Father of disgraced businessman Tony Ramsden quits role as director of Dorset LEP

Father of disgraced businessman Tony Ramsden quits role as director of Dorset LEP

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THE father of disgraced businessman Tony Ramsden has resigned his post with a public body that hands out tens of millions of pounds.

David Ramsden said Daily Echo reports about his son had prompted his resignation as a director of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

Tony Ramsden had resigned within 24 hours of the Echo revealing that he had been appointed chairman of the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.

The appointment came soon after he was released early from a 10-month jail sentence.

David Ramsden was the branch’s secretary and has previously been its chairman.

He is the federation’s national chairman on tax and economic affairs, despite having been bankrupted in the past.

Local Enterprise Partnerships were set up to involve the business community in channelling public money to promote economic growth. The Dorset LEP had already secured more than £45million for local projects.

In a statement, David Ramsden said: “As a result of the adverse publicity afforded to me by the Bournemouth Daily Echo and because the LEP is a publicly-funded body, unlike the FSB which takes no public funding, I decided to offer my resignation from the board of the Dorset LEP, which the chairman has accepted with regret.

“I was appointed to the board in my own right and not because I was a member of the FSB.

“During my time as a director of the LEP I have had the privilege of leading the Growing Places Fund in Dorset and hope that in some small way I have made a contribution to the improvement of the economy in Dorset.

“I would like to make it clear that my role within the LEP was a voluntary role which carried no remuneration, nor expenses.”

The chairman of Dorset LEP, Gordon Page, said: “He has tendered his resignation for personal reasons. I accepted it and also his resignation from his place on the Growing Places steering group.”

Cllr Philip Eades, who stressed he was speaking as a Poole councillor rather than in his role as the town’s mayor, said: “I have been pestering the Dorset LEP for more than a year on their recruitment and appointment procedures.

“I welcome the resignation of Mr Ramsden but still remain concerned that too much of the LEP’s work and their decisions are taken and kept in secret.”

David Ramsden led Dorset LEP’s Growing Places Fund, which won £9.6m from government to lend to projects which would generate economic activity and growth.

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10:27am Thu 20 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Why has he not also resigned from the FSB?
Why has he not also resigned from the FSB? speedy231278
  • Score: 13

10:56am Thu 20 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Did he jump or was he really pushed.......

It seems Dorset LEP's repute may have been compromised, so for everyone's sake it's activities now need be properly reviewed - especially in relation to dealings with Bournemouth Town Hall.

Perhaps this growing story still has a long way to run.
Did he jump or was he really pushed....... It seems Dorset LEP's repute may have been compromised, so for everyone's sake it's activities now need be properly reviewed - especially in relation to dealings with Bournemouth Town Hall. Perhaps this growing story still has a long way to run. muscliffman
  • Score: 13

10:59am Thu 20 Mar 14

UrbanCrab says...

I'm sure the people in Boscombe loved it when you handed ovr the cheque for 1.5 million to allow The council and the Bournemouth 2026 (another group that acts largely in secret) to knock down the BCCA, and children's theatre, for a substandard affordable housing scheme. Thereby funding the asset stripping if a historical asset in a deprived area.

Good Riddance, now resign from the FSB.
I'm sure the people in Boscombe loved it when you handed ovr the cheque for 1.5 million to allow The council and the Bournemouth 2026 (another group that acts largely in secret) to knock down the BCCA, and children's theatre, for a substandard affordable housing scheme. Thereby funding the asset stripping if a historical asset in a deprived area. Good Riddance, now resign from the FSB. UrbanCrab
  • Score: 16

11:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

UrbanCrab says...

muscliffman wrote:
Did he jump or was he really pushed.......

It seems Dorset LEP's repute may have been compromised, so for everyone's sake it's activities now need be properly reviewed - especially in relation to dealings with Bournemouth Town Hall.

