The Labour Party knew only too well that its donations from Mr. Ruddick and Mrs. Kidd were actually from David Abrahams, a property developer. Labour General Secretary Peter Watt who was, for the purposes of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, Registered Treasurer of the party has now resigned after admitting such knowledge.

This raises the question of whether Mr. Watt may have been guilty of an offence under the Act. I have already posted here on the position of Mr. Abrahams, Mr. Ruddick and Mrs. Kidd. But if Mr. Watt knew at the time of the making of these donations that they were actually from Mr. Abrahams and connived in recording them as being from the other two people, this prima facie amounts to an act of aiding abetting counselling and procuring an offence under Section 54 (7) of the Act.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to believe that knowledge of the circumstances lies only with Mr. Watt and this must be the subject of the fullest enquiry by the authorities.

Once again Labour has been found out playing fast and loose with the law on donations. We have yet to have presented to us a full picture of its conduct in relation to the ‘cash for peerages’ scandal which took place on Tony Blair’s watch and we should now be demanding the fullest possible disclosure of the detail of that scandal.

Now we find that things are little different under Gordon Brown and that it permitted a rich businessman to conceal his identity under the cloak of donations from people who were effectively stooges known to be such by Labour. This demonstrates once more the contempt Labour has for the law and its unwillingness to abide by laws which its Parliamentary party has hustled through into law.

What we need to know is what did the hierarchy know of this and when did they know it?

Meanwhile the Police must now surely be involved in this affair.

What a disgrace they are!

And hopefully Mr. Denis McShane will cease to try and smear the Conservative Party by suggesting, as he did on Sky news this evening, that the Tories had been doing much the same thing and using this to justify funding of parties by the Taxpayer.

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