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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:40 am 

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This will come as a bit of a shock to teachers, or indeed to anyone who has seen or heard Michael Gove. Michael Gove is the most popular government minister.
However the people he is popular with are people with money rather than, for example. pensioners.
Education Minister Michael Gove has received more donations into his private office since the election than any other cabinet minister including the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
He has received £35,500 for his private office and £61,279 at constituency level.
His constituency has received a staggering 284,416 pounds and 40p since he became MP. We don't know who gave him the 40p. We do know that former Lehman Brothers' banker Jeremy Isaacs donated £3,000 to Gove's office. Isaacs has given £100,000 to the Central Party fund in the past but this was the first time he is registered as funding an MP's private office.
Money management firm Christofferson Robb & Company LLP gave £5,000.
Electoral Commission records show Gove started registering his private office donations in 2009. Since then around three quarters of his private office donations have come from individuals with business interests in The City.
The biggest single donation to Gove's private office was £150,000 donated in 2009 by Martin Calderbank of private equity firm Stirling Capital Partners.
So obviously Gove has friends in high places. You can't call this perfectly legal activity "corruption". That would be like saying the whole financial system is corrupt.
And we wouldn't want anybody to think that :)

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