Labour donor John Mills could be ejected from the party over Labour Leave’s payment to UKIP [Image: Getty].

Concern about a donation to UKIP by an organisation that seems connected with the Labour Party has been cleared up by the BBC’s Daily Politics.

According to Kate Hoey, a Labour MP who was a member of Labour Leave during the EU referendum campaign, the organisation paid around £18,000 to UKIP because it had shared a campaigning platform with the far-right anti-EU party and had to stump up its part of the costs.

The money had been registered as a donation by the Electoral Commission, and this is what caused the confusion.

My question is: What the hell was any member of Labour doing on a platform with another political party?

Hadn’t Labour learnt its lesson after the Scottish Referendum campaign of 2014, when Labour suffered grievous damage to its reputation by campaigning alongside the Conservatives for Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom?

Many Scots still believe (wrongly) that Labour and the Conservatives might as well be the same party, and the actions of Ms Hoey and her Labour Leave friends will only act as confirmation of this false viewpoint.

Ms Hoey said she had been prepared to campaign alongside “anyone within reason” during the referendum campaign – displaying a staggering lack of good judgement. UKIP is not “anyone within reason” and never has been.

Worst of all, Ms Hoey used the fact that Labour Leave was funded by Labour’s biggest donor – John Mills – as justification for its behaviour. At one point she asked if people would prefer him to stop funding the Labour Party – a clear threat.

In answer, This Writer says: Yes. If Labour’s biggest donor thinks he can blackmail the party by threatening to flounce out if anyone questions his decision to fund questionable causes that use the Labour name, then he should take his money elsewhere. He is already facing calls for his ejection.

Handing money to any political organisation should not afford the donor any special status (Tories take note).

Ms Hoey may find herself in for a rough time following her performance on Daily Politics. Already some commentators on Twitter are agitating for her deselection before the next general election, and not even over the UKIP donation.

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