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Arms dealers on tour with David Cameron

Issue No. 2240

Tory prime minister David Cameron is touring the Middle East with a group of companies, including arms dealers. He defended the weapons of destruction tour saying, 'It’s a good thing to take strong business delegations.

'We do have strong defence relationships with countries in the region. The idea that we shouldn’t have defence relationships, I don’t understand.'

Also, more than 80 British firms are represented at the ongoing International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, including BAE, Thales UK and Motorola UK. The firms are offering everything from weapons and communications equipment to parachutes and uniforms.

Below we print the list of companies, including arms manufacturers, construction companies and others that have accompanied Cameron on his tour of the Middle East.

It is notable that as well as arms manufacturers he is accompanied by representatives of Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College and Bangor universities.

Students will be protesting against the links between universities and dictatorial regimes. They will demonstrate at the members' meeting of Universities UK tomorrow, Thursday. Universities UK is the organisation of university vice chancellors.

The protest begins at 2pm at Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ. It is called by the Education Activist Network.

Samir Brikho, CEO, AMEC
Steve Marshall, Chairman, Balfour Beatty
Graham Cartledge, Chairman, Benoy
Mouzan Majidi, CEO, Foster & Partners
Ben Gordon, CEO, Mothercare
Keith Howells, Chairman, Mott MacDonald
Chris Hyman, CEO, Serco
John Stanion, Chairman & CEO, Taylor Woodrow
Professor Malcolm Grant, President/Provost, UCL
Paul Skinner, CEO, Infrastructure UK
Bob Fryar, Executive Vice President for Production, BP
Ian Gray, Non-Exec Chairman of Vodafone Egypt
Philip Dilley, Chairman, Arup
Stuart Laing, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cambridge University
Peter Gammie, CEO, Halcrow
Lord Darzi, Imperial College
Malcolm Brinded, Exec VP, Shell
John Peace, Chairman, Standard Chartered
Ian Conn, MD & CE, BP
Richard Barrett, Regional Director, Atkins
Rob Watson, Regional Director, Rolls Royce
Victor Chavez, Thales UK
Ian King, CEO, BAe Systems
Prof John Hughes, Vice Chancellor, Bangor University
Dean Webster, EO, Cyril Sweett
Michiel Soeting, Global Head of ENR/Oil & Gas, KPMG
Rob King, Development Director ME, the Edge
Shaun Carter, Regional Director, Carillion
Sam Laidlaw, CEO, Centrica
Charles Hughes, VP Marketing, Cobham Group
Dr Rajan Jethwa, CEO, Virgin Healthbank
Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal, Williams F1
Alastair Bisset, Group International Director, QinetlQ
Andy Pearson, MD, Babcock International Group
Elizabeth Reid, CEO, SSA Trust
Douglas Caster, CEO, Ultra Electronics


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