Termerko – together with his firm OGN, which builds oil and gas rigs – gave £690,000 to the Tories in the last parliament. According to research by Energydesk, the millionaire has been an outspoken critic of the government’s energy policy and has recently been mooting a £1 billion project by the developer Aquind to link up the UK with the French electricity grid, ostensibly to prevent power blackouts over here.
Termeko is joined on the board of Aquind by Conservative peer and leave campaigner Lord Callanan, who has previously spoken out against the “madness” of the UK climate change act.
Last year, Channel 4 caught Temerko saying he had enough MPs to throw out David Cameron if he wished. “All MPs which I support, which is 37 MPs… You know for change [of] prime minister you need 20, I have 37. Much more than half.”
In October 2013, May joined other senior Tories in attending the 60th birthday celebration of Tory donor and climate sceptic Sir Michael Hintze. 500 guests were entertained by Billy Joel and Hugh Jackman at the £3 million bash.more » « less