Lib Dems warn against 'secret millionaires'

Donations of more than £1,000 to Boris Johnson's Mayor's Fund should be formally declared, says leader of London Assembly group

Boris Johnson's newly launched children's charity must not be funded by "secret millionaire" donors who might seek to influence the London mayor, according to the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly.

Mike Tuffrey claimed that allowing people to make anonymous donations to the Mayor's Fund for London, which was launched on Tuesday (Third Sector Online, 8 April), could lead to donors trying to win political favour.

"I urge the mayor to ensure that all donations of £1,000 or more are formally declared and open to public inspection," he said. "Secret millionaires may make great TV but have no place in London government."

However, a spokeswoman for the Mayor said: "As clearly stated at the launch on Tuesday, the Mayor will never know who the donors are. Mr Tuffrey should not be concerned."

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