I wonder what Iain Dale and others would have been saying if THIS story about a tax exile Lord was a Lib Dem or Labour Lord. According to the BBC
"When Lord Laidlaw was proposed for a working peerage in 2004 he agreed to a Lords' Appointments Commission request to renounce his tax exile status. "
According to the same report, he has not done so.
P.S. As Iain Dale has linked to this story and because at least one dim Tory has posted a comment saying I have failed to respond (even though I had more than an hour before he posted), it might be worth people reading the whole of my blog, not just this story before anyone else leaves a comment.
P.P.S. I am happy to have "altered" the wording to clarify a point I was making. I have used the direct quote from the BBC website. I previous stated that tax exiles were not alllowed to make donations to UK political parties. If it is not the law that this is the case, it certainly ought to be !