Feeds

Generalissimo Blairo 'fesses up on loans

Two IT chiefs among loans-for-lordships scandal

Application security programs and practises

The executive chairman of Capita and a boss of London Bridge software are among those named today for lending the Labour Party some £14m.

Because the money was lent, rather than donated, it was free of the usual rules governing donations. The banana republic behaviour was kept secret from the party treasurer Jack Dromey - he launched a furious attack on Blair and "Number Ten" last week.

Rod Aldridge's donation, although private, has been singled out because Capita runs dozens of big public sector IT projects. It provides the technology to collect the London congestion charge, runs IT services for 21 local authorities, and has re-tendered for a £120m contract with the DTI. Aldridge, who is an OBE, has said the loan was personal and he expected to receive commercial rates of interest when it was repaid.

Gordon Crawford, chairman of London Bridge Software, is the other IT figure named - he lent the party £500,000.

Science minister Lord Sainsbury has also been named - he lent the party £2m. Tory Treasurer Jonathan Marland, interviewed on Newsnight, refused to name the people his party borrowed money from. The Tories are believed to have borrowed as much as £20m.

General Blairo came to power on an anti-corruption ticket in 1997. Since then, with the help of Tessa Jowell and others, he has reclaimed sleaze, which was the birthright of dishonest Tories.

Funding of political parties will now be investigated by Sir Hayden Philips, which could lead to some state funding. The party's National Executive is also meeting to discuss the matter.

More from the BBC here and the FT here. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.