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#408623 - 05/25/11 11:24 AM Cameron & Clegg at odds over Ashcroft appointment
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Clegg objected to the return of the man he denounced as "the baron of Belize".

With the help of his old friend, William Hague, Lord Ashcroft is to return to politics, acting as a lead adviser to the government on its review of the UK's military bases in Cyprus. It's nearly a year since Ashcroft gave up his non-dom tax status in order to keep his seat in the House of Lords but we can still expect this appointment to raise some eyebrows.

How does Nick Clegg feel about the return of the man he once denounced as the "baron of Belize"? The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg tweets that the Deputy PM made his objections to the appointment clear but that Cameron went ahead anyway. A Lib Dem source tells her that "you can't go the wall on every issue".

Expect Labour to use this apparent division at the top of the government to its advantage. I'd be surprised if Ed Miliband doesn't make at least one Ashcroft-related gag at PMQs tomorrow.

The New Statesman

#408678 - 05/26/11 09:50 AM Re: Cameron & Clegg at odds over Ashcroft appointment [Re: Marty]
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Lord Michael Ashcroft now senior independent adviser

Lord Michael Ashcroft

It was announced on Tuesday in London that Lord Michael Ashcroft has been named to a key government appointment. Lord Ashcroft will now serve as the lead adviser to the military review of British troops in Cyrus. According to the report, Liam Fox, the defense secretary said that Lord Ashcroft would serve as the unpaid senior independent adviser to the review of Britain’s sovereign military bases in Cyprus where three thousand troops are stationed. The statement from the defense secretary said “As part of the follow-on work to the strategic defense and security review, the prime minister, the foreign secretary and I have agreed that a separate study on the British sovereign base areas in Cyprus should be undertaken. The study will be informed by independent advice, and Lord Ashcroft has agreed to undertake the role of senior independent adviser, along with Patrick Mercer MP. The study is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.” The Guardian newspaper in London also reports that the Tories were determined on the appointment because Ashcroft has a long track record in supporting the military. His Victoria Cross collection, the largest in the world, is on display at the Imperial War Museum and he recently made a substantive donation of one million pounds to the Bomber Command Memorial appeal.

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