Social Justice Scotland

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Group.png Social Justice Scotland
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Founder• Fiona Houston
• Heather MacLeod

Social Justice Scotland (SJS), was a short lived Conservative Party linked think tank which was created in August 2009 and closed down in December 2009-January 2010. By mid February 2010 it is in the process of relaunching as the Social Justice Foundation.

Official narrative

Terming itself "a progressive think tank founded to develop and promote fresh thinking and effective new approaches to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland", SJS stated that it was "an independent, non-partisan organisation inspired by Iain Duncan Smith's work on social justice issues."

Company background

SJS began when a private limited company called the Centre for Social Justice Scotland Limited was incorporated on 2 July 2009 with Glasgow-based Heather MacLeod as a director.[1][2] The name was changed to Social Justice Scotland on 13 August 2009.[3] On 31 August 2009 the company appointed a company secretary, the Gloucestershire-based finance director Anthony Nares.[4]

SJS began operation in August 2009.[5] Between August 2009 and January 2010 a number of directors were appointed and then had their appointments terminated. Fiona Houston (appointed 31 August 2009[6], terminated, 15 December 2009[7]); Malcolm Offord, (appointed 31 August 2009[8], terminated, 13 December 2009[9]); Malcolm Scott, (appointed 31 August 2009[10], terminated 4 January 2010[11]).

SJS came to an end on 22 January 2010 when its name was changed to Rellandum Limited in a form signed by Anthony Nares, the company secretary, one of two remaining directors.[12]

As at 5 February 2010, Social Justice Scotland has been dissolved.[13] The website has been closed down for maintenance, and the domain name is parked. The outfit has been rebranded as the Social Justice Foundation. On 3 February 2010 Heather MacLeod was appointed a director of the Social Justice Foundation.[14]

Conservative links

Most of those associated with the think tank are or have been prospective candidates or other activists for the Conservative Party.

Activities

According to the Twitter feed of Conservative PPC for Glasgow Central, John Bradley, the think tank scheduled its first advisory board meeting on 19 November 2009:

First advisory board meeting for Social Justice Scotland in Glasgow tomorrow night. 9:41 PM Nov 18th, 2009 from web[23]

People

As of November 2009[24] (but note that as at February 2010 the outfit no longer exists[25] and thus this staff list is no longer current).

Exec directors

Non-exec directors

Staff

Lucy Gilchrist, Westminster Liaison [36] | John Bradley, Projects director[37] | David Finlayson Frost, Research Director[38]

Advisory board

The Advisory board members were listed on the Social Justice Scotland website in November 2009.


References

  1. Certificate of Incorporation, Companies House, 2 July 2009, documentation retrieved 10 Feb 2010
  2. Companies House - Heather MacLeod - spreadsheet, sent to SpinProfiles editors 10 March 2010
  3. Certificate of Incorporation on change of Name, Company No. 362115, Companies House, 27 January 2010, documentation retrieved 10 Feb 2010
  4. Appointment of director or secretary, 288a, Company Number SC362115, 31 August 2009, document retrieved from Companies House 1 February 2010
  5. Home page, Social Justice Scotland website, accessed 10 Nov 2009
  6. Appointment of director or secretary, 288a, Companies House, document retrieved from Companies House 1 Feb 2010. Some personal information blocked out by SpinProfiles editors.
  7. TM01 Fiona Houston, Termination of Appointment of Director, Companies House, documentation retrieved 1 Feb 2010. Some personal information blocked out by SpinProfiles editors.
  8. Appointment of director, Malcolm Offord, Companies House document retrieved 1 Feb 2010. Some personal information blocked out by SpinProfiles editors.
  9. Termination of appointment of director, Malcolm Offord, Companies House document retrieved 1 Feb 2010
  10. Appointment of director, Malcolm Scott, 288a, Companies House document retrieved 1 Feb 2010
  11. TMO1, Termination of appointment as director, Malcolm Scott, Companies House document, retrieved 13 Feb 2010
  12. NM01, Notice of Change of Name by Resolution, first page, also NM01, Notice of Change of Name by Resolution, second page, company No. SC362115, Companies House, 2 July 2009, documentation retrieved 10 Feb 2010
  13. Companies House - Heather MacLeod - spreadsheet, sent to SpinProfiles editors 10 March 2010
  14. Companies House - Heather MacLeod - spreadsheet, sent to SpinProfiles editors 10 March 2010
  15. Heather MacLeod - Glasgow South West, Scottish Conservatives website, accessed 9 Feb 2010
  16. Heather MacLeod - Glasgow South West, Scottish Conservatives website, accessed 9 Feb 2010
  17. Scottish conservatives Fiona Houston], accessed 12 February
  18. Andrew4Glasgow Homepage, accessed 12 February 2010
  19. Twitter JSRBradley, accessed 6 February 2010 (Screen grab here)
  20. Matthew Moore Conservatives ponder further cuts to Scottish MPs, The Journal, Wednesday 03 February 2010, The Journal Issue 30
  21. Centre for Policy Studies Lucy Gilchrist's Blog, accessed 12 February 2010
  22. Yoututbe Hamira Khan, accessed 6 February 2010. (Screengrab here)
  23. Twitter JSRBradley, accessed 6 February 2010 (Screen grab here)
  24. Screengrab of SJS Directors page from Google cache as it existed at 25 Jan 2010, screengrab taken 6 Feb 2010, screengrab here
  25. Contact, Social Justice Scotland website, accessed 10 Nov 2009
  26. Social Justice Scotland Directors, SJS website, screengrab of cached version of the page as it appeared on 25 Jan 2010 22:42:25 GMT, accessed in Google cache 6 Feb 2010
  27. Heather MacLeod, LinkedIn, Google cache of the page as it appeared on 13 Jan 2010 03:47:11 GMT, accessed in Google cache 6 Feb 2010, screengrab here
  28. Social Justice Scotland Directors, SJS website, cached version of the page as it appeared on 25 Jan 2010 22:42:25 GMT, accessed in Google cache 6 Feb 2010
  29. Social Justice Scotland Directors, SJS website, screengrab of cached version of the page as it appeared on 25 Jan 2010 22:42:25 GMT, retrieved from Google cache 6 Feb 2010
  30. Anthony James Brewis Nares (b.1956), Nares.net, accessed 12 February 2010
  31. Appointment of director or secretary, Companies House document, retrieved 10 Feb 2010
  32. Bankrupt Britain, SJS website, Google cache 28 Nov 2009
  33. Bankrupt Britain, SJS website, Google cache 28 Nov 2009
  34. Social Justice Scotland Directors, SJS website, cached version of the page as it appeared on 25 Jan 2010 22:42:25 GMT, accessed in Google cache 6 Feb 2010
  35. Social Justice Scotland Directors, SJS website, cached version of the page as it appeared on 25 Jan 2010 22:42:25 GMT, accessed in Google cache 6 Feb 2010
  36. SJS 'People', Screengrab, 'This is Google's cache of http://www.cs360hosting.co.uk/sjs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=70. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 14 Dec 2009 19:55:47 GMT.', Retrieved 9 February 2010)
  37. SJS 'People', Screengrab, 'This is Google's cache of http://www.cs360hosting.co.uk/sjs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=70. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 14 Dec 2009 19:55:47 GMT.', Retrieved 9 February 2010)
  38. SJS, 'People' Screengrab, 'This is Google's cache of http://www.cs360hosting.co.uk/sjs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=70. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 14 Dec 2009 19:55:47 GMT., Retrieved 9 February 2010)
  39. Yoututbe Hamira Khan, accessed 6 February 2010. (Screengrab here)