Party funding update: Prentice’s fight continues

Further to my post below last night, MP Gordon Prentice has written to tell me that his amendments calling for tax exiles to be banned from making donations to political parties, which were dead after Monday night’s debate, are now alive again. Labour peer Lord Campbell-Savours has promised to table the amendments when the bill gets debated in the Lords on 18 March.

The Ministry of Justice is still dead against his amendments.

But there is anger on the backbenches that Prentice’s measure was so easily tossed aside. Labour MP Colin Challen has tabled this Early Day Motion:

MANAGEMENT OF TIME IN DEBATES IN THE HOUSE 
03.03.2009

Challen, Colin 
That this House leaves itself open to ridicule when it cannot find time to debate an amendment supported by 216 hon. Members, designed to stop tax exiles donating to British political parties, but can find time to vote on keeping the home addresses of parliamentary candidates secret.

Read more in Tribune this Friday…

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