[4], Married since 1978 to the author and scholar Clare Pollen (born 2 June 1951),[5] eldest daughter of Francis Anthony Baring Pollen (1926–1987) by his wife Marie Therese Sheridan (later Viscountess Sidmouth, wife of the 7th Viscount), the Earl and Countess of Oxford and Asquith have a son and four daughters. [6][7] [8]. A gangster with a conviction for firearms was also reportedly going out with King at the same time as Whittingdale and was trying to sell tapes of King talking about what she did with the then Culture Secretary. We scrambled so hard to get our BBC Newsnight story on that night, running the extraordinary statement drafted by Carrie Symonds, that I mispronounced “dominatrix” much to the amusement of then-editor Ian Katz. “John Whittingdale has for many years been a champion of Ukraine and one of the most outspoken MPs in defending Ukraine against Russian aggression.”. Sir Francis Oswald Lindley was a British diplomat who was HM Consul-General in Russia in 1919, British High Commissioner in Vienna 1919–1920, Ambassador to Austria 1920–1921, Ambassador to Greece 1922–1923, Minister in Oslo 1923–1929, Ambassador to Portugal 1929–1931, and finally Ambassador to Japan 1931–1934. For the moment, Firtash continues to insist on his innocence and remains in Austria while he battles the Americans who want to lock him up. Like several of them, Asquith was killed in action in the First World War during his father's term in office. Read more. Britain 1985-1989, USSR 1985 Geheim Magazine (Germany) 1987-#5 (39) Lobster. In his professional practice he was known as Patrick Lichfield. Lindley was described as "a rather tough old character in some respects and very outspoken in his likes and dislikes.". Sorted by (historical) entity at time of grant, Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, "Whole-House Hereditary Peers' By-election, October 2014: Result", Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom, Earls in the peerages of Britain and Ireland, Mark Julian Asquith, Viscount Asquith (born 13 May 1979), Lady Magdalen Katharine Asquith (born 30 December 1981). [4][5], In 1978, Asquith married the author and scholar Clare Pollen. Other family members who served as British diplomats include his father, his brother Sir Dominic Asquith (former British Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt),[2] and his maternal grandfather Sir Michael Palairet. He has strongly denied that he is a Kremlin agent. New: Sign up for real-time alerts and be notified of new editions! The big source of Firtash’s money has been his control of entities supplying Russian gas to Ukraine. By continuing your visit to this site, you accept the use of cookies allowing us to adapt and enhance your experience. ASQUITH, RAYMOND B.B. As well as postings in London at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Cabinet Office, he served as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Moscow from 1983–85, and Counsellor at HM Embassy in Kiev from 1992–97. He is currently a company director of the Ukrainian corporation owned by Dmytro Firtash, and is also active in various organizations working for or promoting charitable activities in Ukraine. [3], In October 2014, the Earl of Oxford and Asquith was elected in the House of Lords by-election to replace the late Lord Methuen (who died in July 2014) and to sit as a Liberal Democrat, alongside his cousin Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury on the government benches (as the LibDems were then part of a coalition government) in the House of Lords. That same month, Tymofienko was photographed with another ex-Soviet oligarch, Alexander Temerko, and Conservative minister Philip Hammond at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham. Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, OBE (born 24 August 1952) is a British former diplomat and hereditary peer. Whittingdale’s name was mud. We also asked whether he accepted that, in the light of the ISC’s Russia Report, he was foolish to accept so much money from an entity controlled by a pro-Kremlin oligarch. The Independent was a tenant of Associated Newspapers” – and the Mail group, Cusick suggested, liked Whittingdale’s policy of not implementing the full Leveson reforms on Fleet Street. Whittingdale’s love-in with Firtash is a sorry tale. Symonds and Whittingdale were fixtures at beanos thrown by the Conservative Friends of Russia, a group set up with the help of Sergey Nalobin, widely suspected of being an FSB spy. As the report states: “The extent to which Russian expatriates are using their access to UK businesses and politicians to exert influence in the UK is ***.” The committee’s asterisks cover a multitude of sins. John Whittingdale was speaking at the same event just before him.”. Tom Mutch reports from the frontline around Stepanakert, In the next part of this special Byline Times investigation, Nafeez Ahmed delves into a controversial ‘Alt-Right’ event attended by key figures in a conservative lobbying group with Home Office funding to research Islamist militancy, Adrian Goldberg reports on how those opposing controversial Swedish Coronavirus policies are met with social disapproval and a media blackout, © Byline Media Holdings Ltd, Byline Times &, Russia Rolls Out the Red Carpet for ‘Tommy Robinson’. Whittingdale was for a time a director of the BUS, as was DF’s former CEO, Robert Shetler-Jones. Katherine Frances Horner, sister of war poet Edward Horner, 3. Has he put himself in a position where he is vulnerable to the public perception that he is the Kremlin’s man? Whittingdale, then Culture Secretary, was in the room and appeared to take the gag well as he roared with laughter. You will receive email notifications every time an article on your topic of interest is published on our websites. At no time did she give me any indication of her real occupation and I only discovered this when I was made aware that someone was trying to sell a story about me to tabloid newspapers. It was created in 1925 for the Liberal politician H. H. Asquith. Raymond Benedict Bartholomew Michael Asquith, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, OBE (born 24 August 1952) is a British former diplomat and hereditary peer. Styled Viscount Asquith until he succeeded to his father's peerage titles on 16 January 2011, the earldom of Oxford and Asquith was created for his paternal great-grandfather, H. H. Asquith, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fact, the press had been sniffing around another woman entirely, Natalia Lokhanova, a 30-year-old from Belarus when she had gone out with Whittingdale four years before and the daughter of a Soviet military officer. In 1925, Asquith was raised to the peerage as Earl of Oxford and Asquith. Raymond Asquith joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1980 as a career diplomat, serving until 1997. In March 2014, Austrian authorities arrested Firtash on a multi-million bribery rap sought by the FBI. Need help?Please contact customer service. He was named after his paternal grandfather Raymond Asquith, a scholar and Army officer who was killed in action during the First World War. Oliver wrote: “The following weekend The Mail on Sunday has new allegations about him and a woman called Stephanie Hudson, a former soft porn actress. They were members of the Congregational church, whose family name derived from the village of Askwith. According to the Daily Telegraph, he was MI6 station commander in Moscow and was personally responsible for exfiltrating the KGB officer and British agent Oleg Gordievsky concealed in his car. Permission was sought from the editor to go the club and speak to her. A Who's Who of the British Secret State. In 2014, Whittingale was photographed in Ukrainian fancy dress in London with Maria Tymofienko, who styled herself in emails as “Assistant to John Whittingdale MP Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine”. Asquith was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "diplomatic services" in 1992. Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s spin doctor, takes up the story in his surprisingly good book, Unleashing Demons: “I am almost home that evening when I get a call from John Whittingdale’s Special Adviser, Carrie Symonds… Carrie has already drafted a statement which includes the following: ‘Between August 2013 and February 2014, I had a relationship with someone who I first met through Match.com. [3], In October 2014, the Earl of Oxford and Asquith was elected in the House of Lords by-election to replace the late Lord Methuen (who died in July 2014) and to sit as a Liberal Democrat, alongside his cousin Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury on the government benches (as the LibDems were then part of a coalition government) in the House of Lords. He is currently a company director of the Ukrainian corporation owned by Dmytro Firtash, and is also active in various organizations working for or promoting charitable activities in the Ukraine. Stay informed anytime, anywhere! [6] [7]. 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