Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Telling Boris where to go" Seminar aka "Local Government, Ethical Investment & the Law" (with Podcast Link)

This morning I spoke on behalf of UNISON at a breakfast seminar at the the headquarters of law firm, Bindmans, in central London.

Bindman had acted on behalf of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in their recent Judicial Review High Court victory, overturning the attempt by the Government to make Local Government Pension Schemes invest in accordance with UK Foreign Office and defence policy.

How completely bonkers is it that my pension fund can only invest overseas in accordance with the whims of UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson?

The first speaker was Nigel Giffin QC who was counsel for PSC (he was also the QC who advised the LGPS Pension board that there was no Crown promise or guarantee for funds if they go bust - Newham Connection)

Next was Jamie Potter, Partner Public Law and Human Rights, Bindmans LLP, who instructed Nigel.

I spoke last on behalf of UNISON on the implications for the LGPS and on wider procurement issues.

If you have an hour or so to spare of your life you can listen in full to the podcast of the seminar here https://soundcloud.com/bindmans-llp/seminar-local-government-ethical-investment-and-the-law

I am on about 49 minutes in (still amazed how northern/scouse I still sound after 29 years in London).

The Q&A was very good but not podcast.

I will post a summary of my presentation soon in the form of an article.

The plans to muzzle the LGPS are scary enough but the Tory plans to politicise and then command and control Council procurement is just corrupt and we need to call this out as such (in my personal opinion for what it is worth)

Many thanks to Mark Beacon, UNISON International Officer for his help and support.

(Afterwards, I was able to go and catch the tail end of an excellent seminar nearby on LOBOs & Housing Investment). 

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