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Notification of the contamination of the bidding process to the lead contractor | March 4, 2011

This email went to the entire executive board of Laing O’Rourke. The emails used were, ray.o’, des.o’,,,,,

None of the emails bounced so there is a good chance some at least of the mean board will read the email.  Robert Henderson


4 March 2010

 To: Ray O’Rourke – Chairman and Chief Executive Laing O’Rourke

 CC Des O’Rourke – Deputy Chairman

      Bernard Dempsey – Deputy Chairman

     Anna Stewart – Group Director of Finance and Commerce

     Roger Robinson – Chief Executive Officer, Europe

     Andrew Wilson – Chief Executive Officer, Australia and South East Asia

     Paul Neely – Company Secretary

Dear Mr O’Rourke, 

I see that Laing O’Rourke has just signed the contract to build the UKCRMI laboratory on land behind the British Library.  There is a complication of which I suspect you are unaware: the bidding for the site was a sham. There is consequently the possibility of legal action from the failed bidders and other interested parties.

I have used the FOIA to demonstrate that Gordon Brown fixed the result of the bid for UKCRMI by his personal influence.  He had done so even before the period for expressions of interest was over. 

To make the matter as simple as possible, I shall not at this stage send you all the documents relating to Brown’s interference, merely those which form a paper trail from the period before the closing date for expressions of interest  to the announcement of the sale of the land by Gordon Brown.   I have highlighted  (by bolding) the passages in the documents which refer directly or indirectly to Brown’s interest.  Where a figure such [40] appears, that means redaction has occurred under one of the the exemptions in the FOIA, the number referring to a paragraph or clause in the Act.  These documents will also give you a good sketch of the background to the bidding process.

Further relevant documents can be found at

I shall be happy to allow you full sight of the documents I have obtained under  the FOIA. 

You may wish to  reconsider the contract in the light of this information.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Henderson

See for the documents supplied with the above email


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