Anthony John James Bailey, (born 13 January 1970) is a British public relations
Personal life and background
Bailey was born in London
on 13 January 1970 and brought up in Ruislip
His father, Colin, was an engineer
and instructor at FÁS
, an Irish state body responsible for training the unemployed. Before entering public relations, Bailey sold men's suits.
Bailey is chairman of Anthony Bailey Consulting, a public relations company. Previous positions include chairman of his own company Eligo International, and senior account director for communications firm Burson-Marsteller
, which he joined in 1993.
"PR guru behind Brown cash drive"
''The Observer'' 27 May 2007, accessed 14 June 2016
Eligo Consulting was dissolved in January 2016 with their final accounts showing funds of -£85,000. Anthony Bailey Consulting did not trade until 2016, and in accounts posted that year showed liabilities of more than £40,000.
Anthony Bailey Consulting was dissolved by order of Companies House in October 2020.
Its most recent accounts from 2018 showed it had built up losses of more than £220,000.
Bailey is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
In 2007 ''The Observer
'' referred to Bailey as a "PR guru who is one of the most influential men you have never heard of" and "a key player in the world of Catholic
and Middle East
Bailey's descriptions of his own occupation have included "Public Relations Consultant" (2010), "Royal And Diplomatic Consultant" (2011), and "Head R. Order of Knighthood" (2004).
Bailey was co-president of British Influence
and a supporter of Britain's membership of the European Union
and the Commonwealth
. Following controversy over his alleged abuse of honours, Bailey was removed as co-president of British Influence. He was a supporter of the Conservative Party
until 1999 from which time he aligned himself with the Labour Party
He made a substantial donation to the failed leadership campaign of David Miliband
Charities and institutions
In the 1990s, Bailey "revived" the so-called "Delegation for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George", under the authority of Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
, who is the "Franco-Neapolitan branch" claimant to the headship of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
. (The House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies has controlled no territory since the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
was suppressed in 1860. Since 1960 the headship of the House has been disputed.) In 2009 Bailey was appointed "magistral delegate" of the Delegation, and the organisation has awarded him other honours. Bailey has never been an officer or member of the long-established version of the Order, which is under the authority of Prince Pedro, Duke of Calabria
, the "Hispano-Neapolitan branch" claimant to the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. The longstanding version of the Order has no connection with Bailey, nor with his business activities, nor with the order of which he is described as "delegate".
In December 2020, Bailey resigned from all the roles he held in his branch of the Constantinian Order, citing its impact on his "physical and mental health."
Bailey was appointed in 1999 as executive chairman to Painting & Patronage
. (The UK company "Painting and Patronage" was dissolved in 2014.) In 2012, Bailey was a director of the United Learning Trust
. He was, until 2016, a director of St Mary's University
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In 2016 Bailey was appointed President of the Executive Council of the Portuguese Centenary Appeal. He is also a Patron of the Faiths Forum for London.
In 1995 police recorded his telephone conversations with a client, who claimed to be a Libyan prince. Bailey was accused of blackmailing the client, but the case was dismissed before it got to court.
Bailey complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the way this was reported in the ''Daily Mail'' in 2010; in resolution, the PCC negotiated a statement from the ''Mail'' that it had omitted some details in reporting these circumstances, and that it apologised for any distress caused.
Bailey claimed to be Ambassador-at-Large for The Gambia between 2004 and 2007, though the Gambian High Commission in London said at the time that they don't know much about him and "He has no office here".
According to the Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell, Bailey asked to be made the country's ambassador to the Holy See, which Mitchell rejected.
In 2005 it emerged that a £500,000 donation Bailey had made to the Labour party had been rejected by its chief fundraiser, Lord Levy, who allegedly feared the money had come from foreign businessmen. Bailey insisted the money was his own and issued legal proceedings. He later said: "The Labour party has apologised unreservedly for any distress that the affair caused". A subsequent donation of £50,000 was accepted.
In 2014, Bailey was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation, by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda. [ In May 2016, the British tabloid ''The Mail on Sunday'' reported that Bailey was accused of incorrectly using an Antiguan knighthood as if it were a British title. (Since 1813 Buckingham Palace and the Foreign Office have not allowed the use of titles from foreign knighthoods in the United Kingdom by British citizens.)
Bailey also stated that he had Antiguan citizenship on the basis of his Antiguan passport, issued when he was appointed as their special economic envoy to the European Union in 2015. The Antiguan government did confirm that Bailey's passport inaccurately stated that he is a national of Antigua and Barbuda. However, Bailey was never granted Antiguan citizenship, whether by investment or otherwise.] ["Another Caribbean diplomatic passport raises questions"](_blank)
The British firm that prints the passports apparently assumed that anyone to be issued an Antigua and Barbuda passport would be a national of that country, and they were not informed that this did not apply to Bailey.
''Caribbean News Now!'' website, 8 June 2016, accessed 10 June 2016.
Bailey's knighthood and his appointment as an economic envoy then became subject to review by the Antiguan Governor General. On 21 July 2017 his Antiguan knighthood was annulled.
Bailey was granted a Grenadian knighthood in 2015. A review by the government of Grenada was conducted and after taking legal advice, the knighthood was rescinded in August 2016. In December 2016 ''Private Eye'' reported that Bailey's lawyers were issuing legal warning letters to any Caribbean local newspapers which had reported on the knighthood controversies.
* Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester - July 2009; Knight Commander - 2004
* Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (GCHS) - July 2017.
- website of the Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain
* Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) - 2008, "for his services to inter-religious relations and charity." ["People 2007-8 Archive:Awards, Appointments, Elections and Honours"](_blank)
* Grand Officer of the Order of San Carlos - 2008, in a reciprocal arrangement whereby Bailey's Order and Colombian authorities gifted awards to each other.
* Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion - 2012
University College London website, accessed 20 June 2016
* Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Nation of Grenada – Awarded in 2015, revoked in 2016.
* Governor General of Grenada's Medal of Honour (in Gold) – Awarded in 2015, revoked in 2016.
* Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation of Antigua – Awarded in 2014, revoked in 2017.
* "How do we tell the real story?", pp. 61–69 in ''Having Faith in Foreign Policy'', London, (2007)
[Alex Bigham (ed.)]
''Having Faith in Foreign Policy''
, The Foreign Policy Centre, 2007 (accessed 19 June 2016)
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