We\’ve got your political corruption right here:
GORDON BROWN was this weekend plunged into a “cash for seats” row, with the revelation that Labour agreed to give a union baron a safe seat — as the party received a £1m donation.
A senior party figure has revealed that Jack Dromey, the husband of Harriet Harman, was to be installed as candidate for a seat Labour has held for 55 of the past 60 years, in an agreement with his trade union. At the same time as the deal was struck, the union gave £1m to party funds.
Peter Watt, former general secretary of the Labour party, said: “My colleagues and I felt we had an obligation to deliver the seat.”
Mr. Dromey gives £1 million, collected in fivers and tenners from his union\’s members paycheques, to Labour. In return Mr. Dromey gets a job worth, to Mr. Dromey that is, not those union members, £65 odd k a year plus another £50, 60k a year in expenses and housing.
Isn\’t that socialising the cost and privatising the profits?
At least Michael Ashcroft spent his own money on a seat in the legislature.