Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Name Was 'Stolen' to Be Donor for Labour, Says Lawyer; Spotlight: Harriet Harman Took out a [Pounds Sterling]40,000 Mortgage Extension to Fund Her Campaign

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Name Was 'Stolen' to Be Donor for Labour, Says Lawyer; Spotlight: Harriet Harman Took out a [Pounds Sterling]40,000 Mortgage Extension to Fund Her Campaign

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

LABOUR'S donor scandal deepened today as a solicitor asked police toprobe a gift made falsely in his name.

Newcastle property lawyer George Crawford demanded an investigation after theparty's official records listed him as giving [pounds sterling]36,000 in 2004.

However, he told the Standard he had reported the case to the police assuspected identity theft by someone trying to conceal their donations.

"I am not a member of any political party and I have better things to do withmy money than give it to political parties," he said.

"I did not give this money and I believe that my identity has been used bysomeone who did." The disclosure is a new headache to Gordon Brown who hasendured a week of pummelling revelations about the gifts given through frontmenby property tycoon David Abrahams.

He has insisted he had the consent of the people whose names he usedalthough one, Tory supporter Janet Dunn, initially said she had no idea andthen changed her story Mr Crawford, however, was so incensed that he went toNorth Shields police and made an official complaint.

He has also written to Labour demanding an explanation and asking for a copy ofthe cheque they were sent, to see whose name appeared on it.

Although it could be a case of mistaken posts 'must identity involving anamesake, Mr Crawford thinks his identity was hijacked because the recordsappear to use a non-existent address that is one digit different from hisoffice address.

Several years ago he worked for Mr Abrahams, who was then using the alias DavidMartin, but was not linked to him at the time of the donation.

"I am assuming someone has fabricated my identity," he added. NorthumbriaPolice said any complaint would be passed to the Metropolitan Police to becomepart of the criminal investigation launched last week.

The dramatic development came as the Prime Minister faced a series of newheadaches. …

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