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Monday 19th March 2012 | 15:40
Hull city council press release
The Conservative Party has today requested details from Hull City Council under the Freedom of Information Act about businessman Assem Allam and Lord Prescott’s involvement in multi-million pound planning disputes with the council. This follows the Mail on Sunday’s revelation that Labour have accepted a £100,000 donation from Mr Allam.
This is not the first time the Labour Party, Lord Prescott, local Labour councils and Labour donors have been drawn into a funding row centred around a planning application.
Lord Prescott was also involved in Andrew Rosenfeld and Sir David Garrard’s planning application with Croydon Council for a £500 million shopping centre in 2005, only two months after the pair’s company had lent £3.3 million to Labour. Andrew Rosenfeld is now the Labour party’s election strategist.
Commenting, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon, said:
“Labour’s Hull City Council must reveal all information related to their planning dispute with a businessman who has just given £100,000 to Ed Miliband and Labour.
“In the interests of transparency, Ed Miliband should also come clean and reveal everything he, Lord Prescott and Labour officials have discussed with Mr Allam.”