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.