‘Downing Street deliberately created a misleading impression about a major Conservative Party donor who was awarded a peerage by David Cameron last week, The Independent has learnt.
Ranbir Singh Suri, 79, a jewellery magnate who is one of Britain’s richest Asians, was elevated to the House of Lords at the request of the Prime Minister. He has donated more than £300,000 to the Tories since 2004.
In its official citation for the new peerages, the Government described the new Lord Suri as a “businessman” and “former General Secretary of the Board of British Sikhs”. But The Independent has established that the Board has not existed for more than 20 years and only involved four or five people.’
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How convenient! City boss made a peer by the Tories had handed them £333,000 – just WEEKS earlier
‘A City financier who was made a Tory peer on Friday had given the party more than £330,000 just weeks earlier, it emerged yesterday.
Michael Farmer’s latest donation is believed to take the total value of his gifts to the Conservatives close to £7million.
His appointment sparked a cash-for-honours row, with critics claiming wealthy donors were able to buy places in the legislature.’
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