Labour is demanding immediate action from the Conservatives, after reports that a website run by one of the party’s newly-elected MPs promoted a “sugar daddy” service offering single parents and students financial support from wealthy sponsors.
The Sugar Daddy service was one of four “recommended resources” listed on clean-break.co.uk, a website run by Bridgend MP Jamie Wallis’s company Quickie Divorce Ltd, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.
A link carried on the clean-break site said that Sugar Daddy was “a trusted introduction service” which “can introduce you to your very own sugar daddy and solve your money worries”.
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And the site itself asked potential users: “Are you a student, a single parent or just short of money? 1000s of wealthy executives, international businessmen and diplomats are eager to sponsor you through these difficult times. Typical sponsorship can be £2,000 – £25,000 per year.”
Mr Wallis is reported to have resigned as director of Quickie Divorce within days of winning Bridgend from Labour by a slim 1,157-vote majority on 12 December. But his name is still listed by Companies House as having a controlling interest of more than 75 per cent in the firm.
Mr Wallis told BuzzFeed that he had nothing to do with Sugar Daddy. But the site said he did not respond when asked why his website recommended it.
In a statement, the Bridgend MP said: “Online queries indicate the sugar-daddy.net website was registered in 2004 and ceased to be operational in 2010.
“The site appears to have been owned and operated by a company named SD Billing Services Limited. For the avoidance of any doubt, I have never had a financial interest, nor been a director of SD Billing services Limited and cannot comment on its operational activities.”
Clean-break offers assistance to divorcing couples in obtaining a consent order to ensure that ex-partners do not make further financial claims on one another after reaching an agreement.
According to BuzzFeed, it was one of a number of online services offered by companies operated by Wallis before he became an MP. Mr Wallis has threatened legal action after Bridgend Council issued a freedom of information response detailing hundreds of trading standards complaints which it said it had received in relation to the sites.
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Labour shadow cabinet minister Jon Trickett said: “This website and Jamie Wallis’s other businesses range from the unsavoury to the downright appalling, with exploitation at the heart of every one.
“The people of Bridgend deserve better than a Tory MP who appears to have been preying on vulnerable students.
“The Conservative party must take immediate action or accept that they have no ethical code left.”
There was no immediate response from Mr Wallis or the Conservative Party to requests for comment from The Independent.