nobody | 23.03.2005 14:20
The Labour Party has secretly rejected a donation of £500,000 from a lobbyist with a colourful list of overseas clients.
Party officials keen to rectify a £5 million shortfall in its general election fund initially decided to accept the gift from Anthony Bailey, whose clients include BAE Systems, the defence firm under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, and businesses owned by Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born industrialist with legal problems in France.
However, political parties have been banned since 2000 from accepting overseas donations and background checks on Mr Bailey revealed little in the way of a personal fortune.
A spokesman for Labour declined to comment.
source: Times, 14 March 2005