spoke to him for more than an hour about the situation."

And I have seen him referred to as a 'close personal friend' somewhere else as well, will post when I find it, mind you this could mean anything or nothing really.


Good luck if you contact him, let us know how you get on!.

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Post by j.rob on 10.06.14 13:20

With PinkMitch now going for MP, with Justine McGuinness an MP, with Ester McVey a pin-up member of the elite government, with Gordon Brown supporting and possibly getting Gonçalo Amaral re-moved (who got too near to the truth for comfort) with Cherie and Tony (with his history) being so attentive, with Harriet Harman, her husband Jack Dromey, Patricia Hewitt being involved with PIE, with Patrick Rock now found with his hands in the child-porn till, (I'm very surprised this has not been put under a D Notice... what is this world coming to, when a guy like that gets 'arrested' instead of being 'protected and kept within the fold'), ...back to the McCs rushing back to the UK as Arguidos, with Milliband David introducing the McCs to MEPs at EU parliament re the 'tagging of children issue', etc. I am certain that this is all where we should be looking.

That Iconic child that was to be the 'symbol of the need to get all children tagged', for their own safety, would have made millions of cash for all those involved in manufacturing, selling, implanting the stuff and of course would make a very easy 'trace/surveillance system' for anyone of a 'Patrick Rock' type mentality who, neatly embedded in the highest political position, might find the material useful as a bargaining tool, and /or as a perpetually regenerating 'currency' as part of a PIE type exchange.

If we didn't already have 'screaming out loud' examples of the things mentioned above, I would think myself guilty of purporting theories, myths, innuendos, ludicrous lies, and bordering on the realms of paranoia.

But, the above are all out there in the public domain and are a harsh and brutal reality.

To try to ignore the above and tell oneself that such fantasies do not exist would be to fail the children who have been, are currently, and would be, in the future, exploited for the gratification of adults who are guilty of targetting, grooming and sexually abusing young souls.
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Yes. It is irritating when those who try to get to the truth are labelled as 'conspiracy theorists' when it is quite obvious that the whole affair itself is part of a huge conspiracy. 

The 'Maddie abduction' story came at a time when the state in the UK where becoming more and more intrusive in terms of interfering with the individual's private life and right to privacy and right to make their own decisions.

The micro-chipping agenda would have benefitted a  great many parties (although not any individuals, imo - quite the contrary). It would have been pushed onto families on the back of 'the abduction' and there would have been the type of insidious and downright dishonest propaganda that the state using to push other ideologies onto people. 

Such as childhood vaccines, for instance, which have a fairly dubious safety record and a dubious risk/benefit ration. Yet there is agressive marketing and parents who ask questions or do not trust the propaganda are labelled as 'cranks' or 'conspiracy theorists' or 'selfish and irresponsible.'

If the state had managed to get some kind of micro-chipping of children agenda going, I have little doubt that similar tactics would have been used to cajole and coerce parents into dubious if not downright dangerous medical interventions of their children.

So if you were a parent who did not want their child to be electronically tagged like a sheep or an item of merchandise in a shop, you would no doubt be accused of being a selfish, negligent and downright irresponsible parents as, by not tagging your child, it would almost guarantee that your child would become the next 'Madeleine McCann' and be snatched from their bed by a nasty, evil, vile man. 

As Kate writes in her ghastly book: " We realize that Madeleine's abduction has been hard for every parent to bear. It has brought home to everyone how vulnerable our children are and how fragile our lives."


I wish I could stick those two in the stocks sometimes. They really are insufferable.

And I agree with the comments about the tagging of children having potentially extremely sinister motivations/potential consequences.

Very Brave New World and very sinister too. I would rather go and live on a desert island than submit my children to some ludicrous microchipping as advocated by lovely, caring parents like Kate and Gerry McCann. 

There are, on the other hand, many people, some listed above, who I would be very keen to have electronically tagged, and probably submitted to other Governmental and medical interference, just so I would be able to steer myself and my family well clear of them.

To protect my health and my right to privacy and right to make my own decisions.

Ahem, or should that be Amen!

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Post by j.rob on 10.06.14 13:35

That Iconic child that was to be the 'symbol of the need to get all children tagged', for their own safety, would have made millions of cash for all those involved in manufacturing, selling, implanting the stuff and of course would make a very easy 'trace/surveillance system' for anyone of a 'Patrick Rock' type mentality who, neatly embedded in the highest political position, might find the material useful as a bargaining tool, and /or as a perpetually regenerating 'currency' as part of a PIE type exchange.






 clapping  clapping  clapping 

And just think - Kate and Gerry were/are Ambassadors for Missing Children.

And - as Kate points out in her book - 'let's not forget that the perpetrator of this monstrous crime remains at large. This person who stole a little girl out of her bed and away from her family has been annonymous for too long. If nothing more is done, he will continue to hide in the shadows, evading justice, and will be free to strike again."

Quite so, Kate. A scary thought indeed for all little children and their parents.

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Might be Milliband...?

Post by missbeetle on 18.03.15 20:48

@Nina wrote:I remember a McCann Christmas photograph released where there was a man sat on the settee who was a dead ringer to Milliband. It was very sharply removed from the Internet
 
This picture I've clipped from the 'Article by Thentherewerefour' post/thread :

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The original poster believed this man to be Geraint Vincent...

