November 2007

Harriet Harman, the mortgage, and the trouble with reporting

November 30, 2007

Iain Dale is quite right about the need to declare to the Electoral Commission any mortgages owed to banks etc.. Section 71F of PPERA makes that clear. Here’s the Electoral Commission’s guidance; paragraphs 3.8-3.10, on page 12, are the relevant bit. Section 71F was inserted by section 61 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006.

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Wild talk and conspiracies

November 30, 2007

As I’ve already said in an earlier post, some people in discussing donorgate, or donationsgate, of Abrahamsgate or whatever it is, are inclined to wild talk about whether the police might be investigating Theft Act offences like theft and false accounting, or else money laundering offences. And I’ve dismissed that as wild talk. But I […]

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Sudan makes a joke of itself and of Islam

November 29, 2007

It’s unbelievable, this, isn’t it? This woman comes to help their kids, lets them name a nice toy bear, and for that they’re going to put her through fifteen days in prison. Perhaps the bear will be flogged. Ms. Gibbons, the kids and the cute bear all come out of this pretty well. In fact […]

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The Abrahams donations: wild talk of non-PPERA offences

November 29, 2007

Some people might be rashly suggesting offences other than those under PPERA might have been committed – but I think that’s wild talk, to be frank. Some might suggest it’s false accounting – but to charge that under section 17 of the Theft Act 1968, there must be evidence that the suspect acted with a […]

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Those potential PPERA offences: the penalties

November 29, 2007

Schedule 20 to PPERA lays down the penalties for offences relating to party donations: it’s a handy read-across guide. In respect of each of the offences set out in my post yesterday, the maximum penalties are: – on summary conviction (i.e. if the case is accepted by the Magistrates’ Court): statutory maximum fine (£5000) or […]

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The worst legal system in the world? Version 2.0

November 29, 2007

I spoke too soon, and it makes me feel like Major Gowan. If you remember, when the American accuses Fawlty Towers of being the worst hotel he’d ever been in, the Major snaps. “No! No!” he protests. “There’s a place in Eastbourne…” The charging of Gillian Gibbons is a disgrace not just to Sudan, but […]

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Those potential PPERA offences – a concise summary

November 28, 2007

I blogged this a couple of times yesterday, but I thought it might be a good idea to summarise the position as regards what offences might potentially have been committed under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 as a result of David Abrahams’s secret donations, which were wrongly reported as having come from […]

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Countryside Alliance v Attorney General: House of Lords Judgment

November 28, 2007

The Lords have given judgment today in R (Countryside Alliance) v Attorney General. There were two appeals in fact: one by huntsmen and landowners heavily engaged in the hunting “lifestyle” so to speak, who argued that the Hunting Act 2004 breaches their Convention rights to respect for private life, to freedom of assembly and protection […]

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Harriet Harman, and Janet Kidd’s donation: possible offences

November 27, 2007

I’ve been having another think about donationsgate, specifically thinking about potential offences in relation to the Harriet Harman donation. If Janet Kidd failed to tell Harriet Harman’s team the money was really from Abrahams, then she may have committed an offence under paragraph 6(5) of Schedule 7 to PPERA. If she did, but a team […]

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Head of Legal "agrees with Pannick" shock

November 27, 2007

Heavens! What’s going on? I actually agree with what he says in the Times today about European free movement and discrimination law, and sport: it really is no good ministers or sports bodies trying to find clever ways out the rules that prevent them trying to place limits on the number of foreign players. As […]

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