This morning the "Today" programme asked what was new in the Labour funding story! Mr Humphrys ruminated on when they could call a halt to running items on it, implying his impatience with such a turn of events. What is remarkable about this story is how quickly it is changing and how it is snowballing. If Labour do not make a more definitive statement soon about who knew what when, the press will continue to pick away at the Labour version to show just how much was left out.
John Humphrys should try reading the newspapers – as he usually does. That would tell him what is new and what remains to be found out in the story:
1. Mr Brown’s personal fundraiser did know about the Abrahams donations – we were originally told only the Labour General Secretary knew. What was Mr Mendelsohn going to say to Mr Abrahams when they met? Why didn’t he tell the Prime Minister? How long did he sit on the knowledge? If he accepted the advice that Labour thought this was legal why did he want to change it?
2. The Daily Telegraph has posed questions on where Mr Abrahams got all the money from.
3.We need to know who Margaret Jay told about the nature of these donations, and whether Hilary Benn passed on his intelligence about it.
4. Did the Gordon Brown campaign turn down money from Mr Abrahams and if so why?
5. Which events did Mr Abrahams attend and why was he invited?
6. Who made the decisions and who put in submissions for any planning perimssion Mr Abrahams obtained?