Blair donation? Yes please!
March 10, 2015 1 Comment
I am Southend West Constituency Labour Party’s treasurer. In this role I manage the local party’s finances; and this includes the recording and banking of donations.
My legal obligations include ensuring that the donor is a registered voter, and I cannot accept anonymous donations. Since almost all donations are from party members this is quite straightforward.
I do not examine the beliefs of those who donate – they are members and supporters, and are donating to assist in electing us into the council chamber and Parliament.
I opposed the Iraq war. I have opposed many military interventions. My reservations about the Blair Premiership does not end there, but taken in the round those were good years for Labour and the UK.
I am standing for Parliament, but my seat is one that is not on a target list. However, if Tony Blair wants to donate to help me in my fight to oust Sir David Amess then I would gratefully receive it.
I am not going to criticise those who feel that they cannot accept Tony Blair’s generosity, although I wonder whether the membership of the local CLP has been consulted. I just know that raising much needed cash is always difficult (it is in Southend West anyway) and if Tony Blair wants to help an anti-war candidate then I am generous enough to accept.
I suggest that those who are troubled by Blair’s decision on Iraq concentrate on his many fine achievements: the minimum wage, more doctors and nurses in the NHS, refurbished and rebuilt schools, Sure Start, free admission to museums – and the list can go on.
Please make cheques out to ‘Southend West CLP’.