Stanley Kalms

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Stanley Kalms

Stanley Kalms (born 21 November 1931) is the former treasurer of The Conservative Party and a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel. He was the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank from 1991-2001.

Business

Kalms is the life president and former chairman of DSG International (formerly Dixons Group). DSG owns Dixons.com, Currys, The Link and PC World outlets. He spent his entire career from 1948 working for Dixons, which was founded by his father Charles Kalms in 1937[1].

Political activities

Kalms was Treasurer of the Conservative Party from 2001 until 2003. In 2009, there were reports that he could be thrown out of the Conservative party, after he said he was considering lending his vote to UKIP in the European elections.[2]

Renewing One Nation

Kalms provided £300,000 funding for Tim Montgomerie to establish the Renewing One Nation group within the Conservative Party. The funding was provided on the condition that the organisation be non-denominational. [3] Renewing One Nation was a predecessor to the Centre for Social Justice [4] and claimed that the Conservative Party's proposed tax cuts would 'foster a compassionate society where people are rewarded for taking responsibility for themselves, their families and their communities.' [5]

Views

Criticism of William Hague

Lord Kalms criticised William Hague in 2006 for describing the Israeli military attack on Lebanon as a "disproportionate" response, calling him an "ignorant armchair critic" and arguing that his remarks were "downright dangerous"[6].

On Islam

British Jewish author Tony Lerman, formerly of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research has written about feeling uncomfortable with views expressed by Kalms on Islam. Lerman recalls a meeting on 17 November 2006:

There was only one 'interest' that European Jews needed to pursue in Europe, he [Kalms] said: Islam and Islamic fundamentalism. What JPR should be doing is fighting Islam, showing complete support for the two people who had stood up to Islam - Tony Blair and George Bush. Most Muslims didn't want to integrate, he said. Ultimately they would line up behind the fundamentalists. After making disparaging remarks about Islam he asserted that the problem was what Muslims were doing in their schools, in their madrassas and in their mosques cannot be controlled.

Lerman wrote that he found it 'deeply disturbing that some in high political circles' would believe that Kalms' views were 'representative of Jewish views generally'.[7]

Donations

Recorded by the Electoral Commission:

Date Name of donor Amount Donated to
23/02/2001 Stanley Kalms £9,729.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
02/03/2001 Stanley Kalms £20,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
12/03/2001 Stanley Kalms £2,350.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
13/03/2001 Stanley Kalms £2,526.25 Conservative and Unionist Party
21/03/2001 Stanley Kalms £3,337.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
02/04/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £2,408.75 Conservative and Unionist Party
21/05/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £38,011.25 Conservative and Unionist Party
19/06/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £5,000.00 Rt Hon Michael Portillo MP
12/07/2001 Sir Harold Stanley Kalms £5,000.00 Mr George Iain Duncan-Smith
29/08/2001 Sir Harold Stanley Kalms £235.50 Mr George Iain Duncan-Smith
04/12/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £69,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
19/12/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £3,525.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
31/12/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £1,445.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
04/03/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £120,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
09/05/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £4,688.25 Conservative and Unionist Party
10/06/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £1,529.99 Conservative and Unionist Party
24/06/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £160,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
30/06/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £10,769.23 Conservative and Unionist Party
02/09/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £80,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
30/09/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £6,666.67 Conservative and Unionist Party
18/10/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £4,666,62 Conservative and Unionist Party
12/12/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £7,138.13 Conservative and Unionist Party
04/12/2001 Sir Stanley Kalms £69,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
20/12/2002 Sir Stanley Kalms £41,033.91 Conservative and Unionist Party
17/04/2003 Sir Stanley Kalms £7,266.30 Conservative and Unionist Party
15/05/2003 Sir Stanley Kalms £250.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
30/06/2003 Sir Stanley Kalms £1,210.27 Conservative and Unionist Party
06/11/2003 Sir Stanley Kalms £4,500.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
31/03/2004 Lord Stanley Kalms £3,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
10/11/2004 Lord Stanley Kalms £10,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
04/03/2005 Lord Stanley Kalms £5,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
04/04/2005 Stanley Lord Kalms £2,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
17/10/2005 Lord Stanley Kalms £25,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
06/07/2006 Lord Stanley Kalms £5,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
25/07/2007 Lord Stanley Kalms £2,000 Conservative and Unionist Party
30/11/2007 Lord Stanley Kalms £25,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
01/12/2007 Lord Stanley Kalms £5,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
11/03/2009 Mr Stanley Kalms £3,000.00 Conservative and Unionist Party
04/04/2016 Stanley Kalms £10,000.00 Vote Leave
10/05/2016 Howard Stanley Kalms £10,000.00 Vote Leave
10/05/2016 Howard Stanley Kalms £10,000.00 Vote Leave
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Affiliations

Carlton Club | Centre for Policy Studies | Stanley Kalms Foundation | Conservative Friends of Israel | Dixons | DSG International | Conservative Party | Traditional Alternatives Foundation

External resources

Notes

  1. Finance, Dixons through the ages, The Telegraph, 05-April-2006, Accessed 03-January-2009
  2. Kirsty Walker, Former Tory chairman Stanley Kalms faces expulsion from party after 'lending vote to UKIP', Mail Online, 5 June 2009.
  3. Chris Cook, 'Christian Tories rewrite party doctrine', Financial Times, 12 February 2010
  4. Chris Cook, 'Christian Tories rewrite party doctrine', Financial Times, 12 February 2010
  5. Internet Archive, Renewing One Nation, RENEWING CIVIL SOCIETY How Conservatives will empower Britain's good neighbours, 23 July 2001
  6. Andrew Pierce, Cameron faces revolt over Israel, The Times, 03-August-2006, Accessed 03-January-2009
  7. Antony Lerman, 2012. The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: a personal and political journey, London: Pluto, p.167.
  8. Electoral Commission, Stanley Kalms Donation Search, accessed 20 June 2016