Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:44AM
Revelations have been made about British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s dinners with three multi-millionaire Tory donors as the cash-for-access scandal continues to grip senior politicians. Hague is the fourth Cabinet minister who has wined and dined multi-millionaire Tory donors at his country mansion in Kent, revealed the Sun on Wednesday. The other Cabinet ministers are Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Chancellor George Osborne. Earlier this week, it emerged that Cameron has hosted seventeen multi-million Tory donors in his flat and Chequers, his country mansion in Buckinghamshire. On Saturday, Peter Cruddas, the co-treasurer of the Conservative Party, resigned after the Sunday Times released a video of him in which he told undercover reporters that they could have access to the government and even influence decisions made by Cameron in exchange for £250,000. Cameron admitted that he has hosted business fat cats but denied that they were recommended by Cruddas saying there were people he had known for “many years.” “In the two years I have been Prime Minister, there have been three occasions on which significant donors have come to a dinner in my flat. In addition, there was a further post-election dinner which included donors in Downing Street itself shortly after the general election,” Cameron admitted. Hague hosted conservatives’ biggest donor Lord Ashcroft, who gave the party almost £5million between 2005 and 2010, twice at his country mansion. However, Hague’s aides insist that he has not invited them as donors but as personal friends and paid for the dinners out of his own pocket. ISH/PKH/HE