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Alistair Darling's fundraising breakfast hosted by Deutsche Bank

11 December 2007
New Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling appeared at a Labour fundraising breakfast last week hosted by a bank involved in the takeover bid for Northern Rock.

Labour funding row: green light given for fast track planning applications

11 December 2007
The Newcastle businessman at the centre of the Labour party donations scandal had a planning application fast tracked under a scheme the government is now pushing across the country.

Peter Hain’s funding headache

04 December 2007
On Tuesday Peter Hain admitted to a set of donations which should have been declared previously. They arise from a fundraising dinner in April organised by Huw Roberts who became Royal Mail’s director of Welsh affairs in June.

David Abrahams, Labour and property development in the North East

04 December 2007
Across the north east of England people are asking questions about property developments and the role of the Labour Party.

New Labour’s shabby scrabbling for cash

04 December 2007
It’s possible that the David Abrahams funding scandal will come to be seen as an important stage in the long, slow death of the Labour Party.

David Abrahams' 1976 election leaflet

04 December 2007

Should unions be stopped from funding Labour?

04 December 2007
While scandals about rich businessmen’s relationships to the Labour Party unravel, it has been trade unions that have come in for attack in sections of the media.

Scandal threatens Labour Party in Scotland

04 December 2007
The situation for New Labour is even worse in Scotland. The party’s new leader Wendy Alexander has broken laws introduced by the Labour government banning the receipt of proxy donations and donations by non-British residents.

Sleaze allegations grow as crisis engulfs Gordon Brown

04 December 2007
Gordon Brown’s fundraiser, Jon Mendelsohn, sits in the centre of the crisis over donations to the Labour party.

Gordon Brown’s government: liars, cheats and thieves

04 December 2007
Gordon Brown is facing a crisis over donations to government ministers and their various election campaigns – it is a crisis that goes to the very heart of the New Labour "project".

New Labour sleaze: A shabby history of 'friends in the north'

27 November 2007
The shady funding of the Labour Party by rich business bosses was thrown into the spotlight this week.

Surrey councillor Peter Longhurst hands in his Labour Party membership card

27 November 2007
Longstanding Surrey councillor and postal worker Peter Longhurst this week resigned from the Labour Party after more than two decades of membership.

Chasing funds from millionaires… New Labour is up for sale

27 November 2007
This is a government which touts for cash from big business – and a government which acts on behalf of big business.

The tangled history of Labour and the trade unions

02 October 2007
Why do trade union leaders echo widespread anger at the Labour government, yet also seem determined to support a Labour Party that is hell-bent on attacking working people?

Labour conference: we deserve better than Brown’s plans for Britain

25 September 2007
Gordon Brown got his four minute standing ovation at the Labour Party conference. But that won’t be enough to deal with the disgust and disquiet millions of people feel at what his government has done – at home and abroad.

Who says?

25 September 2007
"Tony Blair has now left office, he’s gone. The other architect of New Labour is taking the project forwards."Peter Mandelson, on Gordon Brown

Four issues Gordon Brown won’t solve

25 September 2007
Public sector pay "Gordon Brown praises public services but fails to mention his plans to make millions of public sector workers suffer pay cuts. He wants to impose a 2 percent pay limit on us all. That’s one reason why postal workers are striking next week, and why thousands of other workers want to join the fight."

New Labour ousts key anti-war MP, Bob Wareing

18 September 2007
Veteran anti-war Labour MP Bob Wareing has vowed to stand against New Labour after his constituency party deselected him from his Merseyside seat last week in favour of former minister Stephen Twigg.

Gordon Brown – a change of style, but not of policies

17 July 2007
Gordon Brown’s first few days in 10 Downing Street have been marked by his determination to tippex Tony Blair out of history and distinguish himself politically from his predecessor.

Council of bosses at the heart of power

03 July 2007
When Gordon Brown became prime minister he pledged to be an inclusive leader.

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