Saturday, April 01, 2006
EXCLUSIVE: Foreign Tory Lendors Revealed
In another exclusive for this Blog I can reveal the identity of two of the foreign benefactors who lent money to the Conservative Party before the last election. They were Portuguese Shipping magnate Abril Chiste and Russian Oil billionaire Approlina Wytka. Little is known about either man and a Google search reveals nothing. I have learned that Michael Crick was due to unveil them in his report on Newsnight last night but BBC lawyers prevented him from doing so, saying he must wait a few hours. Crick threw a wobbly and threatened to walk out. He was heard to shout "I'd get more bloody support from Alex Ferguson!". By then it was too late to get the names into Saturday's papers despite Andrew Pierce of The Times personally ringing Rupert Murdoch in a vein attempt to get him to stop the presses. Chiste and Wytka are understood to have loaned £250,000 each but were repaid shortly after polling day direct from the Party's secret vaults in Transylvania (since transferred to a secret location in Notting Hill). The terms of the loan are unknown but there is no suggestion from anyone that they broke any rules. A Conservative Spokesman told this blog: "We have at all times kept it real and made clear that we are all in this together."