A billionaire who was made Lord despite a watchdog advising against his nomination donated £ 500,000 to the Conservative Party just days after taking his seat.
Peter Cruddas donated the money on February 5, after being officially introduced to the House of Lords on February 2.
It is the largest sum of money the mogul has ever given to the Conservatives.
Lord Cruddas previously failed the Nominations Commission verification process to become a peer, but the Prime Minister rescinded his advice and appointed him Lord.
Labor President Anneliese Dodds accused Boris Johnson of “unbelievably sordid”.
Lord Cruddas, who is worth £ 1.3 billion according to the Sunday Times Rich List, has donated millions of dollars to the Conservative Party and has donated large sums to the Vote Leave campaign.
The prime minister has been criticized for approving Lord Cruddas ‘appointment in December after the committee raised “historic concerns about allegations made during Mr Cruddas’ tenure as Conservative Party treasurer”.
It is believed to refer to a court case in 2012 that occurred after the peer was caught on camera discussing donations by The Sunday Times.
The Election Commission found there was “no evidence” that the rules had been broken, and Lord Cruddas was awarded damages.
However, the damages were reduced three years later when the Court of Appeal reversed part of the judgment.
Ms Johnson has since defended Lord Cruddas’ appointment, saying: “The most serious accusations made at the time have been shown to be false and defamatory.”
In a social media post, Ms Dodds said: “Peter Cruddas has resigned as Tory treasurer amid allegations of money for access.
“He failed the Lords verification process, but Boris …
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This notice was published: 2021-06-03 20:08:00