The British government faces a police investigation over alleged illegal donations. Payments totalling over 900,000 euros, which were made through a third party, have already been described as illegal by prime minister Gordon Brown. Britain’s electoral commission requires the sources of all party donations to be made known. But millionaire property developer David Abrahams made his payments through intermediaries in order, he claims, to avoid publicity.
One beneficiary was deputy Labour Party leader Harriet Harman. She says she thought the money had come directly from Janet Kidd, Abraham’s secretary. But the real source was Abrahams himself. Harman denies wrongdoing but the row is a blow to an under-fire government that is trailing badly in opinion polls.