Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for donors row

Ed Jacobs reports on the latest news from Scotland, with the cash for access, dinners for donors row ensnaring first minister Alex Salmond and the SNP.

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As Left Foot Forward reported earlier, The Sunday Times, for the second weekend in a row, exposed (£) the activities of the former Conservative treasurer Peter Cruddas.

David-Cameron-Alex-SalmondUndercover footage seemingly showed him arguing David Cameron should be prepared to, in the words of the Daily Record:

“Fake his opposition to ­Scottish independence to get a better deal for England.”

To add to the Tories’ problems north of the border, Peter Hutchins, the Sunday Herald’s investigations editor, reported yesterday that a fundraising dinner for the Conservative Party’s “Keep Scotland in the Union Campaign”, due to be held in Edinburgh in June, is being organised by the Sussex-based “United and Cecil Club” (U&CC), a body that had to forfeit an illegal donation last year.

Targeting their fire on the Scottish Conservative Party’s treasurer James Stewart – who helped to finance Ruth Davidson’s successful campaign to become leader – the Herald quotes what it describes as a “senior Tory source” as saying of the development:

“The new treasurer has made the Scottish party a laughing stock. The SNP will ridicule us for this, and it will confirm to the other Unionist parties that we are simply a handicap that should neither be seen nor heard in the referendum campaign.

“Any treasurer worth his salt should be able to organise fundraising dinners in Scotland, by Scots, and for Scots.”

Whilst the SNP’s leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson, argued these were “damaging revelations for the Scottish Tories who have been left looking ridiculous and isolated by their London bosses”, Alex Salmond has himself faced a fresh wave of questions over allegations about the way SNP donations have been sought and handled.

Just days after the Telegraph reported on the £1 million donated to the SNP by lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir shortly after being entertained at the first minister’s official residence of Bute House, the Sunday Mail in Scotland yesterday reported on the wealthy SNP donors who had been entertained at Bute House, including Ian Watson, ex-chairman of the Galahad Gold mining firm – who has donated £140,000 to the SNP – and former Unilever boss David McCarthy, who donated £5,045.


See also:

Without statutory regulation of lobbying, there will be more cash for access scandals 2 Apr 2012

Cash for Salmond: SNP dragged into donor row 31 Mar 2012

Cash for policies anyone? Beecroft, Wonga, millionaire Tory donors and slasher Osborne 30 Mar 2012

‘Cash for Cameron’: Minister quizzed on whether health bill was bought 26 Mar 2012

Why we need for a compulsory register of lobbyists 14 Mar 2010


Linking the news with David Cameron’s own donation-gate troubles, Scottish Labour’s Parliamentary business manger observed:

“It appears that Alex Salmond has abused his office in exactly the same way as David Cameron abused his.

“The first minister has used public facilities paid for by the taxpayer to entertain donors to the SNP. From chumming up to Rupert Murdoch to abusing his office to entertain donors, Alex Salmond seems to be embracing every aspect of political sleaze which tarnishes Westminster’s reputation.”

In refuting any accusation of wrong doing, a spokesman for Alex Salmond stated:

“No private dining for donors takes place at Bute House.”


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23 Responses to “Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for donors row”

  1. John Ruddy

    Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for donors row, reports @EdJacobs1985: #SNP #sleaze

  2. Ed Jacobs

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  3. Niall Walsh

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  7. BevR

    Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for donors row, reports @EdJacobs1985: #SNP #sleaze

  8. Anonymous

    Not as extreme as Labour.

    We’ve had funders writing questions for MPs to ask.

    Unions are the biggest cash for access scam going.

  9. Jimmy Parker

    Cameron trying “to get a better deal for England”? Who writes this stuff? Cameron hates England viscerally.

    He can’t even bring himself to use the words ‘England’ or ‘English’. He uses every euphemism, conflation or obfuscation going, just to avoid the ‘E’ words. Sadly, just about all politicians and media outlets, including this one, are equally Anglophobic, in other words, racist.

  10. Anonymous

    Wah, wah, normal people CHOSE to donate to a political party.

    Can’t be allowed!

  11. Anonymous

    Oh really, because someone isn’t a xenophobic little englander…they’re racist.

    Well, this Jew has no sense of connection with “England” (and why would I?), but with Britain. I’m *British*. You’re the racist around here, equating anyone not following your narrow minded creed as impure.

  12. Anonymous

    Normal people can donate. The problem is with organisations forcing them to donate.

    That’s companies, unions and the government themselves.

  13. Anonymous

    They are, of course and in reality, not forced to donate by Unions. It is entirely up to the individual. Your problem, as usual, is that it’s money NOT being funnelled into your bank account.

    I’m sure you also oppose disclosure of donations to parties.

  14. cameronsfollys

    #Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for #donors row #CashForAccess #CashForAssistance

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  16. Daniel Pitt

    Alex Salmond dragged deeper into dinners for donors row #SNP #corruption #sleaze #CashForAccess #lobbying

  17. Anonymous

    Perhaps you can get me up to date here as I’ve been out of the country for years and have only recently returned.

    I used to be a member of a union and if I had wanted to stop my contribution to Labour, I would have had to opt out of the “political contribution.” Is there still an opt out clause or do you have to opt in?

  18. Anonymous

    More lies! Are Labour completely unable to tell the truth?

    What makes it even worse are the complete idiots who masquerade as Labour MSPs! Paul Martin, the person who referred Salmond to the committee, had to wait for the FM to refer HIMSELF as Martin couldn’t even handle that correctly!

    Anybody following Scottish politics would see what a pigs ear Labour have made of it! This is the umpteenth referral made by Labour and every one has been thrown out! Ya-boo sucks politics of the worst order!

    To think I actually voted Labour for 20 years! I must have been mad!

  19. Anonymous

    When you sign up, you determine where the money goes. You can opt for a political party, charity or out entirely.

  20. Anonymous

    I see. So you still don’t have to opt in?

  21. Anonymous

    …You’ve already chosen to join a union. It’s one of the several standard decisions you make when you join.

    So sorry that parties other than the Tories have friends. (Fair warning, if you don’t see the sarcasm in one of my posts, that’s because you’re not reading deeply enough. (heh))

  22. Anonymous

    No problemo! Being Scottish, I wouldn’t contribute to a London party anyway!

  23. Anonymous

    Great, well, then stop complaining. Your choice.

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