Convicted fraudster Tony Ramsden facing calls to resign from post as branch chairman of the FSB

Tony Ramsden

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Lauren Tompkins

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CONVICTED criminal Tony Ramsden is facing calls to resign from his new post leading a key business association.

As the Daily Echo reported yesterday, Mr Ramsden has been elected chairman of a local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – despite being jailed for 10 months last year for dishonesty.

Poole mayor Cllr Phil Eades told the Daily Echo that Mr Ramsden should resign his post with the federation’s Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch branch.

“I couldn’t believe he had the brass neck to put himself forward,” said Cllr Eades.

“He needs to resign. People in the small business community need to have no more to do with this organisation while he’s part of it.”

Planning consultant Mr Ramsden was convicted by a jury last September of obtaining credit as an undisclosed bankrupt. He also pleaded guilty to five offences under the Insolvency Act.

Mr Ramsden, who has been bankrupted three times, was described by a judge as “a liability in business”.

He was disqualified as a company director for six years.

Ken Park, of Ken Parke Planning Consultants in Winton, has said he was “speechless” at Mr Ramsden’s election.

And Lauren Tompkins, who opened the craft shop Create It All at Southbourne six months ago, said she now wanted to resign her membership of the FSB.

She said: “I was flabbergasted. When you go into business, you need people who you can trust. How can you trust an organisation that’s designed for small businesses when the chairman is somebody who’s been put in jail and been bankrupted three times?”

Mr Ramsden ran the consultancy Planning Solutions before his imprisonment last year. From 1999-2003, he was a Conservative councillor for Talbot and Branksome Woods.

His father, David, is secretary of the FSB’s Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch branch and the federation’s national chairman on tax and economic affairs. He has also been bankrupted.

Tony Ramsden said yesterday: “I have no comment to make.”

The Wessex Region of the FSB had not commented at the time of going to press.

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7:10am Sat 15 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it.
What does the FSB stand for?
Failed Society of Bankrupt's ?
It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it. What does the FSB stand for? Failed Society of Bankrupt's ? BIGTONE
  • Score: 19

7:48am Sat 15 Mar 14

Distressed of Dorset says...

BIGTONE wrote:
It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it.
What does the FSB stand for?
Failed Society of Bankrupt's ?
Yes, one has to believe that Ramsden's father David was a central player in this outrage. How could he not have been?

This raises the question: As Tony Ramsden is clearly obliged to resign, isn't David Ramsden - who most certainly was aware of his son's catastrophic financial record and criminal history - also obliged to resign?

David Ramsden has a senior position in the FSB at the national level. He recently gave "expert" testimony before a Parliamentary committee. It is time for him to go.

Equally, David Ramsden - former bankrupt - is obliged to consider his position as Main Board Director at the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. That organisation is responsible for handing out 10s of millions of pounds of public money!

Father and son Ramsden have no business anywhere near positions of public trust.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it. What does the FSB stand for? Failed Society of Bankrupt's ?[/p][/quote]Yes, one has to believe that Ramsden's father David was a central player in this outrage. How could he not have been? This raises the question: As Tony Ramsden is clearly obliged to resign, isn't David Ramsden - who most certainly was aware of his son's catastrophic financial record and criminal history - also obliged to resign? David Ramsden has a senior position in the FSB at the national level. He recently gave "expert" testimony before a Parliamentary committee. It is time for him to go. Equally, David Ramsden - former bankrupt - is obliged to consider his position as Main Board Director at the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. That organisation is responsible for handing out 10s of millions of pounds of public money! Father and son Ramsden have no business anywhere near positions of public trust. Distressed of Dorset
  • Score: 25

7:57am Sat 15 Mar 14

susi.m says...

Some idiots must have voted for this horrid man.
Come forward you idiots and be counted. Tell us all why you did vote for him.
Those who didn't vote for him should resign from the FSB until he does.
Some idiots must have voted for this horrid man. Come forward you idiots and be counted. Tell us all why you did vote for him. Those who didn't vote for him should resign from the FSB until he does. susi.m
  • Score: 17

8:31am Sat 15 Mar 14

Jackanackanory says...

In the previous article on this story, it states Jeff Pearce of Oakpark Security Dorset, who is the vice-chair of the Wessex FSB was unaware of this conviction. If this is the case, how can David Ramsden remain as the secretary if he has withheld this crucial piece of information.

Come on Echo, please persist in obtaining comments from the other committee members to establish how this farcical appointment was made, and whether they were aware of Tony Ramsden's past...
In the previous article on this story, it states Jeff Pearce of Oakpark Security Dorset, who is the vice-chair of the Wessex FSB was unaware of this conviction. If this is the case, how can David Ramsden remain as the secretary if he has withheld this crucial piece of information. Come on Echo, please persist in obtaining comments from the other committee members to establish how this farcical appointment was made, and whether they were aware of Tony Ramsden's past... Jackanackanory
  • Score: 21

9:08am Sat 15 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

I think that ramsden senior is also linked to a few other organisations.
I think that ramsden senior is also linked to a few other organisations. pete woodley
  • Score: 14

9:15am Sat 15 Mar 14

wonderway says...

looks like both should go

one for lies to fsb

son for hiding his past frauds

also committee staff for not doing full due diligence on this cheat

the FSB has been tainted for years to come by the RAMSDEN FAMILY
It now needs to clear out senior committee members to enable this matter to be rectified

i hope the FSB's head office sort this quickly
looks like both should go one for lies to fsb son for hiding his past frauds also committee staff for not doing full due diligence on this cheat the FSB has been tainted for years to come by the RAMSDEN FAMILY It now needs to clear out senior committee members to enable this matter to be rectified i hope the FSB's head office sort this quickly wonderway
  • Score: 15

9:47am Sat 15 Mar 14

Mad Karew says...

