Luciana Berger, the Shadow Minister of Climate Change, uses her taxpayer funded office allowance to hire offices from UCATT, the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. Since Ms Berger’s election in May 2010, UCATT have donated £78,750 to the Labour Party, and £5,000 to Ed Miliband. Berger’s publicly funded office allowance is being swivelled back into Labour’s coffers.
UCATT, an affiliated Labour Trade Union, is viewed as an organisation with significant lobbying power. Ms Berger’s relationship with the Trade Union does not appear to be illegal but it does raise question marks over political party funding, especially if other Labour MPs are founding following suit.
Could you imagine the outrage if this was being done by an Ashcroft backed Tory?