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Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Probed Labour accounts named
Jack McConnell's Motherwell and Wishaw constituency office
Jack McConnell's constituency came under the spotlight
Two more Labour Party constituencies in Scotland, who may have breached the strict rules governing the registering of political donations, have been named.

A Sunday newspaper claims that one constituency is Kirkcaldy in Fife, the local party of defence minister Lewis Moonie.

It also identifies Glasgow Pollok as a constituency where local union donations may have gone unregistered, in breach of Electoral Commission rules.

Scotland on Sunday said the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF) had paid 2,000 a year to the Kirkcaldy and Glasgow Pollok branches.

Lewis Moonie
Lewis Moonie: Defence minister

It also reports a similar sum was paid by the union to Dundee West branch, but the undeclared money was split with a neighbouring constituency.

Since February last year all donations of more than 1,000 - or totalling more than 1,000 from one source in the course of a year - must be notified to the Electoral Commission.

Scottish Labour has already admitted an apparent breach of the law in First Minister Jack McConnell's Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, where regular donations by the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) were not notified.

And on Friday it emerged that there had been apparent breaches of the law in four other Scottish constituencies.

Party chiefs pledged to bring in independent auditors to examine the accounts of the first minister's constituency.

Register donations

But a spokesman said there were no plans to bring in auditors to look at the books of other constituencies.

A party spokesman refused to confirm the five constituencies where it admits accounts are not in compliance with Electoral Commission rules.

"It is the responsibility of the local treasurers to register donations.

"Any which have not been will now be registered."

Labour has ordered checks of local party accounts across the UK in the wake of the accounting row.

Complete submission

The MP for Glasgow Pollok, Ian Davidson, said he was "surprised" by the revelations and insisted the fault lay with the Electoral Commission.

Mr Davidson said: "As far as I'm aware we have made a complete submission saying how much money we get.

"We sent them off and they appear not to have been processed adequately.

"The fault seems to be on their side rather than ours."

Mr Moonie was not available for comment.

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"Potentially this is a very widespread problem"
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