Weston-super-Mare MP named anti-corruption champion by Prime Minister

John Penrose. Picture: Eleanor Young

John Penrose. Picture: Eleanor Young - Credit: Eleanor Young

Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose said he is ‘thrilled’ to receive a new role from Prime Minister Theresa May to tackle ‘ruthless criminals’.

Mr Penrose has been given the title of anti-corruption champion in a bid to tackle corruption and economic crime nationwide.

The Government’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced this week the Government would be cracking down on crime which exploited the vulnerable and those who profit from fraud, money laundering and corruption.

She announced a number of measures including new laws and an enhanced operational response.

Mr Penrose was chosen as the champion and, in his role, he will be responsible for challenging and supporting the Government in implementing the strategy, as well as promoting the UK’s response to corruption both domestically and international.

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He said: “Corruption destabilises governments and economies, taking money away from developing nations to support the luxury lifestyles of ruthless criminals.

“I am thrilled to have been appointed and am looking forward to furthering the work which has already been done in rooting out corruption and securing the UK’s prosperity.”

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Mr Penrose will join the Home Secretary at a new economic crime strategic board to drive the action.

It will bring together the relevant ministers from across the Government to agree strategic priorities and to ensure the right resources are allocated across law enforcement agencies to tackle economic crime.

The strategy sets out the Government’s aims and establishes a long-term framework for tackling corruption up to 2022.

It focuses on six main priorities, including reducing the insider threat in high risk sectors, and promoting integrity across both the public and private sectors.

It will also aim to improve the business environment and it will involve working alongside other countries to combat corruption.

Ms Rudd said: “The measures we have announced today will significantly improve our ability to tackle the most serious cases of economic crime by ensuring our agencies have the tools and investment they need to investigate, prosecute and confiscate criminal assets.”

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