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
- 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
- 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)
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