“Desperately difficult situation financially”

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“Desperately difficult situation financially”
The lawyer of William Rollason, chief executive Farepak’s parent company during its collapse just before Christmas 2006 that left almost 120,000 customers out of pocket by a total of about £37m, on why his client could not afford a fine of £50,000 from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Despite owning property abroad worth more than £600,000.
Rollason admitted recklessness and misconduct and was given a severe reprimand, a £15,000 fine and asked to pay £50,000 in costs by an independent tribunal yesterday.

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Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86

Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS' theatre critic.

Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former theatre critic at the New Statesman, has died.

Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970.

Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace.

His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.