May 7th, 2014

AstraZeneca Board Member Donated Thousands to Miliband

An AstraZeneca board member has personally donated thousands of pounds to Ed Miliband’s office raising questions about the Labour leader’s partiality in the Pfizer take-over row. Miliband failed to declare this interest at PMQs earlier, despite Shriti Vadera donating £4,402 to cover “evening events” with the Labour leader. 

Intervening in such a high profile manner on the side of a pharma company, when you’ve taken donations directly from a board member, leaves very little wriggle room. 

It certainly doesn’t smell right.


  1. 1
    Zill Lanes says:

    Taxi for Miliband.

  2. 2
    Brittan of Leon says:

    I can’t smell a thing.

  3. 3
    Observer says:

    Neither side is clean, but both like to see UK industry owned by foreign firms.
    And the multinational ownership of shares is totally irrelevant to the argument.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Meds in cupboard beside the needle & thread says:

    OMG. Nowt has changed with Labour. Hypocrisy prevails!

    But AstraZeneca does not wish to be taken over by Pfizer. A stitch up in the making me thinks!

  6. 6
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Er, oops!

  7. 7
    David Minibanana says:

    Something fishy, Ed ?

  8. 8
    Mr S K Ull-cracker says:

    Captured! Goodbye to all my fans.

  9. 9
    UKIP says:

    British companies for British Companies. Bloody foreigners coming over here investing in our economy

  10. 10
    M­a­qboul says:

    Drugs money is dirty money.

  11. 11
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, Miliband has been flushed out!

    It seems his “national interest test” has a secretive “Labour donor” clause.

  12. 12
    Nigel Mirage says:

    Double ooops !

  13. 13
    M­a­qboul says:

    It really depends where the jobs are located and where taxes are paid. Foreign investment should be encouraged not discouraged.

  14. 14
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Well I never money being donated to politicians, is it also like money being donated to third party’s to get contracts from foreign governments, you wait until Pfizer get AstraZeneca, NHS costs will shoot up, you gotta get the company who you bought to pay for being bought, it will end up cheaper using generic medicines than paying an arm and three legs.

  15. 15
    catesby says:

    Forget about the leftie Unions there are businessmen out there so un-principled they give their cash to marxist Labour.

  16. 16
    M­a­qboul says:

    The fatcat executives don’t as they stand to lose their lucrative positions, but it is up to the shareholders and their decision depends upon the deal on offer. The last thing a shareholder wants is for the politician to be making that decision for him.

  17. 17
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    We will pith it up the wall.

  18. 18
    Dan Hodges Cat says:

    ‘AstraZeneca board member donated thousands to Miliband’
    To find a cure?

  19. 19
    Ockham's Razor says:

    It’s Shriti, not Shitty.

  20. 20
    Oh, really? says:

    Wiggle it, just a little bit…

    Whoa! Ed is cheep.

  21. 21
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Not too far away from EU voting, either you win or UKIP wins, it proves how normal UKIP are when they use EU nationals, but then the distribution of leaflets is now mostly done by cheap EU labour, we hear calls that we don’t have enough engineers, how about using the million unemployed kids we have and train them up to be engineers, now that’s a moan I would back, your moan about UKIP and leaflets is just political crap.

  22. 22
    Mornington Crescent says:

    The one and only “Shrieky Shriti” – a nasty piece of work if ever there was one:

  23. 23
    OINK OINK says:

    They have the chance to employ Brits but use migrant labour.

    UKIP are part of the problem, hiring foreigners so they can send their handpicked cronies first class to Brussels. Troughing scummers!

  24. 24
    Ockham's Razor says:

    When you are as intellectually superior as Ed Miliband is, these things assume no importance whatsoever.

  25. 25
    BBC, the Broadcasting wing of the Guardian says:

    Who cares he’s not a Tory?

  26. 26
    Bosun Higgs says:

    A change in the ownership of shares is not ‘investment in the UK’. It has no effect, itself, on our national stock of capital. The question is what Pfizer would do with AstraZeneca. US corporations come under strong pressure to create and maintain jobs ‘at home’, in a way that ours don’t. Would Pfizer asset-strip AstraZeneca or would they build up its UK research base?

  27. 27
    whinelist says:

    Château Cameron 2014


    A rich and concentrated dipstick affected by noble rot and delusional elements It has a concentrated almost manic character, the intense and grandeious ideas of a fruitcake, pear, melon, and almond, well rounded, chubby and balanced by a good pair of shoes on the finish.

    Alcohol Content: Total

    The Cameron family is passionate about this man and has a healthy interest in his success. They are Presidents of The Total Bollocks Association, lecturing the nation on the subject both at a national level and at also on the international stage on a daily basis.

    Will accompany a wide variety of fruitcakes, tarts and anything of a blue persuation especially if it is free.

  28. 28
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Ha ha ha. Add that to Alexrod’s dodgy dealing with them and that’s Labours credibility (if there ever was such a thing) holed beneath the water line.

    Bunch of hypocritical Hunts.

  29. 29
    NBeale says:

    Not a huge sum in context but would certainly have been better to declare an interest. On the other hand probably one of the larger donations from a FTSE 100 Board Member to Labour (Hen’s teeth spring to mind).

  30. 30
    Corruption Full Stop says:

    This is corruption….the only reason this businessman gives money to Milliband is that he may be god forbid PM and in effect CE O of the Nat Health Service the biggest government contractor whose main supplier for drugs is AstraZeneca.
    This without doubt is a resigning matter and doubly so when he did not declare his interest at PMQ’s.Not so very intelligent now thou son of Israel.

  31. 31
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:


  32. 32
    £££££££££££££ says:

    is that ed inhaling?

  33. 33
    nell says:

    shriti vadera – is that gordonbrown’s ‘shrieking shriti’ as she became known, whom he lauded as the finest economic brain in Europe?!! She was certainly renowned for a temper that matched his. Ho Hum!!!

  34. 34
    BBC News and Propaganda Unit says:

    We won’t be reporting this.

  35. 35
    Shriti Politti says:

    It’s just so cheap to buy political influence in the UK. Why doesn’t everybody do it?

  36. 36
    BBC News says:

    Correct, we shall ignore this because it doesn’t fit with our “Tories doing favours for their rich business friends” narrative.

  37. 37
    Gazza says:

    I was just coming to bring you some chicken.

  38. 38
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Mine had a bad case of ‘bottle stink’ – make a stink about anything and it would bottle it.

  39. 39
    On the subject of medicine says:

    Billions spent on research for a disease which you can simply avoid by not putting a dirty needle in your arm or a willy up your bum.
    Ok you can put a willy up your bum but wear a condom.
    If only other diseases were so easy to avoid.

  40. 40
    Observant says:

    Does an ursine mammal defecate in the woods?

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder why Camron made no reference to the board member’s donation to Militwit’s office during pmqs today?

  42. 42
    bergen says:

    He’s quite cheap really. Is it part of his prices campaign ?

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Or to put it correctly, I wonder why Camron made no reference during pmqs today to the board member’s donation to Militwit’s office?

  44. 44
    Bert the Cert says:

    Or, I wonder why Camron made no reference to the board member’s donation to Millitwit’s office during pmq’s today.

  45. 45
    Tom Catesby. says:

    All this sounds very ‘shriti’ as usual.

  46. 46
    oioi says:


  47. 47
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Another way of putting it is – was it a form of

    “Entrap” – they grab the dosh AND “Leverage” / “Influence” for the desired outcome. [Which to some is akin to “Balckmail”]

  48. 48
    broderick crawford says:

    Shiti Vadera donates £ 4,402 ….what a bizarre figure ( unless converted from rupees ) !

    What were the odd two quid for …….. MiiliScent buying a VERY Cheap bottle
    of ” woman smell”?

  49. 49
    Reverend Smackhead says:

    I don’t care where they come from, so long I can buy them.
    C, M or K tonight?

  50. 50
    broderick crawford says:

    Possibly both . But what they certainly WILL Do is follow the well trodden path of all US multinationals and make damn sure they do not repatriate one red cent of profit back to USA thus paying minimal tax on profits in UK (especially if the accounts are wrapped in an Amsterdam /Dublin fiscal sandwich ) and none at all in US …… thus enabling them to use these untaxed offshore profits accumulated over time to …. guess what ? … take over even more foreign competitors .

  51. 51
    broderick crawford says:

    coz eeeee probably dinnt know !!

    He not be as well informed as Masser Guido !

  52. 52
    PD77 says:

    Not the first, John Mills of JML is a big Liebour donor.

  53. 53
    ed working class hero milliband says:


  54. 54
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    The same woman who screwed Railtrack shareholders in 2001. Former adviser to that scunner Gordon Brown.

  55. 55
    Disgraceful says:


  56. 56
    Just saying says:

    Pictures nicely put together.

  57. 57
    ned ludd says:

    I’d rather not put a willy up my bum, Hague or otherwise. Will there be a choice under Labour?

  58. 58
    Dr Evil says:

    OMG I thought AZ employed only intelligent people! Any road up, it now looks like a bit of Labour sleaze coming back to haunt them. I expect the MSM will have this story as their scoop tomorrow in the Sun or Daily Maul. Let’s face it, the Gov can do nothing but whine from the sidelines. Pfizer will cherry pick AZ R&D and fire the rest. it will amalgamate its sales force and fir a lot of them. It will take the AZ drug pipeline over to the US and take the profits from the current AZ blockbusters. This always happens and Pfizer have done this 4 or 5 times in the past 20 years. They have form.

  59. 59
    Jack London says:

    yes, but always behind the tree

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