The Mail on Sunday’s Jonathan Oliver, who broke the Abrahams story, has done it again.
Tomorrow’s newspaper has this:
"The focus of the sleaze scandal engulfing the Government switched dramatically last night to the Labour Party’s second biggest donor – an Iranian-born car dealer who is not even entitled to vote in general elections. Mahmoud Khayami, a French citizen, has given a total of £830,000 in the past eight months, making him Labour’s biggest individual backer after Lord Sainsbury… Khayami made his first donation on May 2 this year. But The Mail on Sunday has discovered he only became a "permissible" donor on May 1, when he first appeared on the Electoral Register. Had he made the payment 48 hours earlier both he and the Labour Party would have been committing a criminal offence. Even though his name is on the register, he is permitted to vote only in local and European ballots, not general elections. Commentators said that while he was thus technically qualified to make party donations, the fact he had done so meant Labour was ‘sailing close to the wind’ on donation rules."
Chris Grayling commented: "It is now very clear Gordon Brown had ordered a ‘dash for cash’ ahead of an early Election."