It was revealed this week that Tony Blair would be making a donation of over £100,000 to Labour’s election campaign – in the form of £1,ooo to each of Labour’s 106 target seats.
The three-term prime minister is a divisive character in the Labour Party, and at least one candidate has rejected the money.
Lesley Brennan, who is standing in Dundee East, announced on Twitter this morning that she would not be accepting the donation from former Labour leader Blair:
Received donation from Tony Blair. Instinct was to not accept. Discussed with team. Dundee East is not accepting the £1000.
— Lesley Brennan (@LesleyBzz) March 8, 2015
Brennan is up against the SNP’s Stewart Hosie, who is defending a majority of just 1,821. Labour held the seat until 2005, it is 34th in the target seat, and it is considered an SNP/Labour marginal. However, during the Scottish referendum Dundee became known as “Independence City” due to the high support for a Yes vote in the area, and current polling suggests Labour are unlikely to take any seats from the SNP.
UPDATE: It seems some candidates are a little more keen on the cash boost to their campaigns. Wes Streeting, candidate in Ilford North (83 on the target list), Kevin McKeever in Northampton South, and Louise Baldock in Stockton South (7 on target list) have all said they would be grateful for the funds.
Very good of a CLP to hand back donation they don't need. @IlfordNorthCLP will gladly and gratefully accept another @tonyblairoffice!
— Wes Streeting (@wesstreeting) March 8, 2015
To any Labour PPC not wanting donation from Tony Blair: we'll happily take it to fight Tories in Northampton South!
— Kevin McKeever (@kevinmckeever) March 8, 2015
@kevinmckeever You will have to get past me first
— Louise Baldock (@LouiseBaldock) March 8, 2015
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