Brown £100,000 political donation row marks start at No.10

Gordon Brown has today tried to bury details of over £100,000 of
political donations to his leadership campaign from a raft of rich
businessmen and trade unions.

While attention has been focused on the change of Prime Minister, an
obscure file lodged with the Electoral Commission this morning reveals:

  • Nearly half of the Board of Trustees of the Smith Institute –
    including the Chairman – have given cash donations to his leadership
    campaign. The controversial think tank is currently under investigation
    by the Charity Commission over its use by the Chancellor for political
    campaigning.
  • A Labour peer who provoked a row over his tax status has doubled
    his donations to Gordon Brown and given a further £20,000 in cash
    through Caparo Industries, whose parent company is based in the British
    Virgin Islands. 
  • A fourth businessman, Labour peer Lord Simon, who was appointed by
    Gordon Brown to a Treasury panel on public services has now donated
    cash. This comes after three businessmen who were appointed by the
    Chancellor to Government posts were revealed last month as donors.

Commenting, Shadow Cabinet Member, Chris Grayling said:

“Gordon Brown has spent his entire leadership campaign promising to
restore trust in politics. Now as soon as he’s become Prime Minister,
he’s trying to burying bad news about embarrassing donations to his
campaign. This sort of spinning doesn’t bode well for his time in
Number 10”. (source)

NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.

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