Sunday, November 25, 2007

Labour in another party funding scandal?

Labour are in yet another party funding scandal as the Mail on Sunday carries the new that a jobbing builder has donated Labour £200,000 without his knowledge nor I doubt the tax payments to justify his generosity.

The crux of the story is that Ray Ruddick who drives a battered transit van and lives in an ex council house he purchased from the council 7 years ago for £12,000 pounds is listed as having donated about £200,000, making him Labour's third biggest donor since Gordon Brown took over.

He initially denied donating at all, but has curiously admitted the last donation he is claimed to have made after some thought. That was for £80,000.

The thing that smells for me is that I can't see him being able to write a cheque that large in one go. That means that someone else should have been mentioned to the electoral commission, and that does not appear to be the case.

Update 12:39

The BBC now has this
. It could get embarrassing

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