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Labour backer: Enough is enough.

A multi-millionaire Labour donor has refused to give the party any more money because of the feud between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne said he was also angered by the Government's response to the Asian tsunami disaster and ongoing problems in Iraq.

He has previously given Labour pounds 50,000, but said he was almost certain he would not give again. Mr Bannatyne is worth pounds 130 million.

But his plans to build a new casino in Newcastle thrust him into the media spotlight last year. It emerged he had given the donation to Labour just as he decided to branch into casinos. He has always insisted, though, the donation had nothing to do with Labour's plans for super casinos.

Mr Bannatyne, aged 52, was reviewing his donations in the light of international affairs and Cabinet disunity.

His spokesman said it was highly unlikely he would give any more money to Labour. But he said he would stay a supporter of the party and would not donate to the Tories. Referring to renewed speculation of a rift between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, Mr Bannatyne said: 'Disunity in the Cabinet has a corrosive effect on the country. Gordon Brown is a great Chancellor who has delivered a stable economy, but business wants that to continue and not be blown off course by petty squabbles based on personal ambition.'

He said people with a 'world view' should also be concerned about the ongoing violence in Iraq. He also said the Government's response to the Asian tsunami appeared 'piecemeal and poor'.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 19, 2005
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