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Diary - Follow the money, the saying goes. And the result from Conservative HQ. Silence
"It was almost three weeks ago that we asked Conservative central office about the £50,000 donation made to the party by one John E Dodd, which is helpfully noted on the Electoral Commission register. Three weeks tomorrow in fact, but the frequent promises of clarification have never materialised. Frankly, we're still puzzled. Could it be, we asked, that the donor - who has given the party enough to become part of David Cameron's elite Leader's Club - is John Edwin Dodd, the investment type who co-founded Artemis fund management group?
John Edwin Dodd, the multimillionaire owner of the Glenogil shooting estate, in Angus, Tayside, who last year had his farming subsidy cut by £107,000 by the Scottish executive - a record sanction - after police found highly toxic and illegal pesticides on bait
. We thought it best to ask because it would seem strange for the Tories, who say they will do all to protect our green and pleasant land, to be taking money from one judged by the authorities to be imperilling it
, despite his continued claims of innocence. The days have passed since we asked. Since then, nothing from him, nothing from them."