Nadir challenged over tapes: Fugitive tycoon is told to produce evidence of Tory 'disinformation'
Saturday 19 June 1993
The challenge came after Nadir, the bankrupt former chairman of the Polly Peck empire, accused the Conservative Party of mounting a 'deliberate disinformation campaign' to try to discredit him.
Speaking on BBC radio, Mr Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, told Nadir to publish whatever information he has or shut up.
Nadir has told journalists in Turkish northern Cyprus that he has revelations that would provoke a Watergate-scale scandal in the British government and that he has tapes proving the ministers and Tory MPs colluded to destroy his business.
But Mr Heseltine was contemptuous of the threat. He said: 'Don't let's get involved in allegations. Publish it. Stop smears. Publish what you believe to be evidence.'
John Smith, the Labour leader, yesterday called on the Conservative Party to end the practice of inviting companies to make loans to it instead of payments which must be declared in their accounts.
Mr Smith's intervention came after a disclosure in the Independent of a Tory Central Office memorandum detailing a new scheme to enable companies to make payments without telling shareholders. Central Office said the memo was withdrawn soon after it had been drawn up and no company had acted upon it.
The Independent disclosed yesterday that Richard Ryder, Chief Whip, was once incorrectly described as a 'political consultant' to Christopher Morgan, who now acts for Nadir.
Mr Ryder said that at no time did he have a commercial or professional relationship with the consultant, and that the listing in a professional
year book was made without his knowledge. He has said that he never attended any commercial meetings for Mr Morgan or acted on his behalf.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
£400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are currently seekin...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Network Manager - Shepherd's Bush...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Secondary supply teac...
£100 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Group: Full time German Supply Teacher...