The ArgusMillionaire says "nothing personal" in backing opponents of former business partner Simon Kirby MP (From The Argus)

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Millionaire says "nothing personal" in backing opponents of former business partner Simon Kirby MP

The Argus: Millionaire says "nothing personal" in backing opponents of former business partner Simon Kirby MP Millionaire says "nothing personal" in backing opponents of former business partner Simon Kirby MP

A millionaire businessman has stated there is nothing personal about his decision to back the political opponents of his former business partner.

Martin Webb, a former business |partner of Tory MP Simon Kirby, was named in local media reports last week as having given £2,000 to the Labour Party in July last year.

And the donation was in addition to a previous political gift of £1,500.

But Mr Webb said that far from funding a rivalry with his former business partner, he had deliberately avoided directly funding Mr Kirby’s electoral opponent Nancy Platts.

He told The Argus: “The whole time we worked together we had two different political beliefs. He was a Tory councillor and I have always been a different side but that never was a factor in our business partnership. I have deliberately not given in support of the person standing against Simon but I am happy to back Peter Kyle in Hove.

“I see Simon for beers on a regular basis and we talk about many things and when we discuss politics we might have a robust conversation but we will always respect each other’s opinion and that’s the way it should be.”

Mr Webb made his fortune from the sale of the retail and leisure company C-Side, which he founded with Mr Kirby for £15 million in 2001.

The businessman, who currently owns a string of successful pubs in the city, including the Stoneham, the Connaught and the Robin Hood, said he was looking at adding other pubs in the city to his portfolio but had no concrete offers in at the moment.

He added he hoped to build his current pub company to a similar size as C-side, which at its peak owned 31 establishments in the city, including a string of seafront clubs.

The former presenter of Channel 4’s Risking It All said he was surprised the focus on political spending had fallen on him when he was far from the only businessman backing political parties in the city and far from the biggest donor.

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6:53am Tue 18 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Well it was Labour who created the 24 hour drinking society from which these gentlemen became wealthy.
We all remember Mr Blair's dream of the Euro cafe culture. Instead we got carnage and party houses.
Well it was Labour who created the 24 hour drinking society from which these gentlemen became wealthy. We all remember Mr Blair's dream of the Euro cafe culture. Instead we got carnage and party houses. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 11

8:42am Tue 18 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

What some people will do to get their name in the newspaper!
Degrading?
What some people will do to get their name in the newspaper! Degrading? ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -3

10:00am Tue 18 Feb 14

Hove Actually says...

Stoneham and sucessful, two words that you don't see in the same sentence usually
Stoneham and sucessful, two words that you don't see in the same sentence usually Hove Actually
  • Score: 3

10:39am Tue 18 Feb 14

cleggalike says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Well it was Labour who created the 24 hour drinking society from which these gentlemen became wealthy.
We all remember Mr Blair's dream of the Euro cafe culture. Instead we got carnage and party houses.
Typical Argus website moanerati.

Martin Webb is a decent guy and a good businessman, who has done a lot for the city. The fact that he and Simon Kirby worked successfully together for many years and still maintain a friendship despite their political differences says a lot for both men.

the grumpy losers who regularly post on here could learn a lot from that.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Well it was Labour who created the 24 hour drinking society from which these gentlemen became wealthy. We all remember Mr Blair's dream of the Euro cafe culture. Instead we got carnage and party houses.[/p][/quote]Typical Argus website moanerati. Martin Webb is a decent guy and a good businessman, who has done a lot for the city. The fact that he and Simon Kirby worked successfully together for many years and still maintain a friendship despite their political differences says a lot for both men. the grumpy losers who regularly post on here could learn a lot from that. cleggalike
  • Score: 25

11:11am Tue 18 Feb 14

Goldenwight says...

And this is news why, ecactly? Because it looks to me like a piece of personal aggrandisement which 'The Argus' has accepted as a specefiller. Still, no news is good news as they say.
And this is news why, ecactly? Because it looks to me like a piece of personal aggrandisement which 'The Argus' has accepted as a specefiller. Still, no news is good news as they say. Goldenwight
  • Score: 12

11:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

Point says...

What the article does not say, is that Martin Webb gives many Thousands each year to local charities, and his pub the Robin Hood was set up so that the profits all go to local projects. £2,000 headline news he gives so much more away impacting our community, if only there were more businessmen like Martin Webb
What the article does not say, is that Martin Webb gives many Thousands each year to local charities, and his pub the Robin Hood was set up so that the profits all go to local projects. £2,000 headline news he gives so much more away impacting our community, if only there were more businessmen like Martin Webb Point
  • Score: 28

11:59am Tue 18 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

Yet another SuperDry clone...
Yet another SuperDry clone... All 9 of me
  • Score: -4

12:04pm Tue 18 Feb 14

bug eye says...

Martin, the Blue Lagoon pub Hove seafront is ripe a gastro pub if your looking.
Martin, the Blue Lagoon pub Hove seafront is ripe a gastro pub if your looking. bug eye
  • Score: 5

3:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

We are the 99% says...

Don't be apologetic Mr Webb, for having what most Tories lack - a conscious and concern for your fellow man!
And before all the rabid right wing on here start banging on about how little the Labour Party did for working people?
You're right!
Labour didn't do much for working people!
But no matter how little the Labour Party did, it will ALWAYS be 100 times more than what any Conservative/Condem government will do!
Don't be apologetic Mr Webb, for having what most Tories lack - a conscious and concern for your fellow man! And before all the rabid right wing on here start banging on about how little the Labour Party did for working people? You're right! Labour didn't do much for working people! But no matter how little the Labour Party did, it will ALWAYS be 100 times more than what any Conservative/Condem government will do! We are the 99%
  • Score: 5

4:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ronrostog says...

Politics aside, met him a couple of times and seems like a nice fella. Gotta say, did a bit of work for one of his interests some time back and was owed a bit of money by a middle man. When he found out at another job I was on he sorted me out straight away with a heartfelt apology. Don't get that often I can tell you!
Politics aside, met him a couple of times and seems like a nice fella. Gotta say, did a bit of work for one of his interests some time back and was owed a bit of money by a middle man. When he found out at another job I was on he sorted me out straight away with a heartfelt apology. Don't get that often I can tell you! ronrostog
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Perhaps this Labour supporter should give some of his millions to the poor widows and orphans foul Labour made when they sent our boys and girls in to Iraq and Afghanistan woefully under-equipped because Blair and Brown had sold all our Gold.

Odious man and his pubs are as skanky as his hideous pink jumper.
Perhaps this Labour supporter should give some of his millions to the poor widows and orphans foul Labour made when they sent our boys and girls in to Iraq and Afghanistan woefully under-equipped because Blair and Brown had sold all our Gold. Odious man and his pubs are as skanky as his hideous pink jumper. LeonBIank666
  • Score: -7

10:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Martha Gunn says...

This guy is a long-standing prominent philanthropist in the city.
He has a social conscience and believes in social enterprise.
So he's hardly likely to support the Tories is he?
This guy is a long-standing prominent philanthropist in the city. He has a social conscience and believes in social enterprise. So he's hardly likely to support the Tories is he? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 5

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