Cameron admits hosting donors at No. 10

March 27, 2012 at 1:34 AM
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LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday major donors to the Conservative Party had been entertained at his official residences.

The events included lunches and dinners at No. 10 Downing Street -- the London house that serves as both the prime minister's home and office -- and at the official country house, Chequers, The Guardian reported. The office of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne admitted he had hosted donors at Dorneywood, his official country house, although sources in the Treasury told the newspaper donors were invited there as part of larger gatherings and not to events specifically for them.

Peter Cruddas resigned as Conservative Party treasurer Saturday after The Sunday Times released a video that showed him apparently promising access for cash. Cruddas was filmed telling undercover reporters that 200,000 to 250,000 pounds ($320,000 to $400,000) would give donors "premier league" access to Cameron.

The prime minister's office at first described dinners at 10 No. as gatherings with old friends, some of them party donors, and said no lists of guests would be released. Later Monday, the lists were released.

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