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McConnell constituency finance problems

McConnell constituency finance problems

Labour activist admits stealing party money

THE FORMER treasurer in Jack McConnell’s constituency Labour Party office yesterday admitted stealing thousands of pounds from party funds.

Fiscal given file on Labour constituency

A FILE has been submitted to the procurator-fiscal following a lengthy police investigation into alleged irregularities in Labour Party funds in the First Minister’s Wishaw constituency.

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Press costs rise

JACK McConnell’s pledge to develop an efficient civil service was dealt a blow last night as it emerged that the cost of running the Scottish Executive’s press team has doubled in four years. The bill is expected to top £3.6 million this year.

No action over Labour cash donations row

NO further action is to be taken against the Scottish Labour Party over its failure to register donations in First Minister Jack McConnell’s constituency.

McConnell hit as watchdog raps local party over donations

JACK McConnell, the First Minister, suffered a damaging political setback yesterday after an electoral watchdog found his constituency Labour Party had breached the rules on donations to political parties.

Wishawgate exposes Labour's ugly side

WISHAWGATE seemed a ludicrous name for it. Jack McConnell’s constituency party messed up their accounts; they apologised and no money disappeared. Where, it may be asked, is the scandal?

McConnell cash crisis 'damaging election chances'

LABOUR’S general secretary has warned the financial turmoil in Jack McConnell’s constituency party will damage their prospects in the Scottish Parliamentary elections.

McConnell reveals more finance detail

FIRST Minister Jack McConnell has revealed more details of his constituency finances in the wake of the "Wishawgate" controversy.

McConnell aide took overdose during accounting scandal

ONE of the Labour Party workers at the centre of the Motherwell and Wishaw accounts scandal took an overdose at the height of the crisis, it emerged yesterday.

First Minister's former secretary 'took drugs overdose'

THE former secretary of Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell suffered a drugs overdose, it was reported last night.

Cash crisis derails McConnell

JACK McConnell’s attempts to mark his first year in power by promoting his future priorities were yesterday scuppered by fresh controversy over his role in the financial scandal that has engulfed his local constituency Labour Party.

No celebration as McConnell fights cash row

Jack McConnell was looking forward to yesterday with confidence, and was preparing to deliver an upbeat assessment on his first year in power. Then he read the Sun.

McConnell may face police questioning over accounting scandal

JACK McConnell could be questioned by police investigating the accounting scandal in his local constituency Labour Party, it emerged last night.

Big bother for Jack

IT WAS the bitterest of ironies. A year almost to the minute since Henry McLeish had descended the steps outside the Scottish parliament after resigning over irregularities in his constituency accounts, a police fraud squad officer was climbing the steps into Labour’s Glasgow headquarters.

Police in McConnell funds inquiry

LABOUR Party leaders in London called in the police last night to investigate the constituency accounts of Jack McConnell, marking a new and serious development in the accounting scandal which has plagued the Scottish party for the last month.

Pressure grows on McConnell to reveal role in accounting scandal

JACK McConnell, the First Minister, last night came under renewed pressure to explain his role in the Labour accounting scandal after facing renewed claims that he had misled parliament.

McConnell accounts row 'a little local difficulty' says Steel

THE row over First Minister Jack McConnell’s constituency party accounts has been described as "a little local difficulty" by the Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer Sir David Steel.

McConnell's opponents baying for blood

JACK McConnell, the First Minister, is preparing to face the most difficult week of his premiership with opposition parties determined to focus attention back on to the accounting scandal in his local Labour group.

Auditors scrutinise Labour accounts

OUTSIDE investigators joined Labour’s inquiry into the books of Jack McConnell’s constituency party in Motherwell and Wishaw yesterday.

McConnell hit by fresh donation row

JACK McConnell found himself back at the centre of the escalating Labour Party accounts scandal yesterday when evidence emerged which appeared to link the First Minister to key union donations which have not been registered with the parliamentary authorities.

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