A Tory MP’s general election bid got donations from a firm at the centre of an inquiry into the disappearance of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
A total of £30,000 was sent to David Mackintosh’s Northampton South Fighting Fund from 1st Land Ltd.
It received council loan money intended to rebuild the town’s football ground.
Mr Mackintosh, who signed off the loan when he was Northampton Borough Council leader, told the BBC he welcomed all the investigations currently under way.
He said he looked forward to their conclusions, saying “nobody wants to know this more than me.”
Mr Mackintosh’s election agent said he would inform Conservative Party headquarters of the BBC’s latest revelations.
Bank statements analysed
The police are looking into “alleged financial irregularities” surrounding the £10.25m earmarked for the project.
Three donations of £10,000 each, in April and May 2014, were made into Mr Mackintosh’s Fighting Fund by individuals linked to developer Howard Grossman, who owned 1st Land Ltd.
Along with another company, it received £8.75m of the council’s money to facilitate the project at Sixfields, which was halted after contractors were not paid.
The BBC has seen analysis of bank statements indicating payments made by 1st Land Ltd to a company and two individuals who went on to make donations to Northampton South Conservatives.
The individuals and company were declared as being donors to the Electoral Commission:
Apple Consultants received £10,000 from 1st Land Ltd on 3 April 2014. The same sum was then paid by them to Northampton South Conservatives the following day. A director of this company is Gary Robert Platt, a business associate of Howard Grossman
Leonard Western received £10,000 from 1st Land Ltd on 25 April 2014. £10,000 was then donated on 7 May. Mr Western’s son Keith is a former employee of Howard Grossman
Al Mayfield received £11,000 from 1st Land Ltd …read more
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