The following correspondence is hopefully self explanatory.
Stephen Kerr MP Vice Chair and Registered Contact
Baroness Susan Kramer Vice Chair
Norman Lamb MP
Anneliese Dodds MP
Andrew Mitchell MP
9 October 2019
Dear APPG members,
Correspondence from the Crown Prosecution Service about whether the CEO of Whistleblowers UK “stood trial”
Please find below the correspondence with the CPS about whether or not the CEO of Whistleblowers UK, the private company which currently acts as the APPG’s secretariat, “stood trial” regarding matters at the Duke of York Military School.
As you may be aware, Whistleblowers UK tweeted on 9 March 2019: “Our CEO was arrested for protecting whistleblowers, exposing CSA and stood trial”.
This is the screenshot of the tweet:
Tracy Austin a former teacher at the Duke of York school, who raised concerns, has disputed that a trial took place.
I attach a photograph of an article of 15 October 2015 which noted that the CPS offered no evidence against Tracy Austin with respect to allegations of unlawfully disclosing personal data, and that the CPS had also decided not to proceed with a case against the parent of a child at the school:
As other media had reported that the case against Whistleblowers UK’s CEO for handling stolen goods and unlawfully [sic – breaching data protection] came before Canterbury Crown Court, I asked the CPS to clarify if a trial had actually started into these matters.
The CPS has advised that: “no trial appears on the CPS database for anyone of this name in Kent, Surrey or Sussex”.
I have invited Whistleblowers UK to offer some sort of explanation and comment on these apparently anomalous facts.
The only response that I have received so far is to be blocked by the Whistleblowers UK twitter account.
Ms Austin also reports that she has now been blocked.
I trust that the APPG may wish to establish on what basis Whistleblowers UK made the claim of 9 March 2019 that: “Our CEO was arrested for protecting whistleblowers, exposing CSA and stood trial”.
I also trust that the APPG may wish to ensure that any sensitive personal data entrusted to the APPG by whistleblowers, some likely to be vulnerable, via Whistleblowers UK in its capacity as APPG secretariat, is properly handled and safeguarded.
Dr Minh Alexander
Cc Committee for Standards in Public Life
Lord Jonathan Evans Chair of CSPL
From: South East VRR and Complaints <REDACTED>
Subject: FW: FOI request FAO Crown Prosecution Service South West
Date: 7 October 2019 at 15:24:21 BST
To: Minh Alexander <REDACTED>
Cc: South East VRR and Complaints <REDACTED>
Dear Dr Alexander
Thank you for your email which has been passed to this department.
I can confirm that no trial appears on the CPS database for anyone of this name in Kent, Surrey or Sussex.
South East VRR & Complaints Team
From: Minh Alexander [REDACTED]
Sent: 06 October 2019 15:14
To: Freedom of Information Unit
Subject: FOI request FAO Crown Prosecution Service South West
FOI request FAO Crown Prosecution Service South West
6 October 2019
It was reported in 2015 that the case against Georgina Halford Hall for handling stolen goods and breach of the Data Protection Act came before Canterbury Crown Court but that the case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Please can you advise if a trial ever actually commenced into the allegations, and if so, on what dates did the trial take place?
Dr Minh Alexander
UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2019
On 10 October 2019 Ref. 8734 the CPS offered further clarification in which they stated definitively that no trial took place:
“In response to the above, the Crown Prosecution Service can confirm that the case was discontinued and therefore a trial did not commence.”
UPDATE 8 NOVEMBER 2019
On the 5 November 2019 Georgina Halford Hall the CEO of WhistleblowersUK tweeted from her personal account that a trial took place, and claimed that the article in the Dover Express of 15 October 2015 was “fake news”:
The whistleblower mentioned in the tweet challenged Georgina Halford Hall’s claim that she had been charged with theft.
The CEO of WhistleblowersUK made this further statement, but did not withdraw her claim that a trial took place:
Whistleblowers UK has been paid by well-known US bounty hunting lawyers Constantine Cannon to act as the secretariat of the Whistleblowing APPG
Mary Inman of Constantine Cannon speaking about the bounty hunting model at the Byline festival in 2018:
“37.24 “…It’s exactly what you do in law enforcement…we pay informants”