From Liberal Review: Lib Dems return donation to donor

While we wait to find out if the Labour Party will return money to putative peers, and David Cameron will return the money obtained from misuse of his office, the Lib Dems have decided to return a donation that broke the rules.

According to the Guardian:

The Liberal Democrats have agreed to repay a £40,000 donation, the Electoral Commission confirmed today.
The party conceded that the money, donated by Christopher Nicholson on December 31 last year, was impermissible because the donor was not on the electoral register at the time the donation was made.

I doff my cap to Liberal Review for being a more attentive Guardian reader than me!

Interestingly, having a donor who wasn’t on the electoral register is also what UKIP were accused of recently – that donation was for £367,697.  Cough up, Farage.

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11 Comments

  • Andrew Duffield 30th Mar '07 - 3:43pm

    Hopefully he’s on the register now and can donate it straight back again.

  • It's a two-horse race 30th Mar '07 - 6:01pm

    Will you now be returning the Brown money?

  • That would be the Chris Nicholson who is Lib Dem PPC for Streatham! I assume he was in the process of moving house.

    What a ridiculous ruling.

  • Now there is just the problem of £2.5 million….

  • Streathamite 8th Apr '07 - 9:02am

    So, the The Guardian diary had another new angle on this. I suppose all publicity is good publicity.

    Now here’s a thing. Last Friday, as was reported in this very organ, the Lib Dems returned to a Mr Christopher Nicholson a £40,000 donation because his name had been inadvertently omitted from the electoral register (as was not, happily, the case with his many and generous previous donations to the party). What was not reported is that just before he signed the cheque, Mr Nicholson, a partner at accountancy giant KPMG specialising in public-private partnerships (which we thought were rather against Lib Dem policy, but that’s by the by), was selected to be the party’s parliamentary candidate to challenge Keith Hill MP in Streatham. Happily, after all this loans for lordships business, cheques for candidatures are clearly out of the question.

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