Northern Ireland Minister of State, Hugo Swire MP, has launched a public consultation [pdf file] on the confidentiality arrangements that apply to donations and loans to Northern Ireland political parties. The closing date for the consultation is 25 October 2010. From the NIO press release
The Minister said: “We all want to see full transparency in politics and on the funding of political parties in particular.
“But I accept there have been real concerns in Northern Ireland about intimidation which has made it difficult to achieve this to date.
“The current confidentiality arrangements expire in March and this provides the perfect opportunity to review and consult on this difficult issue.”
I’m not convinced the political parties want to see full transparency in politics and on the funding of political parties in particular…