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So, as always, we tried to check the evidence because no response by the APPG Chair had ever been mentioned by
Sir Norman Lamb or by the APPG Chair or members in response to enquiries.
Mrs Halford-Hall's response to that polite enquiry on LinkedIn
wasn't quite what is expected from a Parliamentary postholder, supposed to comply with the Nolan Principles:
The book outlines the inbuilt Steps which are designed to ensure full accountability and transparency
Please see Sir Norman Lamb's letter below explaining why he resigned from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on whistleblowing because the WBUK chief executive Georgina Halford-Hall, in her role as secretariat to the APPG, refused to answer his questions on finance.
He had already announced in August 2019 his decision not to stand at the next election which was known to be imminent, but he still chose to put on record his reasons for resignation from this APPG. It appears that he was keen to distance himself from it once he had been informed of various matters.
His resignation came after we and other whistleblowers had repeatedly brought to the attention of all the APPG members the misconduct of WBUK and asked questions. Those questions have never been answered because his resignation from the APPG was never announced publicly on their website or social media. Every member of the APPG at that time, and of the current APPG, is jointly responsible for this lack of accountability and transparency because they all had the same information as was given to Sir Norman Lamb. The current Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, was one of the APPG who was informed, including via her constituency office.
Sir Norman advised us that our concerns should be pursued with the Parliamentary Standards regulator and this is ongoing.
So we blow the whistle on the APPG on Whistleblowing, which seeks to introduce an Office for the Whistleblower with the hidden agenda of creating lucrative business for law and compliance firms like Constantine Cannon and Navex Global, and cherry-picking cases which offer potential profit - while leaving the vast majority of whistleblowers unprotected.
We dedicate this website and the work of The Whistler to Gavin MacFadyen.
Please see the Gavin MacFadyen Award page and the video on there for a message from Gavin's wife Susan Benn.
Edna's Law principles are drawn from the experience of thousands of whistleblowers
We feature the cases of a wide range of people (some famous, some not)
to show how anyone at work might one day have to make an important choice.
The whistlers all became aware through their job of wrongdoing or risks.
In many cases other people were also aware -
and had decided to look the other way or cover up.
The whistlers all tried their best to get things put right, often at great personal cost.
What would you do?
Quick warning: It is wise to be cautious when deciding where to disclose because
Whistleblowers have told us that when they asked for help elsewhere they later found their details had been disclosed to others
without consent or had been passed to solicitors who were seeking personal injury claims business.
For more on this please see The Misconduct of WBUK Part 1. Part 2 is in preparation and a new page will be added to this website soon.
The Whistler has no allegiance to any political party because whistleblowers come from a wide range of backgrounds and opinions,
and such serious issues must never be used as political footballs by politicians.
We will be adding a new page to this website as soon as we have time, about various MPs and Members of the House of Lords
and what they actually did when informed of whistleblowing incidents or when they were asked to help or to meet whistleblowers.
We will call out those MPs & Peers who claim to support whistleblowers in order to grab headlines when their actions in reality do not support that claim.
We ask everyone to read our evidence and replace PIDA with Edna's Law.
We help whistleblowers from all sectors.
We aim to provide
what we ourselves needed most
when feeling isolated,
someone to listen and understand.
All calls are in strict confidence.
Unlike some other helplines we never say
"take the money, move on and forget it now"
because what all genuine whistlers want is
action to put things right and
removal of wrongdoers
Georgina Halford-Hall is still in post, with a Parliamentary email address and still making false claims easily disproved by public records
at Companies House, Crown Prosecution Service, Employment Tribunal.
The Charity Commission has confirmed that it has no record, past or present, of a charity named Mere & DIstrict Footprints Ltd.
The latter organisation appointed a Georgina Shaw as Centre Manager in 2008
and it was the respondent in an employment tribunal claim by a G Shaw-Halford in Bristol 2011.
This claim was dismissed, not won, so we are still trying to find out at which "charity" Georgina Halford-Hall was "CEO" or "chief executive"
and against which she claims to have "won" an employment tribunal. Polite enquiries have been unsuccessful.
The other ex- and current APPG members (except Sir Norman Lamb) are all still condoning her and WBUK's misconduct.
So do event organisers such as Inside Government, MLROs.com, InformaConnect and some journalists who decline to respond to requests
for factual amendments, eg Farah Khalique whose two factually inaccurate articles remain online.
We have presented the documentary evidence numerous times including to the press offices of the Tories, Labour, LibDems and SNP.
When will protecting people take precedence over bounty-hunting and trying to making money from whistleblowers?
We will publish more evidence in future.
Norman Lamb eventually saw the light even though it took months for him to understand that there were serious problems about WBUK.
The current and other ex-members of the APPG know why he resigned because his letter is in the public domain and also because
the Director has stated that "all the allegations were dismissed" and yet they stay.
Why do they condone false claims and unethical conduct? On what evidence did they dismiss the concerns?
Sir Norman Lamb, the alleged recipient of the APPG Chair's response to his resignation, hasn't heard of the Chair's response either,
The Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA)
which was meant to give legal protection for UK whistleblowers,
has failed and offers false hope to many who seek protection.
We campaign for Edna's Law,
drafted by the real experts,
because we know what is needed.
#beajournalistlikeGavin - go out and tell the truth, not what the powerful want you to print!
Many whistlers cannot be named publicly yet for legal reasons or due to personal issues of ongoing detriment
(eg health, employment, loss of home).
They will be named as soon as their circumstances allow, meanwhile we compile their evidence ready for the inquiry.
Be inspired by people of integrity who have had the courage to act in the public interest.
The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to protect the protectors.
Please support Edna's Law.
This Logan Symposium talk was in December 2014 and over 8000 whistleblowers have now contacted us..