Hendry - Conservative MP for Wealden
is keeping tabs on the mounting maladministration tally at Wealden
District Council. If you have or are aware of injustice,
corruption or other impropriety, please let the MP for Wealden know
BIT ABOUT CHARLES HENDRY
Hendry was born in May 1959. He was educated at Rugby School and
at the University of Edinburgh, taking an Honours degree in Business
Hendry was elected to Parliament as the Member for Wealden in June 2001
having been selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden
in March 2000, following the decision of The Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey
Johnson Smith, to retire.
Geoffrey heard a number of complaints about Wealden
District Council but failed to investigate either one. Sir
Geoffrey failed to intervene when the Sanctuary at Bushy Wood was
bulldozed. He also did nothing to urge this council to prevent
Anne Harris's home being torn down around her, for which Wealden were
found guilty of maladministration.
Later when Anne was again under attack from Wealden's enforcement
officers, again the local MP did nothing. Not a particularly
good record - we think you'll agree. Mr Phillips argued before the
Crown Court, that a road was actually a linear pile of rubble.
Needless to say the Court showed him the door.
entering Parliament, Charles Hendry worked as a Public Relations and
Government Relations Adviser to the international communications groups,
Burson-Marsteller and Ogilvy and Mather Public Relations. He has
been a Trustee/Vice President of the homeless charity, The Big Issue
Foundation since 1995. He is Treasurer of the Party's Charter for
Britain Campaign, highlighting the dangers of the government's
Hendry was joint Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Homelessness and Housing Need, between 1992 - 1996. He was Honorary
President of the British Youth Council from 1992 to 1997. He was
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt. Hon William Hague MP and to
Gillian Shephard MP, Secretary of State for Education between 1994 and
1995. In July 1995 Mr Hendry was appointed a Vice-Chairman of the
view of Mr Hendry's impressive CV, we hope to see some action to bring
about changes to make Wealden accountable for their refusal to comply
requirements and other breaches of the Human
Energy Minister Charles Hendry and wife Sallie have bought the 14-bedroom
Blair Castle in Ayrshire. The mansion near Dalry and its surrounding estate,
including 1300 acres of land, had been on the market for £8 million.
However, it is understood the Hendrys have bought only the historic castle
itself and a small piece of surrounding land, and did not pay the full asking
price of £2.5m for that portion.
Much of the couple’s fortune comes from Mrs Hendry who received a
multimillion-pound divorce settlement from her first husband - a member of
the Moores family, which once owned the Littlewoods empire.
Although born and brought up in Sussex, Mr Hendry attended Edinburgh
University and began his political career in
Scotland as the chairman of the
university’s Conservative Association. He also has strong links to Ayrshire as
his father’s family originally came from Ardrossan.
The sale was described as a “once in a lifetime” chance to own Blair Castle,
after it came on the market for the first time in almost nine centuries.
Thought to be the oldest inhabited mansion of its type in Scotland, it has 14
bedrooms and its Norman tower is reputed to date back to 1105.
The castle had always been owned by the Blair family, which can trace its
ancestry back almost 850 years to the time of William the Lion, who ruled
Scotland between 1165 and 1214.
The king awarded the Barony of Blair to the first holder, Jean Francois de
Blare, in 1165, and the variant spelling Blair passed down through the generations.
From its origins, the current A-listed building is thought to incorporate
features dating from the late 13th century.
Its previous owners, Luke and Caroline Borwick, decided to sell so they could
spend more time with their grandchildren in London.
Mr Borwick said last night: “Blair Castle has been a magnificent home to our
family for many, many generations. While we are sad to see it change hands
after all this time it was the only practical solution for the family. We wish
the new owners every happiness.”
In recent years the castle has been used as an exclusive venue for corporate
entertainment and weddings and had a five-star VisitScotland ranking. Mrs
Hendry, who is involved in events management, hopes to develop that business.
The couple say they will be able to spend a lot of time at Blair Castle.
Although they intend to continue to live in Mr Hendry’s constituency, in East
Sussex, they hope to spend weekends and holidays in Ayrshire.
Mr Hendry told The Herald: “Sallie is delighted to have the opportunity to
complete the restoration work of Blair, which has already been significantly
carried out by the previous owners, and to develop its hospitality business
which will continue to provide local employment.”
When the castle is rented out as a venue for weddings or family celebrations,
local people are often drafted in as waiting staff.
The castle and its estate were put on the market in May, when the selling
agents highlighted the fact it generated around £170,000 a year in income.
Last night a source close to the deal said Mr and Mrs Hendry “did not pay as
much as the asking price”. The estate, which the couple did not buy, covers
almost 1300 acres of Ayrshire farmland and
Mr Hendry worked in public relations, before becoming an MP. He was appointed
minister for Energy and Climate Change last May and previously served as
Conservative Party deputy chairman and chief of staff to
Committee reforms Lord