Peter Hain resigns!


by Leon
24th January, 2008 at 1:52 pm    

Oh dear, this is not a good week for Labour given the problems Ken Livingstone is facing. As the coming Mayoral Election battle heats up, continued problems at national government level means a cabinet level resignation will be damaging.

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Peter Hain resigned as work and pensions secretary today following the announcement that the Metropolitan police will investigate his failure to declare donations to his deputy leadership campaign worth more than £100,000.

He told Gordon Brown that his position was untenable after the Electoral Commission informed him they were referring him to the Metropolitan police over allegations he broke electoral law.

Hain has always insisted that the failure to declare the donations to his campaign was an accident and sources indicated that he would fight to “clear his name” from the backbenches.

[Via The Guardian]

I’ve lost track of the number of laptops, millions of people’s data lost and donations scandals in recent months…Gordon Brown must be bricking it.

Update: Paul Linford asks what happens next on his excellent blog (Paul, bring back the podcast!).


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  1. chairwoman — on 24th January, 2008 at 4:41 pm  

    I am sure that there was suspicions of dishonesty with regard to Peter Hain some years ago, when most of you were very young :-) .

    The late Chairman used to go on about it at some length whenever his permatanned face appeared, but I’m afraid that I can’t remember the details.

  2. Ambercat — on 25th January, 2008 at 4:24 pm  

    If a burglar gets caught breaking and entering does he get let off simply because he was incompetent? “I am sorry your honour, but my friend who was in charge of disabling the burglar alarm did not notice that extra circuit”. Should you reasonably expect such an excuse to stand up in court? If you think not then you will probably agree that our politicians should not get away with similar excuses.

    Read my full thoughts and see funny picture caption at Ambercat’s Blog

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