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  • Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    Labour Party donor requests removal from peerage nominee list

    According to this article, from the Guardian, Sir David Gerrard, who gave the Labour Party £1 million, has asked that his name be taken off the list of Blair's nominees for a peerage:

    More pressure was applied by MPs yesterday when the chair of a powerful Commons committee said he was reopening an inquiry into the honours system to consider whether it was open to abuse.

    Tony Wright, Labour chairman of the Commons public administration committee, said he wanted to examine what measures were needed to ensure the system was independent.

    Today, a spokeswoman for Sir David said the businessman had thanked Mr Blair for the nomination, but had now "written to the prime minister asking for his name to be removed from the list of nominees".

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