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In quotes: Alexander donation report

Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander has been cleared of wrongdoing over an illegal donation to her leadership campaign.

Here is some of the reaction to the news.

WENDY ALEXANDER, SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER

I accept entirely the Electoral Commission's decision. As I have all along accepted, a mistake was made. Significant steps were taken to ensure compliance; it is however clear that our system of checks did fail, which I entirely accept. Lessons have and will be learned.

I also welcome the commission's decision that there is no basis for any finding of intentional wrongdoing on the part of me or my campaign team. As I have maintained from the outset, there was no intentional wrongdoing on my part and I have now been vindicated by the independent body charged with policing electoral law.

CHARLIE GORDON, LABOUR MSP

I contacted the commission as soon as I realised I had erred, having first of all informed, and apologised to, Wendy Alexander, Paul Green and the Chairman of Glasgow South Labour Party, for having unwittingly misled them. I re-iterate my deep regret that my error prompted a chain of events which embroiled other people.

ALEX SALMOND, FIRST MINISTER

I think all you can definitely say is this affair has been hugely damaging for Wendy Alexander's leadership of the Labour Party and a part of a pattern of mis-donation across the Labour Party which has been hugely damaging for that institution.

MURDO FRASER, SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE DEPUTY LEADER

As recent events have shown, this was the least of Labour's worries. Their handling of the budget was a complete and dismal failure. They were publicly humiliated, and many within Labour's own ranks are now questioning whether they are fit for purpose. Ultimately the Scottish public will cast their verdict.

MIKE RUMBLES, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MSP

The Electoral Commission's conclusions underline the lack of transparency and openness which has dogged Labour politicians, including Wendy Alexander, who have faced serious questions about inappropriate or illegal donations. Last week Wendy Alexander attempted, wholly inappropriately, to implicate politicians from other parties in this issue. However, as all the politicians caught up in these allegations are from the Labour Party, the onus is on them to get their house in order.

ROBIN HARPER, SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY CO-CONVENER

As a smaller party, entirely reliant on our membership for funding, it's infuriating to see the larger parties vote themselves massive sums of taxpayers' money, take even more money from the super-rich, and then squabble amongst themselves about who is more corrupt. People can see that the current system of scrutiny and regulation is now failing across the board, and the public will surely expect all parties to back clearer rules to try and rebuild confidence in the health of our democracy.

THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

Wendy Alexander has acknowledged that the donation in question was impermissible, and has voluntarily forfeited this sum. There is therefore no need for the commission to apply to the courts for a forfeiture order.



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