Perhaps this growing story still has a long way to run.
I concur. There are quite a few group that need close scrutiny.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Did he jump or was he really pushed....... It seems Dorset LEP's repute may have been compromised, so for everyone's sake it's activities now need be properly reviewed - especially in relation to dealings with Bournemouth Town Hall. Perhaps this growing story still has a long way to run.[/p][/quote]I concur. There are quite a few group that need close scrutiny. UrbanCrab
  • Score: 9

11:32am Thu 20 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

Another one bites the dust......... just shows the power of the local press and reader participation. Just think what could be achieved if the Echo's Editor wasn't in Beesley's pocket.
Another one bites the dust......... just shows the power of the local press and reader participation. Just think what could be achieved if the Echo's Editor wasn't in Beesley's pocket. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 14

12:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bob49 says...

So he resigned because of the publicity - not that he thought that there was anything amiss

We have to presume that had this stone not been lifted there would have been no resignation.

You have to wonder how long locals will continue to accept this shameful level of behaviour in public office, or is only when the Noddy train is threatened that anyone concerns themselves.

Any wonder that the town is being systemically stripped of it's publically owned assets.
So he resigned because of the publicity - not that he thought that there was anything amiss We have to presume that had this stone not been lifted there would have been no resignation. You have to wonder how long locals will continue to accept this shameful level of behaviour in public office, or is only when the Noddy train is threatened that anyone concerns themselves. Any wonder that the town is being systemically stripped of it's publically owned assets. Bob49
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jinglebell says...

David Ramsden said: “As a result of the adverse publicity afforded to me by the Bournemouth Daily Echo.....I basically have to sling my hook.
From Ramsden's comments, one would imagine that all was above board until the The Echo explained the situation. The truth seems to allude Mr. Ramsden.
Mr. Ramsden knew what he was doing and believed he could continue; now he is astonished at the consequences.
This seems to be a murky world with many linking organisations and groups handling Millions of £'s of public money. Bearing in mind that David Ramsden also has links to Government as a lobbyist, once wonders where the buck will finally lay.
David Ramsden said: “As a result of the adverse publicity afforded to me by the Bournemouth Daily Echo.....I basically have to sling my hook. From Ramsden's comments, one would imagine that all was above board until the The Echo explained the situation. The truth seems to allude Mr. Ramsden. Mr. Ramsden knew what he was doing and believed he could continue; now he is astonished at the consequences. This seems to be a murky world with many linking organisations and groups handling Millions of £'s of public money. Bearing in mind that David Ramsden also has links to Government as a lobbyist, once wonders where the buck will finally lay. jinglebell
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

twynham says...

"“As a result of the adverse publicity afforded to me by the Bournemouth Daily Echo ... ... I decided to offer my resignation..."
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Any other local leaders like to follow suit???
"“As a result of the adverse publicity afforded to me by the Bournemouth Daily Echo ... ... I decided to offer my resignation..." . Any other local leaders like to follow suit??? twynham
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Thu 20 Mar 14

jinglebell says...

I'm astonished to see David Ramsden is still the REGIONAL TREASURER of the FSB!
I'm astonished to see David Ramsden is still the REGIONAL TREASURER of the FSB! jinglebell
  • Score: 11

2:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

seaviews says...

He obviously does not think it corrupt that he offered Chairmanship of the FSB to a bankrupt person found guilty of fraud (his son).

So what else does he consider not corrupt that the vast majority of the population would consider corrupt!
He obviously does not think it corrupt that he offered Chairmanship of the FSB to a bankrupt person found guilty of fraud (his son). So what else does he consider not corrupt that the vast majority of the population would consider corrupt! seaviews
  • Score: 8

3:57pm Thu 20 Mar 14

calamity carney says...

Gross display of patronage!
Gross display of patronage! calamity carney
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

seaviews wrote:
He obviously does not think it corrupt that he offered Chairmanship of the FSB to a bankrupt person found guilty of fraud (his son).

So what else does he consider not corrupt that the vast majority of the population would consider corrupt!
The article says he's been bankrupt too.
.
None of this family should be involved in any finances in business.
[quote][p][bold]seaviews[/bold] wrote: He obviously does not think it corrupt that he offered Chairmanship of the FSB to a bankrupt person found guilty of fraud (his son). So what else does he consider not corrupt that the vast majority of the population would consider corrupt![/p][/quote]The article says he's been bankrupt too. . None of this family should be involved in any finances in business. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 6

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