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Adviser whistleblower to stand for parliament

Adviser whistleblower to stand for parliament

The former adviser behind an ongoing complaint about Lloyds Banking Group has announced he is to stand for parliament at the forthcoming general election.

Ian Taplin will contest the Maidenhead constituency, currently held by home secretary Theresa May MP, as an independent. He plans to campaign on a broad anti-corruption slate.

Beyond his complaint against Lloyds, Mr Taplin was a founding member of Whistleblowers UK, an organisation to help provide a platform for whistleblowers from all industries, but has now severed links with the group and established a new association of whistleblowers.

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Mr Taplin’s own complaint against Lloyds, revolving around the way the bank segmented clients when he worked there as an adviser in the mid-2000s, is ongoing, but has been supported by Ms May. Mr Taplin credited her intervention with earning him a second visit to present his case to the regulator earlier this year. The FCA reviewed his complaint in January having initially rejected it in December 2013. He is currently awaiting the outcome of that meeting.

jon.cudby@ft.com