New Labour's Peter Hain M.P.
Former Cabinet minister Peter Hain was guilty of “serious and substantial” failings in not registering more than £100,000 of donations to his Labour deputy leadership campaign, according to Westminster’s sleaze watchdog.
1) The Guardian newspaper, on 10 January 2008, noted that Hain was being accused of not reporting £100,000 in contributions. It later emerged that a large part of these funds were channeled through a non-operating think tank, the Progressive Policies Forum. http://tinyurl.com/3cwjje
2) On 24 January 2008, he resigned from several posts including his position as Work and Pensions secretary, after the Electoral Commission referred the failure to report donations to Metropolitan Police.
3) Peter Hain's campaign failed to declare £103,156 of donations, contrary to electoral law. http://tinyurl.com/b24yxz As the police investigation continued, further dubious financial practices surfaced including employing his 80-year-old mother on a Commons salary of £5,400 a year http://tinyurl.com/create.php
4) In 1976 Hain was tried for, and acquitted of, a 1974 bank robbery, allegedly having been framed by South African intelligence agents. Two schoolboys positively identified him. Despite modern DNA techniques and mass fingerprinting now being available no further investigation of this unsolved case is known to have taken place.
5) In 1972 Peter Hain was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and fined £200.
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