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Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby Hairyloon » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:39 pm

A top donor to Ukip has demanded the party hand him back up to £200,000 after a row broke out over his membership.
Arron Banks insists he was suspended by the party after relations broke down with senior figures - but officials say he failed to re-register.
The insurance tycoon - who has given £1.4m to Ukip over the years - has sent the party a bill for office services he provided, including the use of call centres.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/po ... rron-banks

Posted as much for amusement as legal discussion, but is there any kind of leg he might find to stand on? It appears to have seemed clear to the recipients that he was giving them free use of the facilities, but I suppose even so, it would have been sensible to have had some kind of lease or contract, which might have had an appropriate clause, but how could such a clause be workable?
But presumably this should have been recorded with the electoral commission as a donation, and if so, then how can he now claim that it wasn't?
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Re: Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby atticus » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:22 pm

He might well find a leg to stand on. Not knowing any facts or being privy to any of the arrangements, I am unable to say whether that leg would be real or prosthetic.
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Re: Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:57 pm

I don't believe that the declaration with the Electoral Commission would necessarily be definitive. There's no category to declare a non-cash loan, they all have to go down as donations.

Perusal of Ukip's accounts suggests that they wouldn't be in a position to meet a liability of this kind.
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Re: Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby dls » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:49 pm

He could do us all a service . .
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Re: Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:52 pm

Be careful what you wish for.
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Re: Change of mind about free loan of facilities?

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:15 pm

With the departure of Douglas Carswell the party has no access to Short Money either.

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