Thanet South MP, Dr Stephen Ladyman, appears to be in the news this week but for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday he was defending a contribution, revealed by 'Kent On Sunday' of a quite proper £25,000 donation by local businessman and supporter, Ken Wills to the South Thanet Labour Party in June and today, he features in 'The Register' which examines his connections, as a former UK transport minister and now an adviser to a traffic-data company.
Apparently, the Register of Members' interests shows that Dr Ladyman receives from £10,000 to £15,000 pa from ITIS Holdings plc. ITIS uses data from various sources to maintain its national traffic-flow database, which produces journey-time forecasts, blackspot updates and so on.
According to the report, "Dr Ladyman undertook not to conduct lobbying of the British government for one year when he stood down from the DfT, and this period will not expire until June. However, he considers himself at liberty to help ITIS deal with European and continental authorities, telling the Times that:
"I know quite a lot of the transport ministers around Europe..."
The broadsheet saw the Ladyman-ITIS* payments as a sign that UK national road-pricing is imminent."
Ed: I'm sure we all know a bit about roads and traffic too and that both became rather more congested and expensive under the last Transport Minister. Didn't we also lose a great deal of personal data as well which was being processed in the United States, as revealed last month, on the same Minister's watch? not his fault though.