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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hales Hoodwinks The Proper Authorities

http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/regulator-has-no-concerns-reports-plymouth-brethren-members-campaigned-tories/governance/article/1350086


Regulator 'has no concerns' over reports that Plymouth Brethren members campaigned for the Tories

The Times newspaper alleged that members leafleted for Tory candidates before the election; the PBCC says it is consulting lawyers

Plymouth Brethren Christian Church
Plymouth Brethren Christian Church

The Charity Commission has concluded that it has no concerns about allegations made in The Timesnewspaper that the Plymouth Brethren Christian Churchcampaigned for the Conservative Party before the general election.

In the same week as last month’s election, Times story alleged that members of the PBCC, who do not vote, had been "leafleting for Conservative candidates in key marginal seats", including Chippenham in Wiltshire, Montgomeryshire and Yeovil in Somerset, and had said prayers for the party’s success.

The commission said that it would look into the matter. The church said it had begun its own investigation of the allegations and would cooperate fully with the regulator.

The commission said this week it would not take further action. A spokeswoman for the commission said: "Following an article in The Times, the commission contacted the Plymouth Brethren. The Brethren have fully cooperated with the commission’s enquiries, and we currently have no concerns regarding any issues linked to political campaigning."

A spokesman for the PBCC said: "We are of course pleased but unsurprised that the Charity Commission has rejected the false allegations from The Times newspaper and have concluded that there is no basis to take matters further." He added that the PBCC's lawyers were "seeking appropriate redress."

The PBCC is not itself a registered charity, but many of its local congregations are. In January 2014 the Preston Down Trust, a Devon-based congregation of the church, was registered with the commissionafter a five-year legal battle over whether it was established for the public benefit.

The church adheres to a doctrine of separation and has been accused of breaking up families and using harsh disciplinary practices. Since the registration of the PDT, more than 75 other Plymouth Brethren congregations have been granted charitable status by the commission, the register of charities shows.

4 comments:

  1. You know how Google has translation programs? Have you tried the PBCC-speak to honest-English translator?

    I just tried putting in 'a spokesman for the PBCC said: "We are of course pleased but unsurprised that the Charity Commission has rejected the false allegations from The Times newspaper and have concluded that there is no basis to take matters further." He added that the PBCC's lawyers were "seeking appropriate redress"' and this came back:

    'a monkey for the Hamburger Cult said: "We are of course pleased but unsurprised that the Charity Commission has been conned by paid up members of the cult regarding facts published in The Times newspaper and have concluded that there is no basis to take into account submissions from victims of cult abuse." He added that the PBCC's RRT was "seeking to increase the number of hamburgers served."'

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  2. 'the PBCC's lawyers were "seeking appropriate redress."

    What happened to turning the other cheek?

    Congratulations Laurie, on reaching 400,000 page views. Quite an achievement for one of 'just a few disaffected former members'!

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  3. I fear the CC are busy covering their own butts here after the outrageous decision to grant clarity status to these people. To admit they perceived the PBCC wrongly now does support their former but erroneous decision.

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  4. I don't think the PBCC would be so open and honest and actively promote the Conservatives

    However, we know it is the preferred party for their money making policy
    We also know they do not like Labour because of their links with Trade Unions

    In 2010 the PBCC leaflet distribution was in areas where it was close, but the Conservatives had a chance
    Their leaflet had a blue surround. No red on it or yellow

    Also importantly any remaining leaflets had to be destroyed
    None could be kept as a souvenir (or evidence)

    Thomas

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