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I am amused to see that Iain has picked up some very useful information about Harriet Harman. One of the questions which was asked about the
David Grossman has uncovered more about the reason Harriet Harman was so keen to accept money from
David AbrahamsJanet Kidd. She is in debt up to her very pretty eyebrows. Her campaign overspent to the extent that next week she is holding a fundraiser in Leicester Square, billed as "This is the last opportunity to raise funds towards the cost of our very successful campaign. Places are limited and tickets are available strictly on a first come first served basis.". Tickets are a mere £30. However, that's not the juicy bit.
It turns out that Harriet Harman has taken out undeclared loans to fund her campaign, which have not been declared to the Electoral Commission and the loans amount to a five figure sum. We already knew that she took out a £10k loan at the beginning of the campaign, which she was totally open about. Grossman is alleging that the further loans should have been declared to the Electoral Commission.
Indeed. And, as Iain has pointed out, David Grossman has a few questions for darling Harriet.
This lunchtime I filed a series of 11 questions to the Labour Party - I'm still waiting for a response
Here are the questions:
- How did Harriet Harman fund her campaign for the deputy leadership election?
- How much did the campaign cost to run in total?
- Is the loan for £10,000 pounds from the National Westminster Bank taken out on the 3rd October 2006 the only loan she has entered into to fund her campaign?
- Why is she still raising money for a campaign that finished on 22nd June 2007?
- Where will the money go that is raised at the event planned for 5th December 2007 at Sounds Nightclub in Leicester Square?
- If the money raised at this event goes towards settling campaign debts, where are the required records of those debts?
- Did she borrow money in her own name for the purposes of the campaign without declaring it to the electoral commission as a loan?
- Did she borrow money against any assets owned jointly with Jack Dromey for the purpose of funding her campaign?
- Why is Harriet Harman using her office in the House of Commons as a base from which to raise party political funds, in contravention of Parliamentary rules? (the initiation for her fund raiser on the 5th December invites people to send donations to Charlotte Montague at her office at the House of Commons)
- Is Charlotte Montague’s salary paid from Harriet Harman’s MP’s allowances?
- If Charlotte Montague is paid from Harriet Harman’s MP’s allowances why is she working on Harriet Harman’s campaign from Harriet Harman’s office at the House of Commons? Why has she not registered this in the relevant register of interests for MP’s staff?
Well, we shall all look forward to the answers, obviously. In the interests of good governance, you understand, and not from a sense of vindictive amusement. Well, apart from me, of course: it's vindictive amusement all the way, here in Hell.
As a quick aside, I do wish that the Labour Party would stop all of this crap about how they are going to return the donations; as UKIP found, the law is perfectly clear: impermissible donations are to be confiscated and handed over to the Treasury.
Meanwhile, dear Harriet's arse is about to be handed to her on a plate...
UPDATE: Iain is also reporting that Peter Hain accepted £5,000 too.
This is what the Press Association is reporting about a donation from Gordon Brown's chief fundraiser to the Peter Hain Deputy Leadership campaign of, er, £5,000...Work and Pensions Secretary Peter Hain tonight admitted that he failed to register a £5,000 donation to his deputy leadership campaign by Labour's new chief fund raiser. Mr Hain blamed an "administrative error" for the failure to inform the Electoral Commission of the donation by Jon Mendelsohn. "In the light of recent events, it has come to my attention that a donation from Jon Mendelsohn to my deputy leadership campaign was mistakenly not registered with the Electoral Commission," Mr Hain said in a statement. "Jon Mendelsohn made a personal contribution of £5,000 at the end of June 2007. We wish to make clear that this was entirely an administrative error on the part of my campaign. "I very much regret that the donation was not registered as it should have been and I am taking immediate steps to do so." Mr Mendelsohn, who was not the party's fund raiser at the time, is already facing calls for his resignation after the disclosure that he was aware two months ago of the proxy donations to the party made by property developer David Abrahams.
The question Mr Mendelsohn will need to answer is this: was it truly a "personal" donation?
Oh dear. Chortle...