Tory frontbencher Chris Grayling said:
"This was clearly another attempt by Labour to bury bad news. "It is extraordinary that Gordon Brown could make such a clear promise about repaying the money and then do nothing while quietly hoping no one noticed. He just keeps on treating the British people as fools."A Labour Party spokesman said:
"The investigation has not been concluded and the Electoral Commission has not made a judgment. The escrow account holder will take instruction from the police, the courts or the Electoral Commission to determine the rightful ownership of the funds and who the money should be sent to."Surely given the circumstances surrounding these donations, labour would be keen to return them? Couldn't they have gone to the courts or the Electoral Commission to ask if the money could be released? Or is it that given the state of Labour's finances, they were hoping to keep the money? They can't be that desperate - can they?