David Warburton lobbied for Russian businessman who loaned him £150K

Disgraced MP David Warburton lobbied for Russian businessman who loaned him £150,000 after regulator ruled he was not a ‘fit and proper person’ – and complained anti-sexual harassment training was ‘insane’

  • Tory MP was suspended over claims of sexual harassment and taking cocaine
  • He is further accused of failing to declare loan in 2017 from Roman Joukovski
  • It has now emerged he wrote to FCA on behalf of Russian businessman last year
  • Was also revealed that he complained the ‘Valuing Everyone’ course was ‘insane’ 

Disgraced Tory MP David Warburton lobbied for a Russian businessman who loaned him £150,000 after a regulator ruled he was not a ‘fit and proper person’, it has been revealed.

The MP for Somerton and Frome was suspended earlier this month over claims of sexual harassment and taking cocaine.

He is also accused of failing to declare a large loan in 2017 from Russian-born investment banker Roman Joukovski, to help buy a property.

It has now emerged that he wrote to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on March 12 last year, describing Mr Joukovski as ‘extremely capable’ and an ‘honest and straightforward person whom I trust’.

The letter, reported by The Sunday Times, came around the same time the FCA ruled Mr Joukovski was ‘not a fit and proper person’ and imposed restrictions on Dolfin, a company he founded, due to concerns about the way it conducts its business.

It has also come to light that Mr Warburton, 56, complained the anti-sexual harassment training course ‘Valuing Everyone’ was ‘insane’.  

He made the comment in a tweet from September 2020, which has since been deleted, responding to an MP refusing to take part in ‘Orwellian “re-education”‘.

David Warburton (pictured above), 56, lobbied for a Russian businessman who loaned him £150,000 after a regulator ruled he was not a ‘fit and proper person’, it has been revealed

He wrote to the Financial Conduct Authority (letter above) in March 2021, describing Roman Joukovski (above) as ‘extremely capable’ and an ‘honest and straightforward person’

The letter (above) came around the same time the FCA ruled Mr Joukovski was ‘not a fit and proper person’ and imposed restrictions on Dolfin, a company he founded, due to concerns about the way it conducts its business

Concerning Mr Joukovski, the Tory MP wrote to the FCA: ‘I was introduced to him through a mutual friend some four years ago, since when i have met him on numerous occasions.

‘I know Roman both socially and also in relation to his business activities. Dealing with him during this period I have formed a positive view of Roman; in my judgement he is extremely capable and an honest and straightforward person whom I trust.

‘I am happy to provide any further information that might assist the FCA in its assessment of Roman.’ 

The FCA previously said it had taken action against Dolfin because it had ‘operated a scheme designed to enable its clients to obtain a Tier 1 investor visa in breach of the immigration rules and therefore unlawfully’. 

The regulator did not name the client but openDemocracy claimed it was Nurali Aliyev, the favoured grandson of Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s autocratic former leader. 

An FCA spokesperson said: ‘As an independent regulator, we take decisions about the firms we regulate based solely on our objectives and the information and intelligence we have.’

Meanwhile, The Sun reported that Mr Warburton had not taken part in the ‘Valuing Everyone’ training as of July last year.

In an unearthed tweet, the now suspended MP wrote: ‘I’ve had to sign up to the ‘Valuing Everyone’ re-education course as not signing up is apparently a clear marker that I don’t value people and require third-party intervention.’

It has also come to light that Mr Warburton, 56, complained the anti-sexual harassment training course ‘Valuing Everyone’ was ‘insane’. He made the comment in a tweet (above) from September 2020, which has since been deleted, responding to an MP refusing to take part in ‘Orwellian “re-education”‘

The Conservative Party suspended Mr Warburton after a picture of him sitting alongside what is claimed to be lines of cocaine emerged

Mr Warburton went on to say ‘this is insane’, adding that he ‘will go no further down this rabbit hole.’

The Twitter account on which the comments were posted appears to have since been deleted. 

A Parliament spokesman told the newspaper: ‘Both Houses have made clear Valuing Everyone training is essential.

‘It has been attended by over 790 Peers and over 600 MPs.’

The ‘Valuing Everyone’ training was introduced in 2020 as part of measures to combat bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.

Mr Warburton’s wife of 20 years, Harriet, 52, was said to be fully backing her husband, who denies accusations of abusing cocaine and inappropriately touching three women

In November of the same year the virtual course was made compulsory, meaning that anyone who had not completed it by April 1 was in breach of the Code of Conduct. 

Mr Warburton is being investigated by Parliament’s new ‘#MeToo’ harassment watchdog, the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme, after being accused of taking cocaine and inappropriately touching three women.

The Conservative Party suspended him after a picture of him sitting alongside what is claimed to be lines of cocaine emerged.

Mr Warburton’s wife of 20 years, Harriet, 52, was said to be fully backing her husband, who denies all wrongdoing.

His family say the Tory, who is currently receiving psychiatric care, will launch a robust defence with his brother-in-law pondering if the politicians might have been the victim of a sting by a foreign power. 

MailOnline has reached out to Mr Warburton’s office for comment. 

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