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Esther McVey: Why did she tell police to stop investigating the company that listed her as its secretary?

Remember earlier in November, when then-Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was revealed to be registered at Companies House as the Secretary of an apparently-dodgy campaigning organisation?

Ms McVey was named at Companies House as the secretary of Loyal Scots Company Ltd, a political campaign funding group allegedly worth £20 million. She had not notified the House of Commons of this financial interest. As secretary, she should be receiving correspondence to the company from HM Revenue and Customs, and may have broken the law by failing to file legally-required documents.

She said the person who brought the connection to public attention – Alex Tiffin – had not checked the facts, and that she had written to Companies House because her name had been used without her knowledge.

But it seems Companies House has done nothing and – according to Mr Tiffin – Ms McVey herself told police not to investigate after he alerted them to the alleged fraud:

Now, why would Companies House not do the former, and why would Ms McVey do the latter?

(I like the – deliberate? – mistake in the address listed in the tweet above, in which Wilmslow is listed as being in Denmark rather than Cheshire. Of course the number of the building on the street, together with the postcode, would be enough to ensure that any correspondence reached its intended destination.)

Given the information available, perhaps the police should be investigating the activities of Ms McVey, rather than Loyal Scots Company Ltd.

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