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Gordon Brown’s missing £32,355

Issue No. 2084

Gordon Brown broke the Labour Party’s own donation rules after his campaign to become Labour leader last year.

According to the Electoral Commission website, his campaign lists 21 donations amounting to £196,700 and three non-cash donations totaling £19,005, giving a total of £215,705 altogether.

Under Labour’s rules he must pay 15 percent of the campaign funds raised to the party. But, unlike all the other candidates, Brown has not paid any funds over to the party, according to the Electoral Commission. He should have paid £32,355.

Peter Hain paid the Labour Party only £11,550 in September. Since then Hain has discovered the extra £103,000 of donations, and appears to have “forgotten” to pay the remaining £16,223.

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Tue 15 Jan 2008, 17:58 GMT
Issue No. 2084
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