Exit On Judd Street: the gifts list

stonesTO the Town Hall, for a little Friday afternoon peek at the register councillors use to openly declare any gifts they are handed as part of the job or any hospitality provided by winers and diners. The cabinet of senior councillors seems the best place to start, but they hardly seem to have had a bean to report. Since May 1 2012, Julian Fulbrook, Valerie Leach, Tulip Siddiq, Angela Mason and Abdul Hai haven’t declared a thing on the gifts and hospitality list.

Finance chief Theo Blackwell’s only entry over that time is two sweatshirts from lettings people Rentify. I bet they look ace. Phil Jones, the environment guy, has only one entry too: a three course din-dins at Gaucho covered by Network Rail. Pat Callaghan has been up The Shard, while Nash Ali had a music concert day out at Hyde Park.

It’s interesting, if you run the list back to the years when Nash was leader, you’ll find he was, perhaps unsurprisingly, invited to a lot more gigs – and was given tickets to performances by Coldplay and Mumford and Sons at the Roundhouse at that time.

But that’s politics – and if you switch your eyes to his successor, Sarah Hayward, you’ll find a few extra invites seem to go with the territory. Since becoming leader at the Town Hall last May, she has declared, among other things, tickets to two outdoor film screenings at the British Museum, a ticket to the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball at the Dorchester (£500), a reception at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School, a trip up the Shard, a ticket to the Olympic Closing Ceremony (not sure if that was a gift, or a punishment) and the one to make us all completely green with envy: two tickets from the Royal Parks for the historic return to Hyde Park by the Rolling Stones. A real I-was-there moment.

CABINET GIFT LISTS TABLE SINCE MAY 1, 2012

1. SARAH HAYWARD LEADER

26/06/2012: Labour Group Reception and Dinner; estimated cost £45 Local Government Association
27/06/2012; Local Government Association/Price Waterhouse Coopers Dinner; estimated cost £45 Price Waterhouse Coopers
06/07/2012; Tickets to outdoor screening of Blackmail; estimated cost £20. British Museum
26/07/2012; Reception to mark Opening of Olympics – drinks and canapés; estimated cost £20. Mayor of London & Lord Mayor
12/08/2012; Tickets to Olympic Closing Ceremony; estimated cost £150 Mayor of London
17/08/2012; Tickets to outdoor screening of The Hollow Crown: Richard II; estimated cost £20. British Museum
21/08/2012; Dinner; estimated cost £30. Metropolitan Police
07/09/2012; Evening reception to celebrate contribution of deaf and blind – drinks and canapés; estimated cost £15. Greater London Authority
01/10/2012; Centre for London Labour Dinner; estimated cost £45. Centre for London
30/10/2012; Networking reception – drinks and canapés; estimated cost £20. University College London
14/11/2012; 5 Years of the UK’s Favourite Rail Station celebration – champagne reception; estimated cost £25. Searcy’s
20/11/2012; Invitation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball at the Dorchester Hotel. Estimated cost £500 Amy Winehouse Foundation
18/01/2013; Invitation to a preview of the View from the Shard; estimated cost £32. Peter John, the Leader of Southwark Council
25/01/2013; Invitation to Newham Council’s Burns Night Supper; estimated cost £100. Berwick Partners
10/05/2013; Evening reception at Cordon Bleu Cookery School; estimated cost £50. Cordon Bleu Cookery School
06/07/2013; 2 tickets to The Rolling Stones Concert at Hyde Park; estimated cost £190. N.B. – This has also been published on the GLA website and is the same as that event. The Royal Parks Board
07/08/2013; 2 tickets to a reception and tour of the Propaganda: Power and Persuasion Exhibition; estimated cost £30. The British Library

2. PAT CALLAGHAN

08/11/12 – Reception for the South Asian Community Diabetes Campaign at the House of Lords The South Asian Health Foundation (U.K.)
11/01/2013 – Invitation to a preview of View from the Shard, estimated cost £32 Sellar Design and Development

3. ANGELA MASON

NONE

4. TULIP SIDDIQ

NONE

5. THEO BLACKWELL

06/06/2013 – Two sweatshirts Rentify

6. ABDUL HAI

NONE

7. PHIL JONES

25/02/13; Three course meal at Gaucho Network Rail

8. JULIAN FULBROOK

NONE

9. NASIM ALI

27/07/2012; 5 x Tickets – BT London Live at Hyde Park Mayor of London

10. VALERIE LEACH

NONE

UPDATED: Some tweets in reaction to this post from the delighted Gift List beneficiaries

3 Comments on Exit On Judd Street: the gifts list

  1. 500 quid do at the Dorchester – obviously a woman who can’t get no satisfaction!

    Bit envious about the Rolling Stones gig, but don’t start me up!!!!!!!

    But hey, it’s only Rock n’ Roll!

    Daz

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  2. Peter Brayshaw // September 7, 2013 at 3:38 am // Reply

    Glad the historic gig was good. Of course, I was at the original Stones in the Park 45 years ago…but that was free! Seriously, despite some persistent press suspicion, local government, and maybe especially Camden, is completely free from anything that might lead to undue influence on decisions.

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