Cronyism in politics

Cronyism in politics

Health minister received £3,000 in proxy donation

ANOTHER cabinet minister was at the centre of new questions over donations last night.

Browne expects no more resignations in donations row

CABINET minister Des Browne has predicted that no more high-profile Labour politicians will be forced to resign in the donations row.

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Police issue inquiry warning to Blair

THE police chief investigating allegations that Labour rewarded financial backers with honours and peerages last night sent a stark warning to Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, revealing that he has gathered significant and valuable material during his inquiry.

Tories slam Labour's 'quangocrat cronies'

THREE prominent Scots have been named on a list of Labour Party "quangocrats".

Cash for peerages inquiry widens

THE 'cash-for-peerages' police inquiry has been dramatically expanded to include the entire system of awarding honours to party loyalists, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.

Peer quits but rejects claim he was forced out in donor row

LABOUR'S biggest donor who was interviewed by police over the cash for peerages inquiry has quit the government.

Trinkets contract is a gift for quango critics

SCOTLAND'S under-fire enterprise quango is at the centre of a new row over its spending.

Drink culture in politics 'holding back minorities'

SCOTLAND'S drinking culture is holding back ethnic minorities from getting on in politics, the nation's racial equality watchdog has claimed.

Ministers quizzed by police in cash-for-honours probe

SENIOR government ministers Lord Sainsbury and Ian McCartney have been questioned by police investigating the cash-for-honours allegations, it emerged today.

No.10 fights to stop police from questioning Blair

DOWNING Street was today fighting to stop Tony Blair being quizzed by police over the "cash for peerages" affair after the arrest of his personal fundraiser Lord Levy.

SNP will pledge to cull quangos and slash bureaucracy in next manifesto

"The party is concerned that the quango state created by the Tories to deliver their political will in Scotland in the absence of political support has been perpetuated after the establishment of the Scottish Parliament." - JOHN SWINNEY, SNP

Scotland needs to put power in hands of people

AS ONE of the five directly elected members of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Board, Russell Bruce has sufficiently enjoyed his first four-year term representing the Cowal area to be willing to run again in the postal ballot in June.

Straw in vow to shake up party funding

JACK STRAW today vowed to change the way funding was given to political parties.

Labour exploited loopholes to get loans, says treasurer

LABOUR'S treasurer believes people close to the Prime Minister sought to exploit loopholes in the law by raising cash for the party through loans rather than donations.

Cash-for-peers probe 'will go back 5 years'

THE police investigation into cash-for-honours claims was reported today to have been widened to include loans made as far back as 2001.

First Minister urged to halt honours tips

JACK McCONNELL was today urged to stop putting forward nominations for honours until the "cash for peerages" row is sorted.

Blair devalues kind hearts and coronets

IN politics, attack is recognised as the best form of defence, even among the more admirable of political animals. The less fastidious of the species will also lay down their friends for their lives. Being a belt and braces kind of guy, Tony Blair opts for the safety offered by both maxims to guide him through the moral morass of the moment.

Adviser in 'cash for peerages' row denies saying honours were for sale

THE former government adviser questioned by police on the "cash for peerages" controversy yesterday denied that he had suggested honours could be bought by backing city academies - a pet project of Tony Blair, the Prime Minister.

Cash for peerages acceptable says Blair

Key quote "Membership of the Lords is for people who are competent to make laws, not rewarding party sponsors and donors. The present system has been severely discredited." - Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrats' party president

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