The sentencing of former Polly Peck boss and Conservative Party donor Asil Nadir for theft raises important issues about the relationship of big money to politics, say reformers.
The deputy director of Unlock Democracy, Alexandra Runswick, commented: “Regardless of whether the £440,000 Polly Peck donation was accepted by the Conservative Party ‘in good faith’, it certainly appears that John Major’s test that the money should be repaid if it was ‘dishonestly obtained and dishonestly donated’ has not been met."
She continued: “Instead of playing party politics with this issue however, party leaders need to get back around the negotiating table and agree a way forward on introducing a cap on party donations."
“The Polly Peck incident was not the first funding scandal and, as the past 22 years have shown, it certainly wasn’t the last. It is time for parties to take this head on before the next big scandal breaks,” concluded Ms Runswick.
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