More questions about Maria Hutchings’s CV [updated]

12:28 pm - February 26th 2013

by Unity    

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Political Scrapbook has revealed this morning that, despite presenting herself as an experienced business woman, Eastleigh Tory candidate Maria Hutchings has never been a director of a limited company.

But there’s more – this is Hutchings’ current Linkedin profile:


Company and Internet searches for ‘Panacea Marketing and Communications’, the ‘business’ for which Hutchings has ostensibly been working for the last nine years have, so far, turned up absolutely nothing.

Not company registration. No website. No email addresses and no references to any such business anywhere on the internet.

Nothing. Nowt, Zip. Nada. Fuck all.

[UPDATE: To clear up one point from comments, I can find nothing to connect either Maria Hutchings or ‘Panacea Marketing and Communications’ with the similarly named Panacea Marketing Ltd, which is based in Warwickshire and which most certainly is a genuine company with its own company registration, website, etc. Unless documentary to the contrary emerges it sees safe to say that Hutchings does not appear to have any connection with Panacea Marketing Ltd whatsoever.]

[UPDATE 15:00 – Oliver Duggan (@oliduggan) has managed to contact Ri5, one of the two clients listed under ‘Panacea Marketing and Communications’ and they have confirmed that the did use a ‘Panacea Marketing’ at an unspecified date prior to 2010 and that Hutchings was indeed the consultant that undertook the work.

As Ri5 have been around since at least 2000, that’s one verified piece of actual business in a 6-7 year period between 2003 and 2010 and, again, I can find nothing to link Ri5 directly to Panacea Marketing Ltd of Warwickshine, so ‘Panacea Marketing’ here may very well be no more than ‘Maria Hutchings, trading as…’

As for Equazen, there is a possible connection there going to back to the incident in which Hutchings sandbagged Tony Blair on national TV, as Equazen are/were in the fish oil supplements business. According to Skeptical Voter, Hutchings did get her face into the papers – well, the Daily Mail – way back in 2006, with claims that Fish Oil supplements had improved her son’s autism. This doesn’t appear to have helped Potters Ltd, the company behind the Equazen brand in the UK, very much as both it and Equazen UK Ltd are currently listed as ‘non-trading’ and the registration on the Equazen website, which is still going, is currently held by a German company.]

However, and this is much more interesting, Hutchings’ current ‘employer’, Anglo Scottish Employer Benefits Ltd is a new business, which was only registered in June 2012, so there is as yet no financial information for this company or any details of its trading activity.

Anglo Scottish Employer Benefits Ltd has the same registered office address as another company with a very similar name, Anglo Scottish Employee Benefits Ltd – both operate from Highfield Lodge, Burlesden.

Anglo Scottish Employee Benefits Ltd, was first registered in 2006 but company records show it to be a non-trading company. In fact, those same records show that company has never traded since it was first registered.

Both companies have the same two directors/shareholders – John Alexander Gordon Milne (age 77) and John Milne (age 43) which rather suggests that they’re father and son.

And, by what I am sure is nothing more than a complete and utter coincidence, the name of the Chairman of the Eastleigh Conservative Association, as of this article about Chris Huhne’s speeding ticket problems in May 2011 is…

Writing in Eastleigh News, John Milne – the Conservative Party Chairman for Eastleigh- speculated that Mr Huhne was only waiting for his first anniversary as a secretary of state to pass before resigning as this would enable him to leave with a ministerial pension.

In which case it seems reasonable to ask whether Anglo Scottish Employers Benefits Ltd is actually a trading company, given that Maria Hutchings currently claims on her Linkedin profile that she works for the company as its ‘Commercial Director’.


Well this is getting even more interesting…

As you can clearly see from her LinkedIn profile, Hutchings cites October 2012 as the start of her ‘employment’ with Anglo Scottish Employers Benefits Ltd.

See if you can guess when the domain name for Hutchings’ campaign website was registered before you scroll any further…?


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Reader comments

Good spot. She is just another worthless tory puppet drone for the rich.

I would guess that it’s a recently launched trading brand of Anglo Scottish Financial Services. That was the name of Milne’s IFA firm, which has been around for ages. Unfortunately ASFS was one of the IFA firms that got caught up in the collapse of Burns-Anderson plc, the network which it was part of, and so at present “Anglo Scottish Financial Services” does its business off Milne’s personal FSA registration (the website says that ASFS is an appointed representative of Sesame plc, but the FSA Register gets it right – Milne himself is).