Why is the Ist Civic Office Holder in Poole ie the Mayor of Poole Cllr Phillip Eades making any comment at all, he is supposed to keep a completely non biased neutral view during his year of office as Mayor of Poole, concentrating on busying himself in being an ambassador for the people of Poole not commenting on the disgraced Tony Ramsden, obviously in an attempt to gain popularity in his other role as PPC for MP for Poole for the Liberal Democrats next year. This is not the first time he has well overstepped the mark leading on the Temporary Stopping Place debacle was another of his recent political grandstands! I do not know who is to be the Mayor next year but hopefully whomever he/she is they will not blatantly politicise the ancient office of Mayor of Poole, disgraceful behaviour!.
Why is the Ist Civic Office Holder in Poole ie the Mayor of Poole Cllr Phillip Eades making any comment at all, he is supposed to keep a completely non biased neutral view during his year of office as Mayor of Poole, concentrating on busying himself in being an ambassador for the people of Poole not commenting on the disgraced Tony Ramsden, obviously in an attempt to gain popularity in his other role as PPC for MP for Poole for the Liberal Democrats next year. This is not the first time he has well overstepped the mark leading on the Temporary Stopping Place debacle was another of his recent political grandstands! I do not know who is to be the Mayor next year but hopefully whomever he/she is they will not blatantly politicise the ancient office of Mayor of Poole, disgraceful behaviour!. Mad Karew
  • Score: 2

9:54am Sat 15 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

I got a paper round so don't earn much
I would not let Benny Hills lookalike (pic above)
near my wages.
I got a paper round so don't earn much I would not let Benny Hills lookalike (pic above) near my wages. nickynoodah
  • Score: 5

9:56am Sat 15 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Mad Karew.As you say its NOT the first time Eades has gone vote catching,and using his position for unfair advantage,which brings it into disrepute.He is without doubt the worst mayor Poole has ever had.As a Poole man born and bred i can not remember anyone else disgracing the position so much.and still getting support from his cronies.
Mad Karew.As you say its NOT the first time Eades has gone vote catching,and using his position for unfair advantage,which brings it into disrepute.He is without doubt the worst mayor Poole has ever had.As a Poole man born and bred i can not remember anyone else disgracing the position so much.and still getting support from his cronies. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

10:00am Sat 15 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

BIGTONE wrote:
It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it.
What does the FSB stand for?
Failed Society of Bankrupt's ?
Which is why BOTH simply have to go if the local FSB is to recover any useful credibility. This whole scandalous affair inevitably raises very serious questions about the judgement - and that is putting it generously - of BOTH individuals and those concerns must already be impacting upon the other influential public roles at least one of them holds.

However, a public comment from their former colleague/co-Directo
r in the local Town Hall would now seem to be just a little overdue..........
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: It seems like daddy got him the job by the look of it. What does the FSB stand for? Failed Society of Bankrupt's ?[/p][/quote]Which is why BOTH simply have to go if the local FSB is to recover any useful credibility. This whole scandalous affair inevitably raises very serious questions about the judgement - and that is putting it generously - of BOTH individuals and those concerns must already be impacting upon the other influential public roles at least one of them holds. However, a public comment from their former colleague/co-Directo r in the local Town Hall would now seem to be just a little overdue.......... muscliffman
  • Score: 12

11:35am Sat 15 Mar 14

iseestupidpeople says...

So both father and son are terrible at running businesses (both declared bankrupt) but both work for the FSB???? Great! That really makes me want to sign up.....NOT!
So both father and son are terrible at running businesses (both declared bankrupt) but both work for the FSB???? Great! That really makes me want to sign up.....NOT! iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Bob49 says...

Jackanackanory wrote:
In the previous article on this story, it states Jeff Pearce of Oakpark Security Dorset, who is the vice-chair of the Wessex FSB was unaware of this conviction. If this is the case, how can David Ramsden remain as the secretary if he has withheld this crucial piece of information.

Come on Echo, please persist in obtaining comments from the other committee members to establish how this farcical appointment was made, and whether they were aware of Tony Ramsden's past...
Unaware ?

Unaware that the son of the secretary had been jailed after a very public and well reported trial ? Jailed for business related offences.

Was this never mentioned to him or discussed with other members ?

Hmmmm
[quote][p][bold]Jackanackanory[/bold] wrote: In the previous article on this story, it states Jeff Pearce of Oakpark Security Dorset, who is the vice-chair of the Wessex FSB was unaware of this conviction. If this is the case, how can David Ramsden remain as the secretary if he has withheld this crucial piece of information. Come on Echo, please persist in obtaining comments from the other committee members to establish how this farcical appointment was made, and whether they were aware of Tony Ramsden's past...[/p][/quote]Unaware ? Unaware that the son of the secretary had been jailed after a very public and well reported trial ? Jailed for business related offences. Was this never mentioned to him or discussed with other members ? Hmmmm Bob49
  • Score: 3

6:40pm Sat 15 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Wheres jeff pearce from ?,he might not have known about the ramsdens.
Wheres jeff pearce from ?,he might not have known about the ramsdens. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

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