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The company that’s causing controversy on the streets of London

This is Phil.  He’s the boss of Stash-the-Cash.com, a company who can set you up with a phantom firm in minutes – no questions asked.  We joined him on the streets of London to see if anyone was interested in his services. First stop, Buckingham Palace.  Phantom firms can help criminals, corrupt politicians and......

David Cameron announces historic move to crack down on UK phantom firms

Today I had the privilege of being in the audience at the Open Government Partnership summit when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said that the UK will make information about who owns and controls companies available to the public. I couldn’t believe it. In the fight against phantom firms it’s a huge win. There’s mor......

This outrageous company is helping criminals rob Africa of billions

This morning my Twitter feed is full of talk about this company called Stash-the-Cash.com.  No-one can believe they are for real, and I’m not surprised.  It’s incredible. This is their corporate video which has to be seen to be believed. Using the strap line ‘So easy, it should be criminal’ they are ......

Leaving loopholes for launderers?

At the G8 Summit, David Cameron made clear that his personal ambition is to see the whole world move towards the public disclosure of who owns and controls companies. Such a move would represent a hugely important crack down on the use of anonymous shell companies by dodgy leaders and irresponsible business to stash their&hel......

Not strictly come dancing with Vince Cable – but close enough

Yesterday I delivered over 35,000 signatures to Dr Vince Cable MP in London, asking him to crack down on phantom firms, and make information about who owns and controls companies and trusts available to the public. He’s the minister in charge of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and leading the governme......

What we want the Open Government Partnership Summit to deliver next week

The Summit of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will be held next week in London.  The OGP is a group of 60 countries, including the US, the UK, Brazil and 6 African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa) that have made a commitment to work with civil society to promote more transparency, par......

7 reasons why David Cameron needs to crack down on phantom firms now

Phantom firms play a central role in laundering and channelling money, concealing behind a veil of secrecy the identity of corrupt individuals and irresponsible businesses involved in tax evasion, terrorist financing, and the trafficking of drugs and people. This enables smooth criminals to hide their dodgy dealings and to st......

It’s decision time in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

This post was originally published on The Huffington Post. The debate about the size of Britain’s aid budget was settled earlier this year when the government delivered on its promise to invest 0.7% of our national income in fighting poverty and disease – a decision that, contrary to what the cynics insist, had t......

Fighting phantom firms

We’ve been having some fun with phantom firms since we launched our petition last week. Spooky Friday the 13th tweets, blogs about Michael Jackson… But getting a law changed is pretty serious business, and we have to use all the methods and channels available to us to keep up the pressure. Vince Cable MP, in&helli......

Meet Claire, our ONE member of the month

Claire is a ONE member and foster carer from Epping in Essex, UK. To be a good campaigner you need a good support network. Whether that’s your family, your friends, or your local community, you always need that core group of people to take your message to the next level. My name is Claire and…...

Breakfast of Champions

If you’ve been following our coverage of the G8 Summit, which took place in the UK a week and a half ago, you know that the theme for the summit was Trade, Tax and Transparency. And though the official summit was just two days, many other exciting events surrounded it. If you haven’t yet, read…...