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Who's afraid of Lord Ashcroft?

Nick Palmer (Lab) Broxtowe - Maj 2,296
Martin Linton (Lab) Battersea - Maj 163


Or so it would seem from quite how strongly they are opposed - out of principle, clearly - to spending in constituencies between elections.

"Martin Linton (Battersea) (Lab): Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is vital to plug this local loophole before politics descends into a mercenary battle to see who can raise the most money? There is an urgent need for a Bill in the Queen’s Speech to extend the current limits on national campaign expenditure to local parties and candidates".


"Dr. Nick Palmer (Broxtowe) (Lab): Is it not clear that the official Opposition are so hooked on their regular injection of funds from the gentleman in the other place that they are not interested in consensus, and that to satisfy the public that democracy is not being bought, we will have to introduce legislation in the next Session?"

And Straw, (Lab) Blackburn, Maj 8,009 (oh well...) seems minded to run with the arguments of Messrs Palmer and Linton. Fancy. While excluding money from trade unions, natch.

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