...but to me, the fringe and hairline looks more Milliband.


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Post by Guest on 18.03.15 21:16

@missbeetle wrote:
@Nina wrote:I remember a McCann Christmas photograph released where there was a man sat on the settee who was a dead ringer to Milliband. It was very sharply removed from the Internet
 
This picture I've clipped from the 'Article by Thentherewerefour' post/thread :

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The original poster believed this man to be Geraint Vincent...

...but to me, the fringe and hairline looks more Milliband.


My thoughts only.

David Miliband is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilateral_Commission

While the Trilateral Commission is only one of many similar think tanks on the right and left, many notable conspiracy theorists believe the organization to be a central plotter of a world government or synarchy. As documented by journalist Jonathan Kay, 9/11 conspiracy theorist Luke Rudkowski gained notoriety in April 2007 by interrupting a lecture by former Trilateral Commission director Zbigniew Brzezinski and accusing the organization and a few others of having orchestrated the attacks of September 11 to initiate a new world order.[8] Conservative and right-wing groups such as the John Birch Society and right wing conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones also support this idea.

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Post by Tony Bennett on 18.03.15 21:41

Clay Regazzoni wrote:
David Miliband is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilateral_Commission

While the Trilateral Commission is only one of many similar think tanks on the right and left, many notable conspiracy theorists believe the organisation to be a central plotter of a world government or synarchy. As documented by journalist Jonathan Kay, 9/11 conspiracy theorist Luke Rudkowski gained notoriety in April 2007 by interrupting a lecture by former Trilateral Commission director Zbigniew Brzezinski and accusing the organisation and a few others of having orchestrated the attacks of September 11 to initiate a new world order.[8] Conservative and right-wing groups such as the John Birch Society and right wing conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones also support this idea.
I think looking for David Miliband in a Christmas-time photo of the McCanns at home with Kate's Mum and Dad might be a bit of a wild goose chase, despite the valiant efforts of Steve Marsden, ThenThereWere4 and now, latterly, missbeetle.

One point of interest, though, is that David Miliband adopted two U.S. children under very mysterious circumstances.

I'm surprised, however, that 'Clay', being from that neck of the woods, has not yet told us about arguably David Miliband's greatest achievement - his fantastic work for Sunderland F.C.

So great was the man that he commanded a fee of £8,333.33 per day while he was there, at least according to this article in the Daily Telegraph:  

David Miliband nets £125k for 15 days work at Sunderland FC


David Miliband has earned £125,000 for just over a fortnight's work at a Premiership football club, it has emerged.





Photo: PA



By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent

The former foreign secretary has earned £125,000 for 15 days’ work since becoming a director of Sunderland football club in February 2011. The figure is, pro rata, the equivalent of nearly £42,000 a week, or more than £2.1million a year.

The sum is more than £40,000-a-week striker Louis Saha and higher than defender Titus Bramble’s £30,000- a-week deal, the Daily Mail reported.

In total, the South Shields Labour MP has registered nearly £1million of outside earnings since the 2010 Labour election.

After losing the Labour leadership to his younger brother Ed, Mr Miliband went on to make £985,315 from the public speaking circuit and his work as an adviser.

The figure, drawn from the register of MPs’ interests, includes hospitality, travel and gifts.

Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "MPs can have outside interests if they're declared, but it becomes an issue when it impacts on their constituency and parliamentary work.

"Taxpayers expect their MP to help solve local problems and represent their interests in Westminster, not jet off around the globe picking up huge pay cheques they can only dream of.

"The only way that constituents can have a proper check on the behaviour of their MP is to introduce the right to recall them at any time during their term. That would mean politicians were out fighting for taxpayers' interests rather than their own."

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps asked whether Mr Miliband provided value for money.

He told the Mail: With a fee like that you’d expect to see David Miliband on the pitch! Per appearance, he’s on a par with players like Saha. Sunderland should red card this behaviour.”

Mr Miliband has found time to attend international summits and embark on speaking engagements since narrowly losing out on the Labour leadership. He has also made nearly £65,000 from the United Arab Emirates ministry of foreign affairs, and nearly £83,000 from the London Speaker Bureau.

Energy Investment firm VantagePoint Capital Partners has paid Mr Miliband close to £117,000 for consultancy work. The money is on top of his MP’s salary of around £65,000 a year.

Sunderland FC appointed Mr Miliband last February, despite the senior MP being a life-long supporter of Arsenal.

A spokesman for Mr Miliband said: “Outside earnings are submitted to the register of members’ interests which is rightly available to the public to view.”

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COMMENT:

Sunderland FC are in a spot of bother at the moment, having lost 8-0 at home to Southampton earlier in the season and just last week, 4-0, again at home, prompting the dismissal of their nice, but ineffective, manager, Gus Poyet.

I believe Alan Shearer is currently available as a potential manager?

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Re: David Hughes

Post by Guest on 18.03.15 21:54

One point of interest, though, is that David Miliband adopted two U.S. children under very mysterious circumstances.

@TB: What was mysterious about the adoption?

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