On 18th October, English Partnerships' (EP) ‘Annual Open Meeting’ took place at the British Museum in London. For ‘educational purposes’, Mr. Vince Shalom, Family Campaigner for ‘Social Justice’ (re-Crest Nicholson Plc), attended the meeting, but he was not permitted to ask questions during official question time, despite invitations from EP Chair, Baroness Margaret Ford of Cunninghame.
As reported on the Family’s official website at http://www.mvpicton.co.uk , Mr Shalom was closely escorted most of the time, by two appointed EP ‘charmers’. During a short period set aside for, ‘questions from the floor’, Mr. Shalom wished to present the Baroness Margaret Ford of Cunninghame with an enquiry, but he was physically prevented from doing so.
Furthermore and quite unexpectedly, Mr. Shalom and English Partnerships CEO John Callcutt CBE, met briefly prior to lunch. Very serious issues between them soon re-emerged concerning Mr. Callcutt’s past employment history with Crest Nicholson Plc and in particular, his personal immoral conduct, in the entire orchestration of the eviction of the Shalom Family from their own home.
Despite the disappointments, Mr. Shalom made delivery of a further Family Appeal to English Partnerships, at their Head Office in Buckingham Palace Road, London. The Family Appeal is reproduced below:
18th October 2006
The Baroness Margaret Ford of Cunninghame (Chair) & the Board of Directors
110 Buckingham Palace Road
Delivered by hand
Dear Baroness Ford, Ladies and Gentlemen, English Partnerships,
The Shalom Family Campaign for Social Justice / Re-Crest Nicholson Plc
English Partnerships Open Meeting 2006
John Callcutt CBE CEO English Partnerships
With reference to the above, we again respectfully bring this matter to your attention and kindly refer you to our earlier letters of appeal dated, 6th April and 2nd May 2006 respectively.
For the benefit of doubt, we kindly invite you to see the full file and account of our dealing with Mr. John Callcutt CBE, former employee of Crest Nicholson Plc, and all associated correspondence between various third parties, including, (but not limited to) Crest Nicholson Marinas Limited, Quay Marinas Limited, the Cardiff Harbour Authority, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, South Wales Police, Surrey Police and the High Court Sheriff. Please contact us to arrange to see these detailed accounts.
We kindly remind you that John Callcutt CBE, presently English Partnerships’ Chief Executive Officer, acted in a most immoral fashion whilst serving as Chief Executive Officer of Crest Nicholson Plc.
We must stress again that the detail of our efforts to perform what we considered our moral duty, to repair our home, to gain insurance and also pay our mooring fees, is documented to the record. Please be aware that Crest Nicholson caused our home to become grounded in a terrifying night time accident. Likewise, the considerable efforts on the part of Mr. Callcutt and his former employer, Crest Nicholson Plc, to make sure that we could not perform our moral duty, post accident, is absolute. Their combined actions were morally wrong.
We respectfully ask that you will consider the matters before you with an honest and true conscience. We hope that you would agree that corporate bullying is shameful and should not be overlooked, or tolerated under any circumstances, especially by Central Government, and/or, those appointed by same.
We kindly urge English Partnerships to support us in our Family Campaign for Social Justice from Crest Plc and would ask that you contact them immediately via their chief Executive Officer, Mr. Stephen Stone, or their Chair, Mr. John Matthews. Both gentlemen are well aware and considering our Family Campaign. In any event we ask that you would please give this your most urgent attention based on the record and merit. Crest may be contacted at the following:-
Crest Nicholson Plc
Tel: 01932 580555
Fax: 0870 3363990
Finally, we accept that English Partnerships will undoubtedly prosper under the direct quality of leadership in Mr. John Callcutt CBE. However, in view of the above and in the circumstances, we sincerely hope that you will support our Family Campaign for Social Justice from Crest Nicholson Plc.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Marie Louise and Vince Shalom
With our daughters,
Hannah 14, Naomi 13, Rachel 9, Rebekah 7 and Jessica 6.
Formerly of The Houseboat MV Picton Penarth Marina Wales
A Perfectly Safe and Satisfactory Family Home of 14 Years
Rt. Hon Tony Blair Prime Minister
Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
HRH Prince Charles President of Business In The Community
Mr. Philip Bunt FCA Chief Executive Royal Society of Arts
Mr. John Matthews Chair Crest Plc
Footnote : One of EP’s personal male escorts invited Mr. Shalom to make his question known to him, rather than directly to the Baroness Ford of Cunninghame but he was subsequently unable to answer Mr. Shalom’s pertinent enquiry: It reads:
“In light of the most recent appointment of Mr. John Callcutt CBE as Chief Executive Officer of English Partnerships, would the Baroness please kindly inform me, my wife and our children as to whether English Partnerships has a published operating policy of, 'Anti-Bullying in The Workplace', and furthermore, would the Baroness please also kindly explain, how is it morally acceptable for English Partnerships, to continue to hold the employment position of Chief Executive Officer of English Partnerships - in favour of Mr. John Callcutt, in view of the fact that the Baroness, and English Partnerships Board of Directors, have personally been invited to investigate - the 'Shalom Family Campaign for Social Justice' allegations, directly concerning Mr. Callcutt’s past employment history, his recorded immoral conduct and recorded corporate bullying characteristics”.
The Shalom Family intend to make more formal enquiry in due course.
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