Friday, April 28, 2006
Which Labour Politician Offered Peter Law a Peerage?
Mrs Peter Law alleges a very senior Labour figure offered her husband a Peerage as a quid pro quo for standing aside in Blaenau Gwent. She should now come clean and name him. Surely, though, there can be few people on the shortlist. Whoever it is has brought the whole process further into disrepute. An anonymous denmail from a Welsh Labour Party official isn't good enough. As Welsh Secretary, Peter Hain should now go on the record and issue a firm, on the record denial - otherwise people will go on being suspicious. Just a reminder that such an offer would be illegal under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925, which says: "If any person accepts, obtains or agrees to accept or obtain from any person, for himself or for any other person, or for any purpose, any gift, money or valuable consideration as an inducement or reward for procuring or assisting or endeavouring to procure the grant of a dignity or title of honour to any person or otherwise in connection with such a grant, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanour."It's undeniable that this is a valuable consideration. Thus, if true, the senior Labour politician - whoever it is - is liable to be prosecuted. I'm sure Inspector John Yates will be adding this to his growing workload.