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Monday, July 16, 2007

End of the era of Labour Spin? Not in Ealing Southall!

Can the Ealing Southall by-election get any dirtier? Most of the mud seems to have been flung by the Labour campaign, managed by Tom Watson and this weekend was no exception. This time, Labour are claiming that the Conservative candidate, Tony Lit, was a Labour donor until a month ago. The claim is based on him having been on the Sunrise Radio table at a fundraising dinner for the Asian Business community, where tables were priced at £4,800 each.

However, does attending a dinner, which is clearly a good networking event, really constitute being a Labour donor? I certainly know of local businessmen in Folkestone, including a former boss of mine, who attended Conservative business dinners which contributed to Conservative fundraising who would never in a month of Sundays vote Conservative. Indeed, one was even a member of an anarchist goth-punk band with a strong left wing bias.

It seems to me that the revelations about Tony Lit's attendence tells us a lot more about Labour than anyone else. Supporters and donors certainly can't trust them with their anonymity but should we trust Labour with anything else? It would seem not.

1 comment:

David Boothroyd said...

"However, does attending a dinner, which is clearly a good networking event, really constitute being a Labour donor?"

Because the dinner was a Labour Party event and you had to write out a cheque to the Labour Party for a table at it?