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AN OPEN letter to the editor of The Times

TORY TREASURER: Ashcroft was named in US inquiries

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

ASHCROFT AFFAIR: Labour challenged to `put up or shut up' on Ashcroft

WILLIAM HAGUE challenged Labour to "put up or shut up" last night after Michael Ashcroft, the beleaguered Conservative Party treasurer, announced he was to sue The Times. Mr Hague made clear that Mr Ashcroft would stay in his job during his legal battle.

Ashcroft sold Belize passports for pounds 33,000

MICHAEL ASHCROFT, the controversial Tory party treasurer, sold Belize passports for pounds 33,000 each, The Independent can reveal. Holders had the right to "trouble-free travel" around the world without visas.

Tories poured aid into Belize

A TINY Caribbean state with strong links to the Tory tycoon Michael Ashcroft received pounds 38 in British aid per head of population under the last government. And Belize also accepted a pounds 400,000 gift from Britain in the last year of the Tory government.

Ashcroft says: I will not quit as treasurer

MICHAEL ASHCROFT has no intention of quitting his post as the treasurer of the Tory party despite mounting speculation over his business dealings, he said yesterday.

The Westminster set will never be a match for the Mayfair set

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Leading article: Hague's banker

CAN IT be Mr Michael Ashcroft's passing resemblance to Nick Leeson - those steel-rimmed specs, those chubby cheeks, that air of slightly bewildered hilarity - that has put Britain's financial and political communities on red alert? A miasma of suspicion now surrounds Ashcroft's business empire, and at its centre is a familiar concern: that the monetary health of a noble British institution has become entrusted to the unsupervised caprices of one man, half a world away, who may at any moment bring the institution crashing down. The last one to fall was Barings Bank. Will the next be the Conservative Party?

Ashcroft denies money laundering

MICHAEL ASHCROFT, the Conservative Party treasurer, last night denied that he had ever been involved in drug running or money laundering after reports that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had a file on him.

The Tory Ethics Watchdogs

THE TORY Ethics and Integrity Committee, set up last November to combat "sleaze", is headed by Elizabeth Appleby, the QC who led an inquiry into corruption in the London borough of Lambeth.

Diplomat calls for Ashcroft investigation

Tory treasurer row: Senior Conservatives deny ordering British diplomat to lobby Belize to help businessman

Ex-ministers quizzed over Ashcroft

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Letter reveals how the Tories aided Ashcroft

JOHN MAJOR'S government hired a consultant to reform Belize's banking laws, but then rejected one of his key findings because it would cost the Tory tycoon Michael Ashcroft millions in tax.

The Ashcroft Affair: Offshore tycoon with a mean streak who makes the Tory party nervous

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