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May 24, 2006

Hutton Enquiry Auction

Iain Dale spotted this bit of insensitive fund raising for the Labour Party... a copy of the Hutton Enquiry into the death of David Kelly was auctioned off, signed by none other than Cherie Blair for £400.

Also picked up by
An Englishman's Castle.

Drinking from Home and The Anglo Saxon Chronicle have found out an Early Day Motion was filed in Parliament by Stewart Jackson, Conservative MP for Peterborough.

EDM 2224


Jackson, Stewart

That this House notes that senior members of the Labour Party including hon. Members and Government Ministers attended a party fundraising event last week at the Arts Club in Mayfair; further notes that a copy of the official report by Lord Hutton into the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly, signed by Ms Cherie Booth QC, was auctioned for party funds raising £400; believes this conduct to be in appalling bad taste, arrogant and crassly insensitive in seeking to make money, albeit indirectly, through hawking, as a novelty item, an official Government report into the death of a public servant; regrets the distress caused to the family and friends of the late Dr Kelly; calls on the Labour Party to apologise for such tasteless and offensive conduct and to donate the money raised to an appropriate charity; and deprecates such conduct by hon. Members."

I see the ministers involved have apparently

"Mr Bryant and Mr Purnell said: "This was a private event. No one intended to give offence and if there is any offence, we sincerely apologise.

"We have not received any money for this item and we want to make it clear that we will not accept any."

Oh that's all right then....obviously you have no shame in auctioning off an enquiry into a man's death.


"The prime minister's official spokesman said he would not get involved in the row, adding that "it was a party matter and nothing to do with us".

Hmm...the PM's wife is involved, and it has nothing to do with them? Have the Labour Party any moral compass at all?

If they wanted to raise money, they should have found something more suitable to auction....another reason, as if there needed to be any more of why the Labour Party are singularly unsuitable to govern this country.

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