Quangos spend at least £500,000 on ‘pointless’ celebrity appearances

Quangos have spent at least half a million pounds of public money over the past three years hiring celebrities to host events or make after-dinner speeches, even if they have little or no connection with the cause.

BBC news presenters including Kirsty Wark and Evan Davies, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and GMTV doctor Hilary Jones are among the household names to have received thousands of pounds in public appearance fees from the taxpayer…

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