Po­lice plan­ning ‘no ac­tion’ against one Labour donor

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

PO­LICE IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING do­na­tions to the Labour Party con­firmed to the JC this week that they have ruled out tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion on al­le­ga­tions against one un­named donor.

In Novem­ber last year, po­lice were called to look into funds re­ceived by the party.

The po­lice have con­firmed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing. They would not re­veal the name of the in­di­vid­ual against whom no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken. Nor would they re­veal how many peo­ple had been spo­ken to, al­though they re­ported that no one had so far been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­quiry.

One of those who do­nated to the party was prop­erty de­vel­oper David Abra­hams, who gave £670,000 us­ing four in­ter­me­di­aries, in­clud­ing busi­ness as­so­ciates and col­leagues such as his sec­re­tary and builder.

Around £5,000 of this was do­nated to Harriet Har­man’s deputy Labour lead­er­ship cam­paign.

Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown said last year that the do­na­tions were “not law­fully de­clared” and were “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.”

He pledged to re­pay the money and or­dered an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the do­na­tion.

The Labour in­quiry is be­ing headed by Lord Whitty.

A spokesman for the Labour Party con­firmed that this in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­tin­u­ing.

“There is no timescale but it is on­go­ing,” he added.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman this week said: “On Novem­ber 30 2007, the MPS [Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice] re­ceived a re­fer­ral from the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion re­lat­ing to a num­ber of do­na­tions re­ceived by the Labour Party.

“The re­fer­ral iden­ti­fied a num­ber of po­ten­tial breaches of the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties, Elec­tions and Ref­er­en­dums Act 2000.

“One such mat­ter re­lated to a sin­gle do­na­tion re­ceived by the deputy lead­er­ship cam­paign from an in­di­vid­ual.

“The MPS has in­ves­ti­gated this mat­ter and, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the CPS, de­cided that no fur­ther ac­tion will be taken in re­la­tion to the al­le­ga­tion against that in­di­vid­ual.”

A spokesman for David Abra­hams said he would not be com­ment­ing on the mat­ter.

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