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Still waiting for an answer Gerry
16/03/2010 21:30:00

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from my Labour opponent Gerry Ryan about the tax status of Michael Ashcroft. I replied pointing out that it was rather hypocritical of him to raise the issue given that Labour have accepted over £10 million from eight reportedly ‘non-dom’ donors since 2001 but agreeing that the funding of our political parties needs sorting out. I said that I supported a cap on donations from any individual, company or trade union - I think it is important that no political party is, or is perceived to be, too dependent on a single donor - and I asked him if he agreed.

I am still waiting for a straight answer. Given the news that UNITE - the union behind the BA cabin crew strike that is set to cause misery for holidaymakers this weekend which the Government has been so slow to condemn - provides 25 per cent of Labour's funding, I think we have a right to know whether Gerry thinks this is acceptable.

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On 22/03/2010 23:21:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
I think that there is a significant and substantially democratic difference between unions and individual donors and companies. As an ex member of a trade union before my retirement, I was able to opt into making a political donation via my union. A shareholder in a plc has no such oportunity to register agreement/disagreement about donations and in private companies e.g.Lord Ashcrofts etc it is solely the owners decision. I am still waiting to hear some staright answers from William Hague about his 10 year silence and rthre craven stance of David Cameron on Lord Ashcrofts hypocrisy about taking up permanent residence so that his second application to be a Lord could be achieved - according to his own letter he said that he was "unequivocal" about becoming a permanent resident before the end of the 2000 calendar year.
 
 

 

 

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