David Cameron asked Mr Clegg in the debate whether the Lib Dems had paid back their £2.4 million donation from Michael Brown or not. There was no answer from Mr Clegg.
I have been asked to explain the background to this by some voters. To pay for their relatively successful last General Election campaign the Lib Dems accepted £2.4million from 5th Avenue Partners, a company they believed to be trading in the UK. It subsequently emerged that 5th Avenue Partners was part of a complex operation run by Michael Brown, the donor and now a convicted criminal, and was not a UK investment company in the way they thought.
If Mr Clegg wishes to pose as the white knight out to clean up British politics he should start by repaying this dubious money the Lib Dems took. The people who lost out through Michael Brown’s activities would like their money back.
I happen to think UK politicis would be better if we had stricter controls on the amount of money any party can spend on its national campaign. There are problems with Labour raising so much from a handful of Trade Unions, and the Conservatives raising so much from rich individiuals. Neither main party has such an embarrassing donation to account for as the Lib Dems. People in glass houses should be careful before trying to throw stones.
Promoted by Christine Hill on behalf of John Redwood, both of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU