There were angry exchanges in the Commons as the two front benches clashed over the vexed issue of party funding. Labour laid into the Conservatives after party treasurer Peter Cruddas was forced to resign over newspaper allegations about cash for access.
In turn, Conservative ministers pointed to Labour’s dependence on the unions for most of their funding. The Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson spoke up for the role of the unions and their members but she didn’t get much joy from the Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude.
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