A Labour parliamentary candidate has refused a donation of £1,000 to her campaign by Tony Blair.
The former prime minister pledged £106,000 to help the party campaign in 106 key battleground seats, but Lesley Brennan who is standing in Dundee East has decided to decline the offer.
On Twitter Ms Brennan said her "instinct" told her not to accept the £1,000 and she had discussed the decision with her team.
The money has already been described as "blood money" by Rhodri Glyn Thomas, a Plaid Cymru member of the Welsh Assembly and Stewart Hosie, the SNP deputy leader, told the Daily Mail: "Tony Blair’s bad money will do Labour in Scotland no good."
Tony Blair: A career of controversies
Tony Blair: A career of controversies
1/11 The Tony Blair 'selfie'.. A journalist takes a picture of Kennard Phillips 'Photo Op', depicting Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a 'selfie' in front of an explosion in Iraq, during a press viewing of the exhibition Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War
2/11 Protesters pictured outside the QEII Conference centre in London in 2011 as former British PM Tony Blair give his evidence in the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry
3/11 David Lawley-Wakelin, who disrupted Tony Blair’s testimony at the Leveson Inquiry by bursting into the court
4/11 Blair giving evidence
5/11 Tony Blair visiting troops in Iraq in 2007
6/11 Blair meeting with troops in Basra, Iraq in 2003
7/11 Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks to British soldiers at Divisional Headquaters in Basra, May 2007
8/11 British Prime Minister Tony Blair eats dinner with British troops in Basra, Iraq, 21 December, 2004
9/11 Syrian president Bashar El Assad during his official visit to the United Kingdom in 2002. Mr Blair tried to engage Mr Garcia in a conversation about Syria. The former Prime Minister made clear he was very much in favour of military intervention last summer.
10/11 Syrian president Bashar El Assad and wife Asma during their official visit to the United Kingdom in 2002. Mr Blair tried to engage Mr Garcia in a conversation about Syria
11/11 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's signature adorns a program he signed for an Iraq veteran during a reception at the Guildhall in London following the service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral honouring UK military and civilian personnel who served in Iraq
Mr Blair explained that he made donations to candidates in constituencies “where the election will be won for Labour”.
When the donation was announced last week the party said it was “delighted” that Labour’s longest serving prime minister had donated his own money to help put Ed Miliband into Downing Street.
Received donation from Tony Blair. Instinct was to not accept. Discussed with team. Dundee East is not accepting the £1000.— Lesley Brennan (@LesleyEastend) March 8, 2015
Previously, reports had claimed that the former Labour leader was disappointed in Mr Miliband’s performance as Leader of the Opposition and thought he was trying to move the party too far from the centre ground, from which Mr Blair won three elections.
In a letter to the 106 candidates - including Ms Brennan - Mr Blair said: “As the final countdown to the general election begins, I am writing to wish you every success in your efforts to be elected and also to make a donation to your campaign.
“I know how hard it can be to raise money to fund a local campaign, but for you, in one of our 106 battleground seats, it is even more vital. This is where the election will be won for Labour and that is why I am making a donation to all 106 campaigns.
“As one of our key seat candidates you know better than most the scale of the challenge we face, but I have every confidence that with your drive, determination and organisational skills, you will deliver a successful local campaign that will also see our party returned to government.”
The donation raises further questions about the personal wealth of Mr Blair, who is thought to have made millions of pounds from lucrative speaking engagements, directorships and consultancy work.
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