KPMG gift to Labour may breach its own policy

KPMG has donated £4,500 to the Labour Party in what appears to be a breach of
its own policy.

The revelation in its annual report could prove embarrassing after questions
in parliament about KPMG secondees in government.

The firm said it had purchased a table at a gala dinner hosted by the party,
which is categorised as a ‘cash donation’ by the Electoral Commission.

The commission also recorded a £16,250 cash donation this year, a sum the
firm suggested may have actually been a secondment mis-attributed as a cash

Senior partner John Griffith-Jones played down concerns over the donation,
telling Accountancy Age: ‘There’s no concern at all [about us being too close to
political parties]. We avoid being accused of political bias because we also
send secondees to all political parties. ‘

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