Tory leadership contender Dominic Raab is using an office owned by a fracking tycoon despite saying this week “we’ve got to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”
Land registry documents show that the office is owned by John Gordon Cluff, an oil and gas tycoon better know as Algy Cluff.
In recent years Cluff has invested millions in onshore and offshore fracking, but saw his flagship project to burn coal under North Sea blocked by the Scottish government. Cluff remarked that “in my opinion this can be done very safely, but my opinion is not shared by anybody else.”
Dominic Raab’s decision to use offices owned by Cluff will undermine attempts to prove his green credentials earlier this week with a series of policy announcements.
It is not the only controversy surrounding Cluff. In the early 1990s it emerged he was at the centre of Conservative Party efforts to raise half a million pounds from donors in Hong Kong over dinner. Cluff was entirely unapologetic, saying “cheques would be written there and then over the table. They weren’t for huge amounts of money, 20,000 would be about average.”