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Thursday, October 19, 2006
Fresh donor row
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, donated £36 to Labour. She subsequently received invitations to meet prominent politicians and “have her say” in the drafting of the next Labour election manifesto.
A party spokesman refused to comment on individual cases, but said the “membership” system was fully approved by the Electoral Commission. Party chair Hazel Blears faced immediate calls to name all others who donated under the controversial arrangements.
Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell declared the Labour Party morally bankrupt. Though his party run a similar system, the pensioner proudly acknowledged there are no benefits to being a Lib Dem member.
Tony Blair denied donors had a say in policy, arguing “Trade unions are our biggest donors, and we ignore everything they say.” He admitted the party was in debt and offered to stay in power to avoid a costly leadership election.
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