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Government objection led to summit ban on Ashcroft

MICHAEL ASHCROFT, the Conservative Party treasurer, was barred from an international summit after government objections, it emerged last night.

Conservatives In Crisis: FO objections `led to summit ban on Ashcroft'

Portillo by-election victory raises spirits amid disclosures that treasurer was barred from Commonwealth meeting summit

Ashcroft: Now MP faces censure over hidden Belize link

WILLIAM HAGUE will suffer fresh embarrassment today when a senior Conservative MP is given an official Commons reprimand over his close links with Michael Ashcroft, the controversial Tory party treasurer.

Hague pledge on foreign donors `broken' by pounds 666,000 Ashcroft gift

WILLIAM HAGUE was embroiled in a damaging new controversy last night after allegations that the Conservative Party had broken his pledge to ban foreign donations.

Conservatives In Crisis: Five days that shook the Tories and led to renewed questions over Hague's leadership

A WEEK AGO, William Hague believed the Tories had reached a turning point in their long march back from the political wilderness. He had scored a Commons triumph over Tony Blair in the debate on the Queen's Speech, in a witty and cutting attack on the Government's policies.

The Caribbean: Journey into darkness

The jungles of Belize offer thrilling canoe rides, Mayan ruins, spectacular scenery - and human skeletons

I retract nothing on Mr Ashcroft

SINCE I made my speech in the Commons last Wednesday raising quite legitimate concerns about Michael Ashcroft's role as Conservative Party treasurer and funder, I have been accused of many things.

Ashcroft took MPs to lobby in Cuba

MICHAEL ASHCROFT took a group of Tory MPs to Cuba to lobby them against an American trade embargo, The Independent has learnt. The revelation will irritate the United States government, which has trade sanctions against Cuba designed to isolate it from the West.

Ashcroft faces bar on party donating

JACK STRAW, the Home Secretary, yesterday confirmed a report in The Independent that the Conservative Party treasurer Michael Ashcroft could be banned from making big political donations under a shake-up of party funding.

Gifts from Ashcroft may be banned

FUTURE donations to the Conservatives by their party Treasurer, Michael Ashcroft, could be made illegal under proposals to be put before Parliament this week. Backbench Labour MPs are drawing up plans to force through legislation which would ban gifts from "foreign governments and their representatives" as part of the forthcoming shake-up of the law governing the funding of political parties.

The Ashcroft Affair: Move to end pounds 1m gifts to the Tories

MINISTERS ARE to consider changing the law to block Michael Ashcroft's pounds 1m per year donations to the Conservative Party, it emerged last night.

MP links Ashcroft to drug and money-laundering inquiries

MICHAEL ASHCROFT was named in connection with allegations of drug smuggling or money laundering on no fewer than six occasions, an MP told the House of Commons yesterday.

ASHCROFT AFFAIR: Bradley's Statement To The Commons

PETER BRADLEY, Labour MP for The Wrekin, told the Commons that the files he had seen were from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the FBI and the International Narcotics Bureau and had also been seen by The Times newspaper, which first published allegations over Michael Ashcroft's Belize-based interests.
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