Thursday, September 06, 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Electoral Commission Chairman Confirms LibDems May Have to Pay Back £2.4 Million
Last night I interviewed Sam Younger, the chairman of the Electoral Commission. In this ten minute clip from the hour long interview I ask him about various issues to do with political donations. He...
* refutes the suggestion that the Commission was to blame for the failure of the Police to bring charges in the Cash for Honours Affair
* justifies the decision to appeal the UKIP case
* confirms that the LibDems could face having to pay back the £2.4 donation from Fifth Avenue Partners if it is found that the company was not carrying out business in the UK
The latter point is raised right at the end of the clip. I press him on it and this is the exchange...
ID: Presumably if the donation is found to be an impermissable it should be returned to the Treasury.
SY: Our policy presumption is money is impermissable, it should not remain within the system.
I think it's reasonable to say that that answer was a 'yes'. Sam Younger was unable to say when they would be able to announce their findings as police inquiries into Michael Brown and Fifth Avenue Partners are ongoing. But it is crystal clear that the LibDems are not out of the woods by a long chalk on this.
If you'd like to watch the whole interview you can do so by clicking HERE.