Ronald McKay released from order to produce Viva Palestina accounts

McKay (pictured), spokesman for Respect MP George Galloway, had appealed to the charity tribunal, saying he had never been a trustee of the charity

Ronald McKay
Ronald McKay

Ronald McKay, a spokesman for the Respect MP George Galloway, has won an appeal to be released from a Charity Commission order requiring him to produce financial accounts for the aid charity Viva Palestina.

Viva Palestina was founded by Galloway in 2009 to convey aid and food to Gaza. The commission launched an inquiry into the charity’s finances in July 2012 after it failed to produce any accounts.

In September, McKay was ordered to produce the missing accounts up to 2012. But McKay appealed to the charity tribunal against the order in October, saying he had never been a trustee and was unable to comply.

A ruling from the charity tribunal in November last year shows that McKay’s name was removed from the order to produce accounts for the charity, which was also known as Lifeline for Gaza.

A spokeswoman for the commission said the order to produce accounts had not been lifted, but had been amended to remove McKay’s name.

She said the successful appeal did not mean that McKay was no longer viewed by the regulator as part of the ongoing investigation into the charity.

She said that she was unable to make any further comment because of the ongoing investigation.

McKay said justice had been done. "I wasn’t a trustee," he said. "As far as I’m aware, accounts were prepared but I’m not sure if the commission has those. It’s not my responsibility. The previous trustees and directors are responsible for preparing the accounts."

He said he was not aware that the investigation by the Charity Commission was continuing.

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