This and the reasons for the Eastleigh byelection will fuel the perceptions of those who don’t belong to the political classes that those who do are a bunch of self-serving charlatans. Recap this Guardian report from 2009:

Public funds totalling £500 million a year are being spent on an army of at least 29,000 professional politicians in the UK, according to new figures.
The figures, for the financial year 2007-08, come from freedom of information requests by the BBC asking about councils, devolved assemblies, Westminster and the European Parliament.

Compare that figure of 29,000 professional politicians with the size of the electorate at c. 45 millions.

I should clarify, for the avoidance of any doubt, Hutching’s ‘Panacea Marketing and Communications’ is NOT the same business as Panacea Marketing Ltd, which is based in Warwickshire.

There is, so far as I can see, no connection whatsoever between the two.

And in another complete and utter coincidence that’s wholly unconnected to anything else already disclosed, it turns out that the domain name for Hutchings’ “Vote4Maria” campaign website was registered on 4 October 2012.

And in another complete and utter coincidence that’s wholly unconnected to anything else already disclosed, it turns out that the domain name for Hutchings’ “Vote4Maria” campaign website was registered on 4 October 2012.

The week it became clear that Vicky Pryce was running a marital coercion defence, massively increasing the likelihood that Huhne would go down. Am I missing something? Because it seems that as the most likely candidate for a by-election that suddenly looked very likely to happen, registering a website would be a fairly obvious first step.

Tim, don’t think you’re missing anything. Not at all suspicious to me.

It may also have something to do with the Tories’ own selection process. She didn’t exactly go well last time, so maybe there was some move to replace her.

Getting a website going as if you were already the candidate might be a sly move.

Obviously, I don’t know anything about the internal selection procedures, so don’t quote me on this.

The greatest political operator of all time, Lyndon Johnson, was a professional politician.

The ridiculous thing about this is the implication that business people are somehow special. We’re all supposed to gaze in awe at them while listening to their dazzling insights.


Fair play – we used to do this all the time. If you’ve got Tories who’ve got spare houses, spare businesses, spare anything really, well – it’d be daft not to use them, eh? It is a bloody contact sport after all, let’s not start getting precious about it. It’s not like they’re registering dead voters now is it??

Yes, the campaign website on its own is just prudent advance planning.

But the website and a job helpfully supplied by the chair of her CA. That’s all rather Dunny-in-the-Wold.

And let’s not forget that her opening campaign gambit was ‘a local candidate you can trust’.

Oh, rilly?

As you say, DtP, it’s a contact sport.

So the neo-collectivists are upset about a fake job used for the purposes of vanity? Now you know how we feel.

You don’t need to be a director of a limited company in order to be a business man or woman. Many if not most businesses are sole proprietorships or partnerships – not limited companies.

And whilst the Tory candidate may be a useless piece of whatever – does it not trouble folks on here that the Labour candidate was disappointed that a terrorist bomb failed to kill the democratically elected prime minister of the UK. How on earth did the Labour leadership allow such a non democrat to be their candidate?

Personally I would like none of the main parties in this particular election to get any votes whatsoever.

paul d:

If you’re troubled by O’Farrell’s comments then you’re obviously not old enough to remember the 1980s.

O’Farrell has done nothing more than express in print what millions of people felt about Thatcher at the time.

Dear Unity,

On the contrary I was of age in the 80s and very anti-Thatcher. However I would never have condoned or supported or been sympathetic to terrorists blowing up a democratically elected prime minister, even one whose policies were anathema to me. I do not believe “millions of people” thought like O’Farrell & there is no getting around the profoundly anti- democratic nature of his comments (not to mention how infantile they are)which make him unfit really to run for public office. In defending O’Farrell you are effectively suggesting it was alright for the IRA to try & blow up Thatcher & following on logically that would make you comfortable with the deaths that did take place & Mrs Tebbit becoming disabled. I now understand that his views on the Falklands are just as appalling – apparently he wanted the Argentinians to win the war -i.e a supposed left of centre social democrat/socialist supporting a right wing fascist dictator.

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