Nosemonkey's EUtopia

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Labour lending

OK, so the Capita story’s hotting up. But how about the other donors lenders? How about, for example, Sir David Garrard and Andrew Rosenfeld, former co-owners of property group Minerva?

Garrard has sponsored “The Business Academy, Bexley” to the tune of �2.4 million (�100,000 more than he bunked to the Labour party to support one of their flagship “city academy” schemes), not that it did much good despite what the Department for Education and Skills claims. Garrard’s promised peerage was already under investigation for that sizable sum even before the extra couple of million in loans appeared. But do Garrard and Rosenfeld maintain links to Minerva as well as the government, and could those links be anything to do with the company recently gaining the right to develop a 440,000 square foot freehold in the heart of the City of London, guaranteed to earn them back hundreds of millions?

Update: I forgot – (ex-)Capita man Rod Aldridge has also bunked �2 million towards a city academy