Malcolm Offord and No Borders
Written by Andrew Rosie:
“The Scotsman” reports to-day that Tory members in Lothian are upset that Malcolm Offord, who donated £150,000 to the party has been endorsed by Ruth Davidson as a Lothian List candidate over more established campaigners.
However, Offord’s main public political activity centred round the London based No Borders campaign which was given unrivalled promotion by the BBC in the run up to September 2014.
Stalbury Trustees contributed £50,000 to the No Borders,” the non political grass roots” campaigning group set up by the Greenock-born financier Malcolm Offord who chipped in £20,000 and distillers William Grant & Sons donated £25,000.
According to papers lodged by Stalbury Trustees with Companies House, the directors included the 7th Earl of Verulam; Lord Charles Edward Vere Cecil; the Marquis of Salisbury Robert Michael James Cecil and the Most Honourable Robert Edward Peter, Marquess of Salisbury.
In the No Borders video, they claimed “It’s for people who want to put their hands up and say ‘you know what? I don’t want to leave the union. It works for me. In fact, I rather quite like it. It’s rather like a cup of hot chocolate and I’d like to keep it.’. The status quo is always fine for millionaires.
In January 2016, The Herald reported that No Borders was fined by Companies House for failing to produce its referendum accounts in time despite having spent £462,800 during the 2014 campaign..
The leaked Scotland in Union list of donors supplied to the Electoral Commission showed that Malcolm Offord donated £7500 on 15 September 2016.
Malcolm Offord is on the board of the Scottish Rugby Union and has large stakes in Cashmaster (Holdings) Ltd and private equity and property firm Badenoch & Co.
He has also worked for the London based right wing think tank centre for social justice whose funding is, as usual, shrouded in secrecy
An account of the BBC’s promotion of the non political “grass roots” No Borders campaign group and be seen here,