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Labour Questions As Associate Of Baroness Warsi Wins £120K Government Ww1 Lecture Deal

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is paying Curzon Education Ltd £120,000 for 50 talks this year at an average of £2,400 each.

The company's sole director is retired Army captain Afzal Amin, who was named the Tory parliamentary candidate for the highly marginal Labour of Dudley North last February.

The Sunday Express has also discovered that Curzon Education is currently trying to secure a business case for a new free school later this year.

It intends to submit an application to Education Secretary Michael Gove by April.

The six-month First World War project was not advertised publicly, which is allowed under Government rules, and the grant was agreed after negotiations between Mr Amin and civil servants last September.

He had originally bid for £500,000 of public funding but this was refused.

Each talk will last up to 3.5 hours, making Curzon’s rate about £685 an hour on average.

The company is linked to the Curzon Institute, which provides consultancy advice to “government agencies, NGOs and private sector clients in their interactions with their minority communities”.

Seriously, I mean it's not like we've got a country full of history Professors who could do this!

So the original bid was to do this for £500k, £10k a lecture WTF was he going to do have a 3d lazer show so the audience could fell like they were in the trenches followed by massive firework display?

3.5hr it must be going to be one hell of a talk, will it be a stadium tour? At this price he must be presenting to hundreds of thousands of people.... It would be embarrassing if he was giving this lecture to empty seats...

Good to know austerity Britain is at an end and the recovery is here.

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Seriously, I mean it's not like we've got a country full of history Professors who could do this!

Yes but would they rewrite history to Goves' specification?!

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