Letter: A trunkful of taka won't buy Mr Blair

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Sir: I am most interested to read that the Labour Party were highminded enough to refuse a hefty pounds 5m donation from Dr Moosa Bin-Shamsher, whom I believe to be a Bangladeshi national.

As the State Bangladesh Bank does not apparently allow transfers of monies over 100 taka - a negligible sum - I wonder how he would be able to transfer pounds 5m to the coffers of the Labour Party. Perhaps this is the real reason for the refusal and not their moralistic opposition to such practices?

Yours faithfully,


MEP for London South and

Surrey East (Con)

London, SW1

30 August