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Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Western Selection

Statement re Swallowfield PLC


Date:              11th January 2012                                           
                                                                               
On behalf of:      Western Selection P.L.C.                        

                           Western Selection P.L.C.                            

Swallowfield PLC, a company in which Western Selection P.L.C. ("Western") holds
1,869,149 shares, representing 16.53 % of the issued share capital of
Swallowfield, announced on the 9th January 2012 that Mr. Stephen Boyd was
appointed as Chairman in the place of Dr. Martin Hagen.

Whilst the change in Chairman is welcomed, it appears that one of the last acts
performed by Dr. Hagen under his chairmanship was to Chair a meeting at which
he presumably actively promoted the dismissal of Mr. Roger McDowell.

Mr. Roger McDowell was introduced to Western by Dr. Hagen and prior to his
appointment he was reportedly rigorously assessed by both the board of
Swallowfield, its Nominated Adviser, and indeed by Western's advisers. At the
most recent AGM of Swallowfield held on November 3rd, 2011 he was actively
supported by 97.5% of the shareholder base and, to the best of the knowledge
and belief of Western, had the active backing, confidence and support of all of
the Company's substantial shareholders.

His dismissal, with all the semiotics implied in the phraseology of the
release, has perplexed Western and other observers of the market. In view of
the similar departure of Mr. Patrick Gaynor, another independent minded,
capable and knowledgeable director, from the board of Swallowfield in the
recent past, Western will be making formal enquiries to Dr. Hagen of why Mr.
McDowell was dismissed without apparent cause, and will keep the market fully
appraised of its findings.

Enquiries to:

Western Selection P.L.C.                     020 7448 8950                     
Edward Beale                                                                   
                                                                               
Loeb Aron & Co. Ltd.                         020 7628 1128                     
Frank Lucas                                                                    

Notes to Editors:

Western is an investment company and the investment policy is to hold strategic
stakes in a few smaller UK quoted companies and maintain a diversified
portfolio of U.K. and overseas quoted multinational stocks, together with a few
holdings on AIM, PLUS and some unlisted shares. Strategic Investments are
minority positions where the Board seeks to maintain a close working
relationship with the management of the investee. Western is represented on the
boards of three of its four Strategic Investments.

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