Sir Keir Starmer faced questions over which financier gave his Labour leadership campaign £100,000 as BBC’s Andrew Neil asked who his top five biggest donors are. Mr Neil said: “It’s causing you a problem. Len McCluskey said that you’re having secret financiers sitting in the shadows. You could solve that tonight by saying everyone who had bankrolled your campaign will be made public.”
Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Neil show, Mr Starmer said: “I’ve got a compliance team in place who are checking every donation is in accords with the rules.
“Once they’ve done that they pass them to the parliamentary authorities to publish it.
“Two lots have gone up, another has gone to the parliamentary authorities today. We’re following the rules so that everything can be published.
“This line of attack on me that I’m following the rules which the Labour Party said these are the rules.”
Mr Neil continued to ask: “Who has given you £100,000?”
The interview comes after Mr Corbyn’s successor is expected to lead Labour to one of its worst local election results just weeks after taking over the party, according to an internal report.
Councils in traditional heartlands are expected to fall in an echo of its dire general election campaign.
Plymouth, Amber Valley in Derbyshire, Harlow and West Lancashire are all marked up to be certain losses and councils in so-called red wall areas like Sheffield could also go.
It says Labour lost “swathes of support” at the general election among older voters and lower income families.
The report looks at three different scenarios and found it will lose ten councils in the worst case.
In the most positive assessment it would lose six and could potentially gain Wirral and Burnley, where Labour is already the largest party.
“Based on the 2019 general election and the subsequent bounce in the polls for the Tories, we fully expect to lose hard-working councillors and lose control of some councils,” the report states.
Published at Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:08:00 +0000