House of Commons

The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1
As at 27th October 2014

STRAW, Rt Hon Jack (Blackburn)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Payments from News International Supply Co Ltd.  Address:  Cygnet Park, 200 Serpentine Way, Peterborough PE7 8FD:

13 January 2014, received £500 from News UK & Ireland Ltd (formerly News International Supply Co Ltd) for article in The Times on 27 December 2013.  Hours: approx 6 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)

10 September 2014, received £500 from News Corp (formerly News International) for article for The Times on 14 August 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 15 September 2014)


11 October 2012, received payment of £75 from The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way,   London N1 9GU for blog article on 25 September 2012.  Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 16 October 2012)


Payments from Specialist Speakers, 18 Waxwell Lane, Harrow, London, HA5 3EN, UK

28 November 2013, received £4,000 for speech to Brokeability Ltd, of AGM House, 3 Barton Close, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 1SJ at a conference held at the McDonald Alveston Manor Hotel, Clopton Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7HP, on 15 October 2013. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)

Consultant to ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd; commodity traders, advising the group and its senior executives on the international and national environment in which it operates and on other specific matters.  Address: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE  (£55,001-£60,000)  Payment received on a quarterly basis.

8 October 2013, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013. Hours: 80 hrs. (Registered 8 October 2013)

9 January 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2013.  Hours: approx 45 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)

3 April 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014.  Hours: approx 50 hrs. (Registered 8 April 2014)

11 July 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014.  Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 14 July 2014)


Advances for the manuscript of a book from Macmillans Publishers, via Capel & Land Ltd, Literary Agents.  Address of Macmillans: 20 New Wharf Road London N1 9RR:

4 June 2013, received £29,473.80, net of agent’s commission, as final payment of advance on book. Hours between 10 October 2012 and 4 July 2013:  at least 100 hrs (mainly at literary festivals).  (Registered 4 July 2013)


30 September 2013, received £800 from Associated Newspapers Ltd of 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT for article in the Daily Mail on 17 September 2013. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 8 October 2013)


28 October 2013, received £150 from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5A Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4DR, for speaking at a Festival event on 14 August 2013, in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 18 November 2013)


Received 28 November 2013, £500 from Intelligence Squared, of 6th floor Newcombe House, 45 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LQ, in respect of speech at Westminster Abbey on 22 October 2013. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)


Received 17 January 2014, £1,000 from the Hamlyn Trust, c/o Professor Avron Sherr, Chairman of the Trustees, Institute of Advance Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR in respect of the three Hamlyn Lectures 2012, given in the autumn of 2012.  Hours: approx 100 hrs. (Registered 19 January 2014)

Received 30 April 2014, £137.25 from Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge CB2 8BS
in respect of royalties from the sales of the Hamlyn Lectures 2012. No additional hours. (Registered 12 May 2014)


Received 3 March 2014, £4,000 from Maria Franzoni Ltd, a licensed office of the London Speaker Bureau, 153 Stoughton Road, Guildford GU1 1LQ, as fee for speaking at Incisive Media Motor Claims 2014 event, Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London SW1, on 13 February 2014. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 4 March 2014)


Received 3 March 2014, £165.40, fee from Independent Print Ltd, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF, for article in the Independent newspaper on 18 January 2014. Hours: 7 hrs. (Registered 4 March 2014)

Payments received from the London Speaker Bureau, of Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8JA:

27 November 2013, received £5,500 in respect of a speech to a meeting organised by SCOR, 10 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7AA, at Trinity House, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH on 18 November 2013. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2013)  

18 March 2014, received £10,000 as fee for speaking at Dialogue Series on Nigeria’s Democracy at Government House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria event on 11 March 2014. The payer was: Mario and Stevens, Yasuha Plaza, Adetokunbo, Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria. Mario and Stevens also paid for London Heathrow/Abuja return flights and transport to and from Heathrow; £5,250 in total.  I also spent one night (11 March) in State Government Guest House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, estimated value £200, and one night (12 March) paid for by a nonregistrable source.  Hours: 4 days including travel. (Registered 2 April 2014)

11 April 2014, received £4,600.87 as fee for speaking at the "Turkish Davos", Uladag, Bursa, Turkey, 20-22 March 2014, plus (for my wife and me) return flights from Heathrow to Istanbul at a total cost of £1,734 and accommodation and transfers estimated at £600 in total. Payer was Dogan Burda Dergi Yayincilik ve Pazarlama A.S, Kuştepe Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Yolu Caddesi, No: 12 Trump Towers Kule 2 Kat: 24 Şişli-Istanbul. Hours: 2.5 days, including travel. (Registered 14 April 2014)

Received 17 February 2014, £150 from the BBC New Broadcasting House London W1, fee for appearance on Any Questions, Altrincham, Cheshire on 7 February 2014. Hours: 10 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 14 May 2014)

15 May 2014, received £7,773.13 in respect of a speaking engagement on 8 May 2014, at a conference on "Sustainable Futures" in Lisbon organised by Impressa Publishing,  (IMPRESA Sociedade Gestora de Participações Sociais, SA of   Paço de Arcos Oeiras Municipality, Portugal), and in addition, £46.40 for London travel and £84.97 for dinner in Lisbon. The costs of accommodation, approx £315, and return flights at £1,011 were paid directly by the organisers. Hours: 44 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 1 July 2014)

1 July 2014, received £7,000 in respect of speaking engagements on 30 June 2014 for the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, of 11, Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris, and, in addition, £675.08 for return travel from London to Paris and incidental costs. The costs of accommodation estimated at £2,492 were paid direct. Hours: 48 hrs. (Registered 1 July 2014)

Payment from ComRes, (CommunicationResearch Ltd, Covenham House, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham Surrey KT11 3EP), for opinion survey:

22 August 2014, £90 paid direct to local charity. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 15 September 2014)

Received 30 September 2014, £270.00 from Telegraph Media Group Ltd, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT in respect of an article in the Daily Telegraph on 24 September 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 6 October 2014)

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)

Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil

Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: for two people, hotel accommodation with a value of £1,190.00; formal meals with a value of £728 and air fares and local transport with a value of  £657.30;  £2,575.30 in total.

Date of receipt of donation: 1-3 November 2013

Date of acceptance of donation: 1-3 November 2013

Donor status: unincorporated association.

(Registered 12 November 2013)

6. Overseas visits  

Name of donor: Anna Lindh Foundation,

Address of donor: Stiftelsen Anna Lindhs Minnesfond,  Lilla Nygatan 14,    Box 2170,   103 14 Stockholm     

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return flights (Business Class) between Heathrow and Stockholm 10 and 12 September 2013, value £761.50

Destination of visit: Stockholm

Date of visit: 10-12 September 2013

Purpose of visit: to attend the tenth anniversary commemoration for Anna Lindh, former Foreign Minister of Sweden, murdered on 11th September 2003.

(Registered 8 October 2013)


Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil

Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights with a value of £1,182.95 plus taxis costing £89 and hotel accommodation costing £120.50; total £1,392.

Destination of visit: Istanbul, Turkey

Date of visit: 2-3 October 2013

Purpose of visit: to participate in a meeting in my capacity as British Co-Chair of the British Turkish Forum (the 'Tatlidil')

(Registered 31 October 2013)


Name of donor: Medical Aid for Palestinians

Address of donor: 33a Islington Park Street, London N1 1QB
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value):  travel costs, accommodation and subsistence with a value of £1,175

Destination of visit:  West Bank and Israel

Date of visit: 9-13 December 2013

Purpose of visit: Fact-finding delegation organised by  Council for Arab-British Understanding

(Registered 17 December 2013)


Name of donor: (1) Ardeshir Nagashineh, Chairman of Targetfollow PLC; (2) the Majlis , the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran-United Kingdom Parliamentary Friendship Group)

Address of donor: (1) Targetfollow Group Ltd, Riverside House, 11/12 Riverside Road, Norwich NR1 1SQ; (2) Baherestan Square, Tehran, Iran

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1) £373.84, being the balance of the return flights from London to Tehran (via Frankfurt), Business Class, 6 and 10 January 2014.  Total cost £1,623.84 – the remainder being met by a non-registrable source; (2) 4 nights hotel accommodation in Tehran at estimated cost of £392.84, plus meals and transport for 4 days at estimated cost of £300.

Destination of visit: Tehran, Iran

Date of visit: 6-10 January 2014

Purpose of visit: visit by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iran at the invitation of the Iran-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Iranian Parliament.

(Registered 19 January 2014)

Name of donor: Akfen Holding 

Address of donor: Koza Sok No: 22 GOP, Ankara, Turkey.

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights from Bursa to Ankara and back to Istanbul, with a value of £6,753.30

Destination of visit: Ankara, Turkey

Date of visit: 22 March 2014

Purpose of visit: to meet a senior member of the Turkish government

(Registered 28 April 2014)

Prepared 30th October 2014