Beecroft accused of having vendetta against film boss

Kate Beecroft MHK

Kate Beecroft MHK

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Lib Van leader Kate Beecroft, pictured, was accused in the House of Keys of waging a personal vendetta against island film producer Steve Christian.

Ramsey MHK Leonard Singer made the comment during question time when Mrs Beecroft raised further questions about the controversial Pinewood deal.

In Tynwald last week, the Lib Van MHK for Douglas South circulated an extract from Pinewood Shepperton plc’s annual reports and accounts showing the company had signed a £336,000 a year deal with Gasworks Media Ltd, a company incorporated in the island and whose sole shareholder is Steve Christian, who is also an executive director in the group.

Mr Christian was founder and former chairman of CineManx and was appointed executive director of the Pinewood board in October 2012.

In the Keys this week, Mr Singer claimed Mrs Beecroft was ‘carrying out a personal vendetta against Mr Christian’.

But he subsequently withdrew the remark after Speaker Steve Rodan ruled that it was not acceptable.

Treasury Minister Eddie Teare said the annual fee paid to Pinewood Film Advisers was payable even if there is no further investment in film production.

He said the balance of the Media Development Fund managed by Pinewood Film Advisers stands at £24.3m, including a cash balance of £10.3m. Mrs Beecroft pointed out nearly £15m had been spent out of the fund and wondered when we would see any monetary benefit.

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