October 30th, 2012

Exclusive: Electoral Commission Investigating Luciana Berger
Labour MP Faces Dormant Donation Questions

The Electoral Commission have confirmed to Guido that they have asked the Labour Party for an explanation as to why Luciana Berger accepted an apparently illegal donation from a dormant company. Guido previously revealed how Berger’s CLP received a £5,000 donation from Purple Apple Facilities Management in April 2011, despite the company being declared dormant the previous year. Last night the Electoral Commission confirmed it had received a letter from Tory MP Karen Lumley enquiring as to whether Berger had broken the law on political donations:

When Guido first put the charge to Luciana she refused to respond. Now she doesn’t have a choice…


92 Comments

  1. 1
    Nothing better to do says:

    You mean a Labour politician is crooked? Blimey I need to have a cuppa to get over the shock.

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  2. 2
    genghiz the kahn says:

    New Labour, Old Values. Must be taking a leaf out of Hatton’s playbook.

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    • 7
      Lou Stools says:

      Just on Today (R4) prog. Our Energy Scretary has never asked about how much will be charged for nuclear produced electricity.

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      • 15
        genghiz the kahn says:

        Must be like not asking Ed Miliband how much his Copenhagen Treaty adds to fuel bills.

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        • 51
          Ed Milibandwagon says:

          Look my Climate Change Act will only add a modest £780 billion to peoples fuel bills over the next forty years.
          Why that’s only £20 billion a year, peanuts!

          You should be asking yourself, what will this tiny amount of taxpayer money achieve? Well, I’ll tell you, it will save us all from catastrophic climate change caused by the killer planet eating gas, CO2, in possibly* 100 years time, that’s what.

          *Other weasel words include the following: may, might, could, predict, up to, as much as, computer model, should, nearly, chance, hide the decline.

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      • 30
        UKIP.i.am says:

        Worse than that was that he said the rise in energy bills was caused by the rise in gas prices – completely forgetting all those over-generous subsidies for wind companies.

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  3. 2
    Ding dong bl*ody hell says:

    It’s within the rules, now go away and let me be with my beloved peoples of Wavertree, now where the hell is that dump.

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  4. 4
    gramma says:

    However distasteful, if illegal I expect little more than a slap on the wrist. Poor memory or administrative failings appears the usual excuse for all politicians.

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  5. 5
    MC Chukky says:

    Dat mi bitch yo be jiving wiv yo I shank u bitch.

    I like Garage. It be me main man McShanes.

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  6. 6
    Sister Tediana says:

    It was just resting in my account.

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  7. 8
    Kebab Time says:

    keep an eye out for Whitewash.

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  8. 9
    les says:

    dodgy nose!

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  9. 10
    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

    Leave her alone. She’s one of ours.

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    • 17

      Who is Bill Shankley?

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      • 33
        Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

        Don’t know, I’m an Everton supporter.

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      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        It beggars belief that she thought so little of her potential constituency that she couldnt be bothered to learn something of the history of the place. When you think of genuine (if not misguided !) people who would have jumped at the chance to be selected for wavertree.

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        • 74

          I have to confess that what I know about football, you could write on the back of a postage stamp. But my closest friend in those parts in the 1970s/1980s was Jeff Tinnion, founder of Liverpool against Militant, who stood up to Derek Hatton. In many ways he was a Guido of the day and boy could he drink!

          He was then the MD of Martindale and Carlisle in Allerton Road and a great friend of Shankley and so I heard much about the great man from a close perspective without ever meeting him.

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        • 92
          Anonymous says:

          I hate sycophancy but when I see something unfair written about someone who I know to be decent and who has helped my family, I have to speak up. Last year, we moved back to the Wavertree constituency after living out of the area for 15 years. I wouldn’t trust most politicians as far as I could throw them but I found this woman to be like a breath of fresh air. She goes out of her way for her constituents and works very hard on their behalf. I’d rather have someone like her representing us than some smarmy bullsh*tter who swots up on the locals in order to ingratiate him/herself with them.

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  10. 11
    Dr Who says:

    Questions to answer. Donations to explain. It makes me cross.

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  11. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Does it really matter any way?

    All politicians are only there for the power, wealth influence and the money.

    All MP’s are there authorised by the political parties. There isn’t an ordinary “joe public” person there. They won’t let them in, they might rock their cushy boat.

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  12. 16
    FREDDIE STARR ATE MY SISTER says:

    If you break the law , you go to prison
    If they break the law , they give a half hearted scripted apology !

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  13. 21
    nellnewman says:

    Yesterday it was yvettecooper accepting £thousands from that odious woman follett now today it’s this one accepting dodgy donations.

    What is it with these mp’s that they have to keep obtaining questionable money from evenmore questionable sources or stealing from the taxpayer ?

    Why can’t they just do a decent days job and earn their salary honestly and cleanly and live responsibly within their means like the rest of us?!

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    • 66
      Anonymous says:

      There they all sit on the labour front bench, smugly biding their time until they think the stupid electorate will elect them again ! they have not once aplogised for the appalling state they left the countries finances in, or the many other dreadful decisions of their 13 years in power.

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  14. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron, supporting the EU again today.

    Increasing our taxes and cutting our pensions and benefits so he can pay more into the corrupt European machine.

    You’ll never win in 2015.

    Cameron would rather Milliband win in 2015 than rock the Euro boat, after all he might end up President one day, just like Blair wanted to.

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    • 42
      nellnewman says:

      bliar still wants to be eu president. Lotta easy money there and where there’s money there’s bliar!

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      • 77
        Anonymous says:

        bliar protected.
        who protects? How does Bliar benefit those from whom he has his priviliges. Material priviliges in an extreme way
        exist
        at the top of our On Benefits world. Money used to be power. now all power resides in us.
        in our eyes wide open integrity, even the snr official at the BoE has said this. if power lies with Truth, then the closer we are to it… what stands between us and the new world of power.

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    • 43
      Peter Grimes says:

      ZaNuLieBor troll alert – again!

      However right you may be about Boy Dave!

      What would Millionaireband do?

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  15. 23

    It has all gone pear shaped for Francois Hollande. Even the Graun notes that whilst the trade deficit balloons:

    News that unemployment, having broken the 3 million barrier in August, had leaped by 46,900 in September, the highest monthly increase since 2009, plus more factory closures and layoffs, made the general gloom even murkier.

    Carine Marcé of pollster TNS-Sofres, whose recent survey discovered that 70% of French people thought things could only get worse, said the daily bad news had created a vicious cycle…

    If this continues, people will be beating a path to Marine Le Pen.

    http://bit.ly/SiYlms

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    • 25
      Ding dong bl*ody hell says:

      Quick put the full up sign in the window.

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    • 31
      Mornington Crescent says:

      Like most French Presidents, Hollande is preoccupied with his groin: he can’t decide between that ghastly Trierweiler and the loopy Royal – mother of his children.

      Meanwhile, the technocratic Ayrault can’t decide if the 35-hour week should continue and al promises of “growth, not austerity” have been conveniently forgotten.

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    • 34
      FREDDIE STARR ATE MY SISTER says:

      I knew she was involved somewhere !
      “closures and layoffs, made the general gloom even Murkier.”

      “It has all gone pear shaped”
      Should that not read It has all gone “Pierre shaped ?

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    • 35
      UKIP.i.am says:

      Hollande’s suicidal experiment (yes yet another one) to prove that socialism does not work (i.e. punishing the job creators) is already yielding results. Hardly surprising though. When will these thickos learn?

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      • 41

        I think they were taught:

        If something doesn’t work, keep repeating it until it does…/i>

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        • 86
          Great time to be Jimmy says:

          things can only bed wetter

          things can only bed wetter

          things can only bed wetter

          oi jeremy darling…………..can you stick this public address system up fatty

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      • 53
        JH says:

        Usually when the death count attributable to said Socialism reaches circa 50 million.

        However, that’s just the point at which they start to run out of victims. They won’t have learnt a damn thing.

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    • 47
      Peter Grimes says:

      Inshallah!!!

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    • 52
      marvin TPA says:

      things can only get worse

      i blame optimism

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  16. 26
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Will ‘LU51 ANA’ be accusing Karen Lumley and the Electoral Commission of “defamatory” allegations, as she did Guido last week?

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  17. 39

    Interstate 68 closed due to two feet of snow in as many hours.

    This global warming is a real problem with the temperatures plummeting so…

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    • 48
      nellnewman says:

      I don’t think that agw rubbish is going to have much influence in America – they tend to see through those sort of lies.

      Besides there have been at least 2 bigger storms than this one – Galveston in 1900 and New York in 1938 – the agw crowd would be hard put to put them down to their global warming scam.

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      • 55
        marvin TPA says:

        rubbish – don’t talk to me about rubbish

        the bin men call on us before we’ve even finished the previous delivery

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    • 56
      Mr Braindead BBC tv centre Manchester says:

      Global warming is awful, I really believe it’s right for the goverment to take even more taxes from us to stop this global warming getting even worse.

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  18. 40
    Anonymous says:

    down with all femnazis

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  19. 50
    Steve Miliband says:

    Eye Spy MP @eyespymp

    Naughtie slagging of David Cameron, Balls agreeing. The table opposite loudly accuse Balls of “Economic Jihad”.

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  20. 54
    Luciana says:

    Someone must pay for my Ferrari…

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  21. 58
    Gordon McMental says:

    Be assured I can turn the tide in NY and will switching on the power in lower manhattan this week along with the Christmas lights

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  22. 59
    Chaimie the schnozzer says:

    Look so the girl took a few dodgy quid *shrugs with open palms*
    At least they werent your quids

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  23. 69
    stun says:

    It’s not just dormant, it was dissolved in May. However, Purple Apple Management is active and its sole shareholder is Michael Ryder who was also an officer at Purple Apple Facilities Management. Could just be a case of naming the wrong company….should have been more careful, mind.

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  24. 76
    Mathers says:

    It’s just an oversight, nothing will happen, nothing ever sticks. You can even start illegal wars and get away with it.

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  25. 78
    Tom Catesby says:

    If the Electoral Commission think a crime has been committed, they should contact the, Police who would seem to be the appropriate people to be putting the questions to Berger.

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  26. 82
    A fine pair of lungs says:

    A hooked and crooked nosed troughing c*nt.

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  27. 87
    keredybretsa says:

    Ms Lumley, does write a naice letter! We await a naicer answer!

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  28. 89
    Feeling down says:

    I see the future , labour get in at the ballot box in 2015 , the country falls apart , Tories get in in 2020 and have to do all the horrible stuff to get us back on path , and so on ad so on. Labour are the party of have what you want as long as you vote for us.

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