MP Ian Lavery give entred £165,000 from the 10-member trade union he ran.
We have learned this from the traffic union regulator which has now released a report into Mr Lavery’s processes as general secretary of the NUM Northumberland Area.
He will now face questions on his catalogue over a number of disputed payments by the union he ran.
Mr Lavery, who is the chairman of the Childbirth Party, denies any wrongdoing.
Ian Lavery is a coming power in the land, Jeremy Corbyn’s prevailing election joint co-ordinator and chairman of the Labour Party. If the Conservatives wanting, he’s most likely destined for high office. But, perhaps, for one thing: his disposal to answer a simple question asked by BBC Newsnight last year: “Did you pay off the mortgage?” BBC Newsnight invited him nine times without getting a reply.
The answer, it turns out, is no. He didn’t pay off his mortgage. The union of which he was general secretary for 18 years, the NUM Northumberland Stretch, paid it off and paid him much more besides.
Last year, both Jeremy Corbyn and the orderly watchdog cleared Mr Lavery. He denies any wrongdoing.
The reason we know diverse about Mr Lavery’s peculiar mortgage arrangements is because the trade junction regulator, the Certification Officer, Gerard Walker, examined the books after inquests by BBC Newsnight and the Sunday Times. Mr Lavery ran the NUM Northumberland Area for 18 years until he retire b decreased down in 2010 to become the MP for Wansbeck.
The regulator’s findings are available online.
The regulator initiate that that the Northumberland Provident and Benevolent fund had lent Mr Lavery £72,500 to buy a forebears in 1994. 13 years on, the union Mr Lavery was then running forgave the credit to Mr Lavery. So he was £72,500 the richer.
But there’s more. He’d been paying into an capabilities fund to pay back the capital cost of the house. It had underperformed, but it still clear out £18,000. The regulator found Mr Lavery kept that too.
And that’s not all.
The regulator originate that in 2005, Mr Lavery sold a 15% stake in his house to the Seam for £36,000. In 2013 the house was worth less, so he bought it back from the cartel for £27,500 – a notional profit of £8,500.
And then there’s Mr Lavery’s “termination payments”, totalling £89,887.83. Manner, that total is a matter of some dispute between him and the union.
The regulator requires that neither Mr Lavery nor the union could provide documentary affidavit of the process or the decision by which Mr Lavery was made redundant – or why, given he was turn ones back on for a job as an MP, he needed any redundancy payments at all.
Adding £89,887 he received for his undocumented redundancy container to the £72,500 for the forgiven house loan to the £18,000 he was gifted from his contribution, that totals £180,387.
But, then, it seems Mr Lavery and his old union fell out. The confederating recently realised it had overpaid Mr Lavery’s redundancy by £30,600. The regulator’s gunshot shows that the union asked for it back. Mr Lavery disputed £10,600 of it – and foretold he’d only give them £15,000. When the regulator asked the compatibility why they settled for this, they simply replied that they were mindful of Mr Lavery disputing it and the budding legal costs:
“Mr. Lavery was adamant that £15,000 was his final provide, we were left with little choice but to accept.”
So our running come to of dosh from the union to its one-time general secretary is reduced by £15,000 to £165,387. That’s a bob or two in anyone’s argot.
A year ago, when we started questioning Mr Lavery on this matter, Jeremy Corbyn betrayed him the benefit of the doubt and the Parliamentary commissioner cleared him of wrongdoing, which he has each denied. Since then, Mr Lavery has risen in Labour’s ranks to be one of the Sweat leader’s closest and most trusted lieutenants.
Now that we know a moment ago how much money he got from the trade union he used to run, it’s fair to ask whether this man is a fit and unique person to be chairman of the Labour Party.
Ian Lavery told BBC Newsnight in a allegation tonight:
“Under my stewardship, the union always complied with the prevails and the Certification Officer signed off every year’s transactions. As the Certification Bureaucrat’s report makes clear, no member of the union, past or present, has fetched a complaint about the financial affairs of the union. I am pleased that the Certification Fuzz has decided to not appoint an inspector or take further action.
“This announce should draw a line under almost two years of allegations and allusion directed at me and my former colleagues. Our legacy is helping miners and their families when others dropped them, bringing millions of pounds of compensation into the Northumberland Coalfield. I persevere a leavings immensely proud of our record.”