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Right, I'm in Parliament, will be tweeting along to this committee meeting in a bit. Fingers crossed!
Just getting going. 2 staffers from the chief whip's office and one from the Electoral Commission here to see what happens. #brexitdarkmoney
OK, we're off. Chloe Smith up first, confirming the history & that only donations since this July will be published. #DUPdarkmoney
Chloe Smith going heavy on their claim that only Alliance proposed going with transparency from 2017, despite the fact that all parties but the DUP have now called for transparency from 2014. #brexitdarkmoney
Chloe Smith now going into detail about what happens in the case of loans... #brexitdarkmoney
"The government has fulfilled its obligation to consult the Electoral Commission" says Chloe Smith, failing to mention that it completely ignored their response. #brexitdarkmoney
Now, @OwenSmith_MP "we would like to be able to support this wholeheartedly, but we cannot". #brexitdarkmoney
"We, and the other parties, cannot support it" - @OwenSmith_MP #brexitdarkmoney
"I want to pay tribute to the work done by @naomi_long on this issue" - @owensmith_MP #brexitdarkmoney
"The reason there is concern is because of one donation - a donation of £425,000 to the Democratic Unionist Party" - @owenSmith_MP #brexitdarkmoney
"When the political parties in Northern Ireland changed their view, I changed my mind" - @OwenSmith_MP #brexitdarkmoney
"what has changed since then is growing concern about the source of the £425,000" #brexitdarkmoney
Chloe Smith claims she hasn't recieved any communication from political parties in Northern Ireland. Owen Smith responds by reading out what they NI parties have said to him, and, first, the Electoral Commission NI. #brexitdarkmoney
"there is no reason I can see... for coming up with that date of 2017" #brexitdarkmoney
"The views of the parties in Northern Ireland have changed as a result of growing concern about the DUP Brexit donation" #brexitdarkmoney
"there are significant doubts about the source of that money, and there are significant doubts about where it comes from" #brexitdarkmoney
Two DUP MPs are here to make sure their dirty little secret remains secret... #brexitdarkmoney
Sammy Wilson is claiming that the DUP's Brexit donation isn't protected because they've declared it. In fact, the donor to the CRC would have to be published if they weren't protected by NI secrecy laws. #brexitdarkmoney
Sammy Wilson and Ian Paisley saying that this donation was legal. In fact, the CRC paid a record (£6,000) fine for failing to comply with the law #brexitdarkmoney
Next up @DeidreBrock, who happens to be my MP. #Brexitdarkmoney
Brock (SNP) confirms that she will oppose. "This affair stinks". #brexitdarkmoney
"The government rode roughshod over the views of the people of Northern Ireland. 3 in every 4 respondents to the consultation supported publication. 4/5 supported retrospective application" - @DeidreBrock #brexitdarkmoney
"It's very clear that the law always envisaged retrospective publication" #brexitdarkmoney
"It is simply not good enough for us to choose *yet* another date for publication" - @DeidreBrock #brexitdarkmoney
Next up, @BenPBradshaw. Starts pointing out that some of the DUP money was spent with AggregateIQ, linked with Trump and the Muller investigation. #brexitdarkmoney
"The government is effectively covering that up" - @BenPBradshaw #brexitdarkmoney
Ian Paisley jumping in to demand Bradshaw investigate Sinn Fein. Bradshaw points out that transparency would apply to them too. #brexitdarkmoney
Bradshaw quotes Naomi Long - parties were advised at the time that transparency would date from 2014. #brexitdarkmoney
Margaret Beckett points out that the government previously supported transparency from 2014, but has since changed its mind. #brexitdarkmoney
Bradshaw asks Chloe Smith to explain the reasons for the fine charged to the CRC. She claims she doesn't know why. #brexitdarkmoney
"has she (Smith) herself satisfied herself that the donation was from a permissible donor" - @BenPBradshaw #brexitdarkmoney
Bradshaw: "the minister has claimed she is a helpless victim... there is nothing to stop her writing to the Commission asking them to investigate" #brexitdarkmoney
"the only reason for this is to for this order is to protect the government's deal with the DUP and I hope the committee rejects this shabby little order" - @BenPBradshaw #brexitdarkmoney
Sammy Wilson "it seems that there was a fixation on the money that was spent on the successful campaign to get the leave the EU" #brexitdarkmoney
"given that the people of Northern Ireland voted remain, doesn't the Hon Member wish they'd spent the money better" - Margaret Beckett #brexitdarkmoney
Owen Smith asks Sammy Wilson to tell the committee who asked them to spend the money as they did #brexitdarkmoney
Sammy Wilson claims the donation met all the rules, even though the CRC was fined £6,000 for failing to declare where they got their cash from #brexitdarkmoney
Tory MP claiming that "that side will be culpible in anything that happens to donors". Totally outrageous nonsense. #brexitdarkmoney
the Electoral Commission wrote to all parties saying they would publish all donations from 2014, says Margaret Becket. #brexitdarkmoney
Sammy Wilson: "parties in Northern Ireland can receive foreign donations without having to declare them... Sinn Fein receive millions of pounds through the Republic of Ireland" #brexitdarkmoney
As ever, the DUP rave about Sinn Fein when they know they are on a sticky wicket #brexitdarkmoney
is (Sammy Winson) concerned that the CRC was fined by the Electoral Commission, asks @BenPBradshaw #brexitdarkmoney
Now, Tory Simon Hoare patronises @OwenSmith_MP about not "stradding the (Northern Irish) divide, while backing a position only supported by hard loyalists in the DUP. #brexitdarkmoney
- @jessphillips asks whether Hoare thinks it's genuinely in bad faith that the Labour party seaks transparency. #brexitdarkmoney
Hoare, having complained about Labour making it party political, starts talking about Momentum funding. #brexitdarkmoney
Beckett asks why the Northern Irish Secretary of State disagrees with her predecessor, who supported the 2014 legislation. #brexitdarkmoney
Tory MP (not sure who) worries that donors may not be safe, even though he accepts parties were told their names would be made public. #brexitdarkmoney
Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour) intervenes to say it's best for the whole of the UK to deliver transparency from Jan 2014. #brexitdarkmoney
Chloe Smith claims to be delivering transparency while covering up for the DUP. #brexitdarkmoney
- @jessphillips asks the minister (Chloe Smith) to reconsider her words. #brexitdarkmoney
Simon Clarke claiming demands for transparency are about Brexit, not the political situation in Northern Ireland.

Amazing to watch Tories lecture *anyone* on Northern Ireland right now. #brexitdarkmoney
Ben Bradshaw "why is she ignoring the advice of the Electoral Commission on this issue" #brexitdarkmoney
Chloe Smith says after this, the government will consider future reforms. We'll hold her to that. #brexitdarkmoney
Now, a division... "lock the doors" #brexitdarkmoney
Government all vote "Aye". Opposition vote no. Government's cover-up passes 9/8 :( #brexitdarkmoney
Today, the government has tried to cover up for the DUP. But it won't stop me & @PeterKGeoghegan following their dark-money Brexit donations to find out where it really came from.

But we'll need your help: chip in here

crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/3746…

#brexitdarkmoney
Since 2014 the DUP's had 3 major financial scandals: NAMAgate, RHI, & #Brexitdarkmoney. Yesterday, Tory MPs @nadams @alexburghart @SimonClarkeMP @stevedouble @kevin_j_foster @Simon4NDorset @davidmorrisml & @NorwichChloe protected them from corruption investigations in that period
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