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Blair government under fire in secret loans affair

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Blair government under fire in secret loans affair


The pressure is mounting on Tony Blair. An opinion poll has suggested that half of Britons want their prime minister to step down in the next 12 months. More than 50 percent of those questioned said that his record on Iraq was the determining factor in their point of view.His leadership has also been hit by allegations of corruption.

In response his senior constitutional official, Lord Falconer, is proposing a change in the law. He said:“There are considerable anxieties about the funding of political parties. This is something that affects the Labour party as much as it affects other parties. It is inevitable that there are going to be anxieties about this.” Lord Falconer wants a bill currently going through parliament to be amended to force parties to declare loans. Sadiq Khan, a member of parliament, for the governing Labour party, had this to say on the issue: “The problem is that by diversifying the way we’re funding, it leads to shortages of money which is needed for campaigning, and that shortage needs to be filled in other ways. The public aren’t pleased when they see a party in government receiving donations of up to 14 million pounds.” Controversy was sparked by revelations that several businessmen were recommended for peerages in the House of Lords after secretly lending money to Labour. The party has now published the names of those who gave loans, apparently in an attempt to regain public confidence.
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