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Unlock Democracy: Party funding reform long overdue

Commenting on the latest revelations about David Abraham's secret donations to the Labour Party, Director of Unlock Democracy Peter Facey said:

"Following the collapse of the Hayden Phillips talks, we warned that there would be another major party funding scandal within five years. Even we were surprised to see one emerge within five weeks however.

"It was clear that this situation was unsustainable two years ago and that a much tighter regime of capped donations and spending limits is long overdue. What we need is decisive action, not more reviews by ever more eminent judges and bishops which is all that has been promised so far.

"Despite this week's debacle, we still have one of the most sleaze-free political systems in the world. It is sad that a few foolish individuals seem so hell-bent on dragging the system through the mud."



Unlock Democracy, incorporating Charter 88, is the campaign promoting democratic renewal and active engagement in the political process.

For more information on their work on party funding, see here.

For more information, a quote or an interview, please contact James Graham on 020 7278 4443 or 07966 237550.

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