Questions over appointment of Honorary Consulate of Belize to Wales

British National, Arron Banks, claims that he was the Honorary Consulate of Belize to Wales for nearly two years. According to a ‘Wales Online’ article, published on July 18th 2018, the multi-millionaire British business man and political donor revealed on Twitter earlier this month that he had been the Honorary Consul for Wales on behalf of Belize from June 10, 2015, until March 15, 2017. Honorary Consuls do not make a living as diplomats, and in some cases they might not be a citizen of the country they represent. Nonetheless, according to Wales Online, after the revelation, one comment questioned the nature of Mr. Bank’s appointment. According to the online news article, he responded by saying that he was appointed after he helped raise funds to finish the new children cancer wing of a hospital in Belize. Banks was referring to the Intensive Care Unit  and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the KHMH which broke grounds in July of 2013 and was inaugurated on October 27, 2015. The donation was reportedly made from Mr. Banks’  ‘Love Saves the Day Foundation’ , which was wound up late last year amidst investigations by the UK’s Charity Commission. Wales Online reportedly spoke to Mr Banks’ close friend Andy Wigmore, via text message, who was head of communications for an organization Bank’s founded. Wigmore confirmed that both he and Banks were representatives of Belize, and that the two of them had been “sacked” as representatives of the Belize Government after they posed for a photograph with Donald Trump at Trump’s Inauguration. Wales Online also asked Wigmore what the point had been of Mr. Banks having the status of Honorary Consul to Wales, to which Wigmore responded, to “Help get investment into the country and he helped raise money in the UK for the Belize Children’s Trust.”  Wales Online says that they also questioned Bank’s connection to Wales, since Banks’ home and business are reportedly both in Bristol. Wigmore responded by saying that Banks was selected simply because he was the closest person living to Wales and he had an office in Cardiff.

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