Shaun Bailey has been filmed apparently turning his back on a homeless person, as he was urged to explain nearly £16,000 of unaccounted expenditure by a charity he used to run.
The Conservative Party’s London Mayor candidate was campaigning in the capital’s posh Primrose Hill area, when he was approached by a woman who asked him for spare change.
It came as questions resurfaced about Mr Bailey’s former charity, MyGeneration – and nearly £16,000 worth of unaccounted for spending.
Mr Bailey co-founded MyGeneration, a ‘youth charity’, in 2006.
It received more than £300,000 in donations in the year before the Conservatives came to power but was shut down in 2012 because of financial difficulties.
At the time a spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said in a statement “the charity’s trustees cited funding problems as the reason for the charity’s dissolution.”
In 2010, the Charity Commission was alerted to a hole in MyGeneration’s accounts.
The Times reported that an independent examiner discovered nearly £16,000 worth of unreceipted expenditure in the charity. The independent examiner said that the charity’s accounts showed that £15,952 worth of payments were made from a budget of £201,859 “without any supporting records”.
Labour MP Gareth Thomas called on Mr Bailey to “come clean” about the project’s finances.
Mr Bailey’s spokesman declined to comment on the video, or the questions about MyGeneration’s finances.
He said: “Clearly, until we have an answer the Tory candidate is not fit to be put in charge of a single penny of taxpayers’ money, let alone City Hall’s £19 billion budget.”
Mr Thomas said the “wasteful spending” of Bailey’s charity and the thousands of pounds unaccounted for “starkly demonstrate that he cannot be trusted by Londoners.”
In 2011 Bailey took redundancy to start work in Downing Street as Cameron’s youth and crime adviser.
He stayed in the job for several years during which time the Government implemented massive cuts to police and youth services, including removing one billion pounds from the budget of London’s Metropolitan Police.
Figures show that between 2007 and 2008 MyGeneration spent 19 in every 20 pounds it raised on back-office expenses and promotion, with only 5% of the charity’s funding going towards the communities it was supposed to help.
In 2009 alone, almost £60,000 of the charity’s funding went on travel expenses. It’s also emerged that spending on publicity for the charity trebled in 2010, the same year that Bailey stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Hammersmith.
In 2010, he branded the financial discrepancies a “smear” against him.
“MyGeneration is a small charity that has experienced rapid growth,” he said. “At that time we had a full-time staff of only two people responsible for all of the charity’s projects and administration. Like many small charities and voluntary organisations, it took us some time to develop the administrative processes.
“It is only my political opponents who have tried to bring the charitable work done by MyGeneration into disrepute. This is the second time Labour have tried to smear me by attacking the charity with no regard for the work it does with the hundreds of youth and families it supports in West London.”
In a video posted to Twitter yesterday, Mr Bailey is shown telling a woman asking for money in the street: “I haven’t got any change.”
Then an aide is heard saying: “Shaun, do you just want to pop over here?” – before he turns his back and walks away.
The man filming the video is heard saying: “You wouldn’t give a pound to a homeless person? I’ll give her a pound for you”.
Mr Bailey appears to say “Good”, before walking away down the street, leaving his battle bus behind.