A Senior BBC executive secretly lobbied the last Labour Government over the unpaid £700,000 tax bill of a controversial charity which was later mysteriously waived at public expense.
A bombshell leaked email obtained by The Mail on Sunday shows how Alan Yentob contacted two Treasury Ministers about tax owed by the Kids Company charity, where Yentob is the chairman of trustees.
The charity, run by embattled chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh, deducted £689,000 in employment taxes from staff in 2002 – but did not pass on the money to the taxman.
The leaked email shows how Yentob, currently the BBC’s £330,000-a-year creative director, mounted a concerted operation to lobby the Labour Government to cancel the bill. The bill was waived the following year. The message, sent using a BBC email address to nine Kids Company colleagues – including Ms Batmanghelidjh – revealed he had contacted Dawn Primarolo, then the Paymaster General in the Treasury, and Paul Boateng, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, about the tax bill.