As election day gets closer and closer it is vital that the expenses crisis isn’t drowned out in promises and spin. Over the last two years the Sunlight Centre’s largest campaigns and investigations have been into the Smith Institute and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. With your help we want to remind voters about this in the run up to polling day.
Not many people, and certainly not many of his constituents, know the role that Ed Balls played in the scandal around Gordon Brown’s favourite, think-tank The Smith Institute, and its breach of the charity laws covering party political activity.
Following the Charity Commission investigation initiated by the Sunlight COPs, the board of the charity had to resign. In the year between leaving the Treasury as Brown’s Special Adviser and becoming an MP, Ed Balls was paid close to £89,000 to write two pamphlets for the sham organisation. We want to tell the voters in his constituency of Morley and Outwood about this so the Sunlight Centre will be running an advert highlighting this and his expenses claims throughout the local paper websites in his constituency. We also want to remind Jacqui Smith’s constituents of her role as the “poster girl” of the expenses crisis.
Electoral Laws allow us to spend £500 in each constituency, but we need your help in order to raise these funds. If you could please contribute perhaps £10, £20, or £50 then together we can make sure that these two rotten elements of the last rotten parliament are not returned on election day.
Thank you in advance,
The Sunlight Centre