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constituency party constituency n returned £7,400 in illegal gifts shortly before the Labour donations scandal broke, it emerged yesterday.
The gifts to Witney Conservative Association - a holiday for auction, worth £1,500 from Geoffrey Dobbs, a Sri Lankan hotelier, and the successful bid, £5,900 from Roger Fletcher, based in Guernsey - were inadmissible That which, according to established legal principles, cannot be received into evidence at a trial for consideration by the jury or judge in reaching a determination of the action. because neither man was on the electoral register electoral register
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They were given on August 21 and returned on November 16, nine days before the Mail on Sunday's "donorgate" story was published.
The Conservatives rejected Labour implications that returning the gifts was a clearing exercise ahead of the newspaper's disclosures about donations from David Abrahams David Abrahams might refer to
"I can categorically state that we knew nothing about the Abrahams story until it appeared in the Mail on Sunday," the spokesman said. "As soon as we became aware that these two donations were not permissible we declared and voluntarily forfeited them to the Electoral Commission Electoral Commission
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Cameron acknowledged at a press conference eight days later that Labour was not the only party to have problems. "All parties do make mistakes. There are innocent mistakes and there are mistakes of compliance. But Labour's mistakes are of a different order."
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That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. he believes that is even more true for someone who does not know what is going on in their own constituency office."
The row came as the Tories again rejected inter-party talks on new caps for spending and donations. The justice secretary, Jack Straw, instead held talks with the Liberal Democrats on Monday and with nationalist parties yesterday to seek cross-party consensus ahead of a green paper in the new year.
The Tories told Straw there was no point in meeting unless Labour agreed to a £50,000 annual cap on donations from unions. The Lib Dems have told Straw they will exempt affiliation fees if union members are clearly told they have the right to opt out of the political levy.
David Heath, for the Lib Dems, hoped Cameron would see the benefit in coming back to the table to negotiate a settlement "that is fair, transparent and sustainable".