Charity Commission Warns Ken Backing “Charities”

The Charity Commission has rapped a dozen Muslim charities for supporting Ken Livingstone’s bid to be re-elected as Mayor of London. They wrote a letter which was posted on the Guardian’s CiF a few weeks back (3 January).

It read: “We the undersigned believe that it is in the best interest of the Muslim communities of London, and indeed all Londoners, to back Mr Livingstone in this year’s mayoral elections.” The Commission received several complaints that the letter breached charity law, which forbids charities from supporting political candidates or parties.

The Commission says: “We have written to the charities involved to advise them on the type of political activity a charity can be involved in.”

Frankly Guido is surprised that Muslims are so keen to back someone so keen on alcohol*…

*Watch Dispatches tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 to find out more about Ken’s drinking habits.



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