Saturday, 4 August 2012

Electoral Commission investigating Labour donations

Back in June we took a look at the Labour Party's funding, concluding that as much as 90% of their donations came either directly or indirectly from the taxpayer.

There were three dubious donations in the Labour Party's returns totalling over £23k from the Australian Labor Party, an unincorporated organisation that turned out to be a limited company and a company that doesn't appear to have been trading for a couple of years.  According to the Electoral Commission, the donation from the Australian Labor Party is legally permissible as it was to pay the costs of a political visit.  The other two donations are still under investigation so we'll have to wait and see if they've been taking dodgy donations and if the Electoral Commission will make them pay